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Tamworth Castle

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    • Day4

      Tamworth

      October 20, 2020 in England ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      So, we travelled from Alvecote to Polesworth in search of a good bookstore and a good pint...we were disappointed on all fronts. Polesworth was rather not worth a visit. The short town had little on offer beyond tanning and beauty salons and so fairly sketchy looking pubs...alas the bookstore appeared to have shut. We spent a quick half hour hour jaunting through the town and around the priory (which interesting did have some CWGC graves in the cemetery), before heading back to the boar and onwards to a winding hole to turn around. We did end up returning to Polesworth where we finally lost the light and moored up for the night, treating ourselves to an Indian.

      Away early the next morning, we headed to Tamworth which was considerably more interesting. Whilst the castle was closed it still made for an interesting stop and the main streets retained some beautiful buildings from previous eras. The walk into Tamworth along the canal and the River Anker was rather nicer than we expected too. All making up for the disappointing evening the night before!
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    • Day3

      Alvecote Priory

      October 19, 2020 in England ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

      The morning continued on sleepily - cold and with little sunshine it felt far later in the day than it was. We followed the canal to Fazeley Junction, effectively circumventing Tamworth to the south before heading north and on towards Coventry.

      The Glascote locks on the east of Tamworth were a bit challenging, both in how slowly filled but also the unusually heavy gates which were a bugger to shift. Over the aqueduct the other side we wound onwards towards Alvecote. Notably once away from Tamworth, the canal again became more rural and tree-lined, and each breeze blew orange and red leaves across the sky like confetti... a pleasant scene to watch, certainly!

      We parked up briefly at Alvecote to visit the ruins of a benedictine priory, and by the time we did the sun was at least a little warmer than it had been through the morning. Whilst not much remained of the building, the stones that did had a beautiful array of colour in the afternoon sunshine. Onwards to Polesworth, where we plan to turn around and trundle back to Fradley Junction via a stop at Tamworth and Whittington.
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    • Day10

      Hopwas Again

      October 26, 2020 in England ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

      Through Fradley and back onto the Coventry Canal was fairly uneventful. At Whittington, I jumped off the boat and did a 5km past the military ranges, which was painfully slippery underfoot. 5km took me to Hopwas where I holed up in the Red Lion waiting for Ben to catch up in the boat. We ate tea in the pub before retiring for the evening.Read more

    • Day3

      Breakfast in Hopwas

      October 19, 2020 in England ⋅ ☁️ 7 °C

      We planned to leave this morning for a 90 minute jaunt to Hopwas where we could get a full English breakfast at the Red Lion. The morning sun struggled to break through the clouds and for most of our journey the sky resembled twilight more than morning. Passing half a dozen or so boats coming the other way, we plodded on through a quiet, leafy section of canal, complete with adjacent military firing ranges. We moored up at Hopwas for a worthwhile stop as the breakfast was superb! With sadly little else there however, we returned back to the boat to continue on after our meal.Read more

    • Day4

      Fradley Junction

      October 20, 2020 in England ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      Back through Fazeley Junction after Tamworth, we were aiming to make Fradley Junction for the evening. Just before we returned to Hopwas, I changed into my running gear and hopped off the boat for a cheeky 5km. Running on the towpath between Hopwas and Whittington was very picturesque and as I hit 5km I readjusted and headed for the Plough beyond Whittington in Huddlesford. 9km later and quite broken I treated myself to a pint whilst I waited for Ben to collect me!

      We journeyed the last hour through to Fradley where we moored up whilst I simultaneously sat on a Teams meeting, and then cracked my head off the roof of the boat as my battery died and I tried to sort the charge out whilst maintaining signal...OUCH. A restorative cider did little to calm the splitting headache and after a tea of spicy noodles back on the boat I had a relatively early night.

      Rain overnight had eased but not disappeared by morning, although mercifully my headache had. We went for a wander in the drizzle around the Fradley Nature Reserve before making a move through the locks and onwards to Alweras.
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