Day 28: Alvecote – Hartshill

9 miles
11 locks

We left the marina at the same time as Victoria, to fill up with diesel and buy a bag of coal, before heading off in the same direction as far as Polesworth, where Vicky was stopping.

Then it was up Atherstone locks, which were very busy, with boats leaving the rally and it being a popular route. We had to queue at every lock so it took us four and a half hours to get to the top. We had planned to go as far as Sutton Stop (Hawkesbury junction), but we wanted to catch up with a friend (Mark aka The Engineer) who works locally, so we decided to stop near the Anchor pub in Hartshills, where they were having a Pie Night. It was great to catch up and the pies were excellent too. Now tied up and we’ve got the stove on to keep off the autumn chill!


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