Ashby Canal & Staffordshire Ring August 2019

This trip started at Gayton Marina, where Lady’s Smock has been moored following the trip down the Leicester Loop in July by Howard and Jean. Our route included a trip up the Ashby Canal with Alistair and Russel.
and the fitting of a new Battery Monitor at Springwood Haven marina.

This first Album is of the trip up the Ashby canal with Laurie, Mary, Alistair and Russel.

  • Setting off from Gayton, north up the Grand Union
  • Moored up for the evening at Whilton
  • Back to Whilton marina where it all began
  • In the morning ready for the Buckby flight
  • Looking back up the Hilmorton locks
  • Hilmorton locks Bistro
  • Our mooring at Hawkesbury junction in the morning light
  • Springwood Haven marina - now also part of ABC marinas. So one of our possible medium term moorings.
  • A sunny day at Springwood Haven, it does make me think of Hobbiton
  • And off up the Ashby, the first few yards
  • Alistair riding shotgun
  • The Lime Kilns another excellent Inn
  • The History of the Ashby Canal.
  • Overnight at Snarestone after a visit to the excellent Globe Inn
  • Snarestone tunnel portal
  • Moored fro the night at Stoke Golding
  • Stoke Golding in the morning sunshine
  • We Met up with the Grand Duke in Rugeley.

Following the trip up the Ashby canal Laurie and Mary continued to meet Howard and Jean at Great Hayward.

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Howard and Jean took the boat back to Fazeley Mill Marina via the Wolverhampton 21 and the old BCN mainline through Birmingham.

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Trip details and map

  Miles 197
  Locks 123
  Hours 96
  Days 23

DateOvernightMilesLocksEnd HoursCruising hours
12th AugGayton Marina--4453-
13th AugBuckby Bottom Lock11-44573.75
14th AugNorton Visitor Moorings1.4744592.5
15th AugHillmorton Visitor Moorings12944656.5
16th AugHawkesbury Visitor Mooring15144705
17th AugSpringwood Haven Marina7.5-44733
18th - 19th AugMoored
20th AugBramscote Road Bridge7-44774
21st AugCongerstone Bridge No 4714.5-44825.75
22nd AugSnareston Visitor Mooring5-44852.5
23rd AugStoke Golding Moorings11.5-44905
Alistair and Russell left by car
24th AugGoodacres Bridge5-44922.5
25th AugNuneaton Canal Farm Bridge8.5-44963
26th AugGrendon Bridge 4971145004.5
Alvecote marina (-)(*)4502
27th AugHopwas Visitor Moorings10.5245054.5
28th AugFradley Swing Bridge7.9-45082.45
29th AugMagazine Bridge 559.51745157
30th AugGreat Hayward Visitor Moorings10245194
Laurie and Mary handed over to Howard and Jean
31st AugMoat House Bridge 74161245288.75
1st SepTipton John the Lock Mooring12.52145356.75
2nd SepBirmingham Sheepcote St Moorings8.75345393.75
3rd SepCurdworth Visitor mooring92745456
4th SepFazeley Mill Marina61145493.5

(*) Diesel Full (+) Diesel Part Fill (-) Pump Out

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