Thursday, 21 May 2009

Two rivers and a canal.

After writing last nights posting Marlene and I went for a walk around Watermead Country park which was at the side of where we were moored. It was a lovely wild nature area with hides for bird watching. A really nice space after traveling through all that urban sprawl.
As we set off this morning, on our left were numerous footpath signs, this went on for about a mile. A walkers paradise. Cruising through beautiful farm land we finally arrived at Mountsorrel lock, just as we were approaching we spotted an Indian camp bt no Indians(see picture). After passing through the lock we moored opposite a weir and walked into the village. To be honest it was a bit disappointing but we bought some plants for our pots,so the time wasn't wasted. The next place we passed through was Barrow on Soar where the lock has a drop of 9ft 7ins. Barrow is a very pretty village.
The next place we came to was Loughborough where we stopped briefly for lunch.Just before mooring we passed Normanton on Soar,with it's church which has a central tower and spire(very rare in so small a church), however we could not stop here as there is nowhere to moor. We finally moored near the Rose and crown just before Zouch lock.
Today the water way changed from the river Soar to the River Wreake and the Grand Union Canal, however the change is relatively unnoticeable without checking the map book.

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