Thursday, 12 February 2015

Our date with Ashby

Day 8 Our second week enjoying the lack of big locks and the sound of the bird life we made our way onto the Ashby Canal, tranquil and very different in character to the Rivers we'd travelled on and certainly no big towns to get through.  We moored for the night at Bridge 5, enjoying the evening sun and the sunset.

Day 9 A big day for us as we were heading for Bosworth Marina and our first overnight stay, and a taste of what will be in store for when we moor our own boat here. Not a rushed day we enjoyed the pace, but did get caught behind another incredibly slow boat, having to knock out of gear to keep our distance, the wind had picked up in time for our arrival at the marina, typical! still we arrived at the water point outside and filled the tank.  Two smiling people greeted us Sue and George who now own Caxton.

We turn into the marina entrance and under the bridge, and felt the full force of the wind in our faces, this could be interesting.  After a couple of attempts to get alongside the pontoon (we now know the marina is big enough to pirouette with a boat) With some great boat handling in difficult conditions Martin brought the boat in safely, boat secured we were soon enjoying the great company and hospitality of Sue and George.

Our first view of Bosworth Marina from the water, very exciting
Day 10 Switch off day, doing what we want, when we want.  We ventured up the hill to Market Bosworth, we've done this every time we've visited the marina during the construction, its a lovely town and the walk is easy. A pint in the Red Lion, a read of the Sunday paper, some bargains purchased from the Co-op store, we ventured back down the hill.

A mooring with a view
Our goodbyes made to Sue and George, we settled in for our second night, making the most of the evening sunshine and the sunset.