Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Spring Cruse 2015 ❹

Atherstone top lock to Falls Bridge

Date 4th April 2015.

Overnight the weather was persistent showers of rain though the night was a mild one.

Morning: Early start - 7am as we needed to chomp the miles today. Plenty of wildlife including four water voles were spotted. One on the Coventry canal and three on the northern part of the Oxford canal.

Afternoon: Soon we passed through the stop lock at Hawksbury. The Oxford canal towpath is a quagmire between Hawkesbury junction and Falls bridge only three people seen on the towpath. We had a few short showers from time to time.

Evening: The usual television and the political bombshell on the news, of the levels of tax avoidance being carried out. As millions of bank documents from Panama are released.


House Sparrow, Dunnock, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Rook, Jackdaw, Blackbird, Mallard, Mute Swan, Pied Wagtail, Goldfinch, Chiffchaff, Chaffinch, Robin, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coot, Moorhen, Grey Lag Goose, Canadian Goose, Grey Heron, Wood Pigeon, Thrush, Greater Black Backed Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Black Headed Gull, Pheasant and Green Woodpecker and Egyptian Goose. The highlight being six Buzzards engaged in a territorial fight.


People walking the towpath - 7 (mostly dog walkers)
Boats on the move - 9

Today's Total.

Miles: 22.0
Locks: 1
Swing / Lift Bridges: 0
Tunnels: 0
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 7.6

Accumulated Total.
Miles: 2704.6
Locks: 1733
Swing / Lift Bridges: 362
Tunnels: 62
Pump Outs: 26
Engine Hours: 3638.1

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