THURSDAY 13TH AUGUST 2009
We left this pretty mooring behind and as we cruised along we could clearly see the strata’s of the turquoise blue stone that had been cut through in the digging of the canal.
The upward climb continued through the well spaced twelve locks with the exception of the staircase lock at Bascote. An education, for we realised that the lock can accommodate two boats one way and one boat the other, with a little shuffle when all three boats arrive at the middle level, very neat.
There is a four mile summit level through Leamington and Warwick, we carried on passed Leamington railway station where we would be collecting some friend tomorrow and stopped for lunch and provisions near the handy new Lidl store by bridge 41.
The weather was being very kind to us despite an indifferent forecast so we continued after lunch down the two locks to the West of Warwick and turned around at the junction with the short Saltisford Arm, just before the 21 locks of the Hatton flight, returning the way we had come, mooring up just before the two locks and resisting the temptations of the Cape of Good Hope pub.