Friday 4th March 2016 – 444.37 miles
Up at 7am today. Leisurely start to the day – we sat chatting and drinking tea.
Our nephew Luke stopped by to say hello – lovely to see you Luke and thanks for the hand warmers. Maureen dropped us off at The Hare and Hounds pub at Minworth just before 9am.
Another good day – the weather was not too bad. We had a bit of everything today – sunshine, snow and rain.
It wasn’t long before we left the houses and businesses behind and found ourselves in open countryside again. The canal continued onwards through Curdworth where we met Peter Wall who stopped to chat about our walk and he wished us good luck – thanks Peter. Further on we came across a narrow boat which was leaning at a strange angle and sitting deep in the water.
The boat belongs to Paul and he and his friend John had been trying to pump the water out to no avail. We left them waiting for someone to bring a bigger pump – hope all turns out well Paul and John.
The canal followed the M42 for a while then turned away and headed towards the Kingsbury Water Park – a large area of small lakes and grassland a haven for birds.
We met John and Mandy out for a walk. Their son has cycled from Lands End to John o’Groats and John was one of the support team. Good to meet you both and thanks for your words of encouragement John and Mandy.
A mile or so further we met Matt who owns one of the many narrow boats moored along the canal. He invited us in for a coffee – as you know, we never refuse a cuppa! We spent nearly an hour drinking coffee and eating chocolate biscuits, talking about canals and narrow boats, and our walk too. Thanks for the lovely coffee Matt.
Buying a canal narrow boat is now on our bucket list!
We reached Fazeley Junction where the canal splits and to the right was the Coventry Canal and we turned to the left towards Fradley.
Only a few more miles along a muddy towpath before we left the canal at the Lichfield Road Bridge at Hopwas – our destination for today.
Had a lovely evening drinking wine and eating amazing food – thanks Steve and Alison. X