To Hartshill (May 4)

Today was a typical English Bank Holiday, cold, windy and damp. We left Hopwas in light rain and stopped off at Fazeley Junction to pick up water. Another boat was already picking up water so we breasted-up and waited. As we waited, three Sea Otters arrived to empty “elsans” making it quite a busy spot.

We went up Glascote Locks in brighter weather and then stopped for lunch near Alvercote Priory. The afternoon was drier and we had a reasonably good journey up the eleven locks of the Atherstone flight although most needed filling, and they fill slowly. Half way up the flight we had a confusing period waiting for boat to come down the flight. They turned into Baddesley Wharf so we had to close up the lock we had left ready for them.

It was very quiet near the flight with no walkers, joggers or cyclists. Maybe the residents of Atherstone were all indoors watching TV. Under grey skies, we continued to Hartshill and moored up just short of the village. Low level GPRS again tonight.