Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Spring Summer Cruse 2015 ❺

Falls Bridge (48) to Hillmorton Services.

Date 5th April 2016

Overnight the weather was cold and overcast. The rain seemed to hold off for a change.

Morning: A late start and the Memsahib bailed out in Rugby to catch a train into Birmingham to pick up the car.  So me and the dog single handed our way along the canal. It was very quiet with only the odd person or boat on the move. The towpath is in a dire condition. The canal is in need of some remedial work.

Afternoon:  Soon arrived at Hillmorton bottom lock and there was a volunteer on duty.  Hillmorton was where we had planned to stop.

Evening:  Out to the New Inn at Buckby for a pint with Maffi. We spotted a young lady pushing a bicycle in the dark along the road verge. A short time later she came into the pub. She has stopped because she had no lights and was on her way to London. A trip of about 70+ miles.  The land lady convinced her to get a train and to take the bike with her.


Birds: House Sparrow, Dunnock, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Rook, Blackbird, Mallard, Mute Swan, Pied Wagtail, Goldfinch, Chiffchaff, Chaffinch, Robin, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coot, Moorhen, Canadian Goose, Grey Heron, Wood Pigeon, Buzzard, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Greater Black Backed Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull and Black Headed Gull.


People walking the towpath - 9
on the move - 7  
Today's Total.
Miles: 4.7
Locks: 1
Swing / Lift Bridges: 0
Tunnels: 1
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 2.7

Accumulated Total.
Miles: 2709.3
Locks: 1734
Swing / Lift Bridges: 362
Tunnels: 63
Pump Outs: 26
Engine Hours: 3640.8

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