Friday, 10 June 2016

Narrow Broad Canal - Friday 10th June

We made an early start again today with the canal changing character once again. All along the sides are lovely large clumps of yellow Iris which make a great show.IMG_7935

Although  most of the locks were against us we made good progress the girls having got into a good routine and soon we were passing the Medieval Village of Wystowe which used to be roughly where this church now stands.IMG_7937

At Taylors Turnover Lock this horse and very tiny pony were grazing and in the field next to the lock was this a Marque which looked as though it was being set up for a wedding reception tomorrow.d1

Approaching Saddington Tunnel the canal got narrower and narrower and out the other side it continued to be narrow with 75% of the canal being taken over by reeds on one sharp bend. I believe the stretch of canal up to Debdale Wharf is designated an SSSI and therefore navigation takes second place.d2

We moored up at Foxton about lunchtime and the Foxton Locks Inn had a Jazz Band playing through the lunch service so we had music whilst we ate our delicious sausage baps from the café at the top of the locks.


After lunch we walked around the village of Foxton which is a little way down the arm and has lovely houses including this one just below the church which overlooked the valley.


Our walk took us back up Swingbridge Street to the top of the locks where we indulged in one of the cafes local ice-creams. On the way down the locks we spotted on a boat going up this article which we had seen floating in the canal at Kilby Bridge. We had thought that they were drums or flower pots but were informed by the boater that they were the replica containers that the Indian people use to send off the ashes of their dearly departed. He assured us that this one was empty.20160610_151953

Returning to the boat Jo and John and there granddaughter were visiting Autumn Years and we joined them for afternoon tea and a chat.

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