Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Even More Kingfishers - 1st October

On route from Foxton we had three separate incidents of a Kingfisher flying in front of our bow. Their vivid colours were picked out by the sunshine and they make a wonderful sight to see.

In Husbands Bosworth tunnel we passed two hire boats the second of which stopped, making it difficult to pass them as their bow drifted out. Leaving the tunnel behind we passed through North Kilworth where work was still taking place on the marina which they had started when we came by 3 years ago. It looks like it will be a large marina when and if it is finished.


At Welford Junction we turned left down the arm and motored the 1.25 miles to the wharf at the end. The arm is quite narrow in places and feels more like a river than a canal. There is one lock to negotiate to reach the end and June took the boat through it both ways. There was quite a flow on the by-wash so presumably they were feeding water into the 21 mile long summit pound between Foxton and Watford Locks from the reservoir at Welford.


We moored up on the visitor moorings opposite the 2nd of the two marinas at the end of the arm. There is also a C&RT services block and the winding hole which has a wet and  dry dock at one side.


We walked through Welford Pocket Park to the village shop for a paper and some fresh veg for tonight's dinner and then returned to the boat for lunch.


On the road to the shop is a lovely wood carving of Postman Pat and  another of a Fox and Squirrel.


After lunch as we went to the bottom of the arm to turn around I spotted this interesting old caravan in the boat yard. It looks as though the boatyard also operates a Wall of Death fairground  attraction.


We continued up the arm and turned left towards Norton Junction and moored up for the night a little further on in a nice open spot where we could enjoy the afternoon sunshine and relax.

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