29th May 2020
We leave our mooring near Burton Hastings where we stayed overnight behind NB Lingalonga, they made an early start and we followed shortly afterwards. We cruise the last three miles of the Ashby Canal to Marston Junction. We turn left here, passing through Bedworth in a long cutting before mooring just before Hawkesbury Junction for a few days. It was a hot sunny day and after 11 weeks on the Ashby it was a welcome change to cruise somewhere new.
I take a walk down to Tesco while here and pick up a few provisions. It was a longer walk than I anticipated and turned out to be just over 2 miles each way. On the Sunday we took a short circular walk round the lake and through the Miners Welfare Park before joining the canal again (approx 2 miles)
1st June 2020
It’s another warm and sunny day and since the weather is set to change in the next few days we decide to move down to Coventry Basin where we will spend the night before returning back to Hawkesbury Junction
At Hawkesbury Junction the Coventry Canal meets the Oxford Canal but we continue straight on to Coventry Basin. There is quite a bit of canal history here and after topping up with water we pass Hawkesbury engine house which was built in 1821 and used to house a steam engine called Lady Godiva which was used to pump water from mines in the area to supply the canal. It is now in Dartmouth Museum, having been decommissioned in 1913, having worked for nearly 200 years, the first 100 being at Griff Colliery in Warwickshire. There is also a cast iron Roving Bridge with a broad trellis pattern and dated 1837 where both canals meet. This was built by the Brittania Foundry in Derby.
We expected to have to go down the weed hatch a few times on this stretch as there was quite a bit of rubbish in the canal, however we took our time and cruised slowly and didn’t need to. We stopped just before Bridge 8 where there is a large Tesco and while Pat stopped on the boat I stocked up on my depleted supply of store cupboard ingredients.
We pass under the M6 motorway and wind through some busy industrial and urban areas where some smart new housing has been built before arriving at Coventry Basin which is situated near the town centre.