We stayed overnight in Coventry basin and as everything worthwhile seeing is closed we decide to make a move back to Hawkesbury Junction.
We leave the Basin, top up with water and we make our way back to Hawkesbury Junction. There is an interesting row of elegant weavers houses, where the living accommodation was on the two lower floors with the top storey being occupied by looms, driven by a single shaft from a steam engine. These were known as 'Cash's Hundred Houses' part of a cottage factory constructed in 1856-7 by quakers John and Joseph Cash. One hundred three story houses were planned but in the end only 48 were built and only 37 remain.
We duck under the M6 Motorway and continue to Hawkesbury Junction. Here, the Coventry Canal meets the North Oxford Canal and we take a sharp right turn, through the 7 inch stop lock known as Sutton Stop, after the family who once lived in the adjacent cottage.
The elegant bridge which spans the junction has a span of 50 feet and was cast at the Britannia Foundry in Derby at a cost of £630 in 1837.
We moor for six days about a mile south of the junction, this was really not by choice although it turned out to be quite a good mooring.
It has rained for every day of those six days. so on the next nice day we continue our southward journey on the North Oxford Canal towards Rugby. We pass through some open countryside and steep embankments before mooring just past Bridge 34 at Brinklow.
The mooring here was just lovely, it was a nice wide tow path which wasn't too busy and about a 15 min walk into the village. There was a little sandwich bar which was open and a fish and chip takeaway where we had our first take out meal for 4 months. We would have liked to visit a nearby park (Coombs Park) about 20 mins on the bikes but again due to weather restrictions we didn't get round to doing this. We probably could have stayed a little longer as there is a Morrisons and Lidl about 30 mins cycle ride, however we would also need water within a few days so we stayed for four days then moved onto Rugby to pick up water and provisions.