When we started off on the boat, Tuesday morning, we realized how far we had actually cycled along the towpath, way passed where the M42 passes overhead, this practice ride would be very useful later on.
We stopped after the first four of the Atherstone locks. we had plenty of time to get to the Ashby Canal to meet chums, Marilyn & Brian on Friday evening, so there was no need to push on too hard. However we took a stroll up the rest of the locks and eventually turned left into the town. The main road was called Long Street, which was very appropriate as it is part of Watling Street. The town was a hat manufacturing centre and although it had many attractive original buildings and features, the top end of the town looked very depressed.
Things improved considerable at the bottom of the town when we found as Aldi store, although totally unprepared, no ‘bags for life’ or our fold up M&S trolleys. We came away loaded up with some of their great value specials. Fingers were nearly falling off by the time we got back to the boat.