30th June 2020
We leave Long Itchington today and we travel just four miles, negotiating ten locks, including a staircase lock which we haven’t done since we were on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal 2 years ago. The Basecote Locks are a set of four locks and includes a canal staircase lock, where the bottom gate of the top lock is the top gate of the bottom lock, with no pound between they are cheaper to build than standard locks and a greater drop in a shorter space can be achieved. These locks originally built as single locks were modernised in the 1030's into wide locks.
Even though we are only covering four miles today there are two water points on this journey so I took advantage of this by getting two loads of washing done while cruising. An automatic washing machine is fairly water hungry, I do find that there needs to be balance between water usage and the need to replenish so this takes a bit of practice to achieve. I therefore tend to do washing when I know that we are on the way to the next water tap!
Heading West now, we cruise through some quiet wooded countryside while descending the six Fosse Locks which are widely spaced, finally mooring near the quiet village of Radford Semele.
Although we stay here for two weeks, the earlier days of our stay are marred with long days of heavy rain and high winds so we really don't manage to get out very much. we manage a trip to the local Asda which is about 15 mins cycle ride away and its all on good cycle paths. The car hire firm Enterprise has an office about 15 mins walk so we hire a car for 4 days and return to Kent to visit our daughter and family whom we haven't seen since Christmas! We were due to visit in April but Covid 19 put a stop to that visit. On our return we stock up with some supplies again from Asda and manage a walk around the local country park before heading into Leamington Spar.