Saturday, 9 June 2012

The Big One (10-7)

Saturday 9th June 2012

Shobnall Fields to Whittington Bridge 78.

Strong winds and the first boat of the day (Nb Singleton) at 7am conspired to wake me from the warmth of my bed. Tea and dog walking were high on the morning agenda. Today we want to push on and get to the other side of the River Trent section between Cow Bridge and Alrewas Lock. I am anticipating the water levels to be up.

We spotted some diesel oil on one section of canal just above Shobnall Fields which we reported to BW for their attention.

The gauge on the last lock before leaving the canal was just into the yellow band and so we made a put onto the river. In reality it was a simple easy trip. We followed a boat who time and again set the lock emptying for our arrival if there was no boat going the other way.

At Hunts Lock on the Trent and Mersey Canal we spotted Nb Bobcat. The owner Cesca is a well known blogger. Last seen in June 2010 at Torksey on the Fossdyke. 

Wildlife: Three Buzzards in combat over territory. A pair of Greylag Geese with a minimum of twenty small gosling's. Grey Squirrel, and Mink! The usual good numbers of Swifts, Swallows, House Martin and Sand Martin. Quite a few Kestrels spotted along the first part of the Coventry Canal. We were followed today by a few Common Tern, one was fishing in our wake and having some success. 

Daily Total
Miles: 14.7
Locks: 10
Swing / Lift Bridges: 1
Tunnels: 0
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 6.8

Accumulated Totals
Miles: 832.3
Locks: 682
Swing / Lift Bridges: 116
Tunnels: 6
Pump Outs: 10
Engine Hours: 2184.5


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