24th March 2020
We arrived at our mooring beside Ambion Woods and stayed for 2 weeks, during this time we cycled up to Market Bosworth to the small Co-op store in the village. This was a trip of approximately two and half miles. Andrew and Julia on NB Lingalonga have been moored in front of us about 3 boat lengths away and we asked if they needed anything and they supplied us with a short list of essential requirements. It wasn’t a bad ride, slightly uphill on the way there ,but Market Bosworth was quite a pretty market town largely unchanged since the 18 century. It was such a shame to see everything closed , except the small Co-op. Unfortunately we must have gone on a bad day as a lot of stock was depleted and although we managed to get Andrew and Julia’s stuff , they had no fresh meat and very few vegetables.
The next day I phoned the farm shop located beside Bridge 25 and ordered a good supply of meat and vegetables and the following day we cycled the 3 miles to pick it all up along with a short list from NB Lingalonga.
6th April 2020
Despite our visit to the farm shop we were soon in need of a larger supermarket, so today we take a very short cruise passing the site reputed to be where in 1485 Richard III met his demise to Henry Tudor who thus became Henry VII. (More about this in a later vlog/blog!) We tried to moor opposite the farm but the canal was just too shallow so we ended up mooring at the Battlefield moorings just pass Bridge 35. At first we didn’t feel that comfortable here, we don’t know why and couldn’t explain it but once we had moored up and had some lunch we become more comfortable with it.
That afternoon we got the bikes out only to find mine had a puncture ( it turned out to be a leaky valve ) so Pat had to change the inner tube. We walked back to Bridge 35 (as the tow path was so uneven) and then cycled the 4.5 miles to Morrisons at Hinckley. Again they were a bit short on fresh veg so we returned the following day and picked up more supplies. While here we also found another lovely little farm shop by Shenton Aqueduct, so picked up some more lovely fresh meat!