It was a 10 minute walk into Knowle which had good shops, huge church and a selection of pubs and restaurants. We explored on Friday, checked the times of the church services for Sunday and booked a meal for Sunday. This time we chose to go in the evening as it was Father's day and we thought there might be less children at that time!!! Also the Greswolde Arms Hotel were offering 3 course for £14 instead of 2 if you went after 6pm......
Knowle Parish Church as they seem to call themselves(St John the Baptist and St Lawrence & Anne is what the book says) is huge with lots going on, 5 services on Sunday and lots of groups for the younger generation. We chose the 11am Communion and met a large number of families coming out of the 9.30 service. There must have been a good 50+ at our service. Later we walked back to the village (it is really a bit more than a village) for our dinner which was excellent.......recommended if anyone is passing that way.
After a 4 day stay in a very pleasant spot we set off bright and early to tackle our first double locks of the year. My day did not start well as Barney indicated to me that he wanted to go out at 5.30am....most unusual for him so I felt I had to comply.......it was a false alarm.......my day never really recovered, I felt out of sorts all day!! The locks themselves were OK as we were going down, but there is nowhere to tie up in the large in-between pounds and they were all set against us so it was a long hover for me and a fair bit of walking for Geoff & Barney...
The stretch to the junction was pleasant enough and this looked like a good cruising club.
When we reached Kingswood junction we turned to go down the Stratford canal and met our first boat of the day on the move......and guess what.......they were just starting down the locks!!!!! I knew it wasn't my day......
We completed 5 locks and then someone passing told us there was a hold up ahead as one of the lock gates was stuck. Since we were in a pretty enough spot and with room to moor between the lock bollards we decided to call it a day. (No internet connection)
|The sun made it's only appearance of the day through the trees later in the evening|
|Under the M40 to start|
|Glad we are underneath|
|Pretty flowers on the banks all along this stretch|
|Unusual lock cottages|
|Patiently waiting for the lock to empty|
|Pretty bridges over many of the locks with a gap in the middle for the horses rope to pass through|
|another lock cottage|
|and yet another....rather a strange one....|
|The Edstone Aqueduct, not quite the Pontcysyllte but I preferred Geoff to be steering!|
...and so to Wilmcote moorings....ahead are another 16 locks to Stratford so as it was nearly lunch time we decided to stop for the day. We are still amazed at how quiet the canal is...........every boat yard we pass seems to have plenty of their boats idle.......
Total distance:4.87 miles
Average speed:0.83 mph (2.36 lock/mph)
Total distance:8.54 miles
Average speed:1.66 mph (4.39 lock/mph)