Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Current End Of The Ashby Canal

As planned we cruised for two hours to reach the current end of the Ashby Canal. I walked for three miles to give Ben a good walk along this lovely rural canal. To reach the end is through Snarestone Tunnel which is a one way working tunnel and we were in luck as nobody was coming the other way. At the end we turned around with great difficulty due to the wind! We used the facilities and bought some 'loo blue' from the little hut run by the very friendly Ashby Canal Society before retracing our steps as there was no room for a 57 foot boat. The canal always looks different coming the other way and I spotted a kingfisher as we cruised through Gopsall Wood apparently a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Eric saw a deer drinking underneath a canal bridge when we passed here two years ago.

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