Monday, 21 September 2009

Heading for home

We couldn’t leave this morning until Lyra had had another swim, she made that clear on her first walk, which is just a short one she had before breakfast to do what little dogs need to do, when she headed straight for the swimming point. She came away when called which was very good. She did get her swim on her proper walk after breakfast so she was happy. Just as we were getting ready to leave the boat moored in front of me was also getting ready so we ended up following it to Branston Lock. I really like this little lock with it’s position out in the middle of nowhere. Once through we had a pleasant run into Burton.

Ended up behind another boat, which I think had just winded, at Snobnall so followed them to Dallow lock, which today was where the wonderful smell of hops appeared. Carried on until we got to bridge 29A where we moored outside the pub for lunch.

It’s perhaps not the most scenic point in Burton, with a modern pub building, a modern bridge and an industrial estate on the offside, but it was where I stopped on the first night after I had bought the boat and was moving it my mooring. As it was also where Katy spent her fist night on the boat, I couldn’t help get a bit upset as I still miss her terribly.

Once out of Burton, the canal is lovely but never far away from major roads or the railway. Approaching Stenson I saw the temporary bridge that is providing a crossing due to the proper bridge having suffered from a tractor crossing it. I didn’t want to go down the wide lock at Stenson, so winded in the marina entrance and have moored near to the damaged bridge for the night.

The damage is pretty severe, with about half the width missing.

PICT0080 There is a notice on site saying that the bridge is going to be rebuilt as original, and the work is scheduled to start during this winters stoppages so it should be back to it’s former glory by the time I next come this way. On our walk, we crossed over the temporary bridge and followed the canal back down to the railway bridge which has a pedestrian arch on the offside. There is a small area, Stanhope wood, here which had been cut off by the canal, railway and new road from the rest of the farm and has been planted with native trees, with a wildflower meadow.

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