From Sutton Stop to Newbold Tunnel
We went for a short walk up the Coventry Canal last night & enjoyed some of the Canal Sculpture trail including this footbridge, by the time we got back it was getting dusk and the junction bridge was reflected beautifully in the water below.
The buzz of motorway traffic murmured away in the background all night and we followed the M6 for quite a few miles this morning, firstly passing under the M69 & then the M6 then after losing the motorway we followed the railway.
Some excitement was occasioned at Ansty where we went through a bridge and started to round the corner which inevitably follows when we lost steering because the propeller got wrapped up in a large piece of material, we managed to stop with the bows between two moored boats! Normal service was reused after diving down the weed-hatch and removing the offending article. Joy said it was a sari, I said it was dressing up clothes.
At lunchtime we stopped at Stretton Stop and after eating we visited Rose Narrowboats’ shop where bought some prezzies and some ice cream before setting off again. This section of the canal was straightened in the early 1800s and there are the remains of some of the old loops which can be made out in places, marked by elegant cast iron bridges which in some places now form the entrance to marinas but the highlight of the day was Newbold Tunnel which has been quite spectacularly lit with coloured lights.