No Direction

No Direction is our 70ft Narrowboat which is now home to my wife Jayne and myself, it was launched on 4th February 2008.

We spend the Winters in a Marina and cruise in the warmer weather.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Let There Be Light

Wednesday, 12th, October, 2011.
Fazeley to Kings Bromley Marina.
13.25 Miles  3 Lock's  1 Swing Bridge.

We have seen more maintenance on the Canal's in the last couple of days than we saw in 6 months last year.

Tuesday, British Waterways (B.W.) men had dredged the top 3 side ponds of Atherstone Locks and were in the process of rodding out the culverts, whether they intend on re-instating the paddles and using them again I don't know.  Then as we left the bottom lock another B.W. man was approaching with a large pot of grease and a brush to lube the paddle gear.

Today, just after we had passed through Huddlesford on the Coventry Canal we found a B.W. work boat in the middle of the canal, the driver signaled for us to stop and wait while they finished removing bits of tree from the water, after we had passed it was like entering a new waterway, the width had doubled now that all the overhanging trees and other vegetation had gone, it was like someone had switched the light on.
We found the biggest difference was the section where the canal runs parallel with the A38 by Streethay Wharf, this bit was one way traffic when we came pass last month but now 2 boats can pass easily.

The new double width Coventry Canal along side the A38. 

Then, if that wasn't enough 2 more B.W. people were walking the towpath with handheld computers checking boat licences, lets hope it continues.

We are now back in the Marina for the winter but we haven't stopped travelling just yet as next Monday we are off down to Cornwall ( by car ) for a few days to visit the Eden Project.

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