Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Hopwood to Napton

Wednesday we left our mooring at Hopwood about 9 and headed towards Birmingham not long before we entered the Wasthills tunnel which is 2726 yards long  , after which we turned right onto the Strafford-on-Avon canal , Guillotine lock is the first lock you come to which does not work now

we carried on for a while and moored up at Warings Green after 10.75 miles
Thursday we started at 8.30 and heading for Lapworth locks which is a flight of 19 locks which are the last narrow locks till we get back on the Oxford canal we had a good trip down the flight soon we were down at Kingwood junction

 we turned right towards Warwick

 just leaving the junction
soon we came to another tunnel this one called Shrewley tunnel and 433yards long
there is a towpath tunnel as well

inside the towpath tunnel
soon after the tunnel we moored up just before Hatton after doing 10miles and 19 locks
Friday we left our mooring at 9ish and headed for top lock of the Hatton flight 21 locks
 some of the 21 hatton locks

 old bw yard
once down the bottom of the locks we headed for Saltisford arm which use to be the Warwick and Napton canal  this arm has been restored and is run by the Saltisford canal trust and offer good moorings and a very good cheap laundrette we stayed here for a couple of days as Chris (our son) was heading up to see us on Sunday as it was my birthday and also he was taking away our old 240v fridge and a freezer away as we do not need them anymore slowly saying good buy to 240v electric on our boat (3 miles 21 locks today)
moored at Saltisford arm
while at the arm we had a walk round Warwick
 Warwick Castle

collegiate church

down the arm i found this duck sat on her nest (not sure how the duckling will get out )

also a hire boat came into the arm and this man came up to me and said he read our blog and really enjoyed it and liked the photo Thanks Tony
Monday we off again going through Warwick and then Royal Leamington Spa  we saw what some volunteers had dragged out of the canal thank you

and up Bascote locks and mooring up just before Cuttle after doing 9.5miles 12 locks
Tuesday soon after leaving our mooring we came up to Stockton locks a flight of 10 locks
just as we were going to into the locks a hire boat moved off in front of us and it is good to share this double locks it was Tony and his wife who i had met at Saltisford arm

 stockton locks

 old brick chimney

 work boat having a paint job

 we moored up just round the corner after 2mile and 10 locks
Tuesday we left our mooring and headed for Napton  on the way we saw this
 any clues ??


 The Great Crested Grebe
 and  saw this pair of swan and signets

 this was take at napton junction and we turned right here and down onto the Oxford canal we moored up just after the junction
after 3 miles 3 locks
after we moored up over the canal in a field we saw some Alpacas, Emus and some cattle

our Friends John and Jackie moored up behind us
 tonight's mooring


  1. Hi Colin and Tina

    It was good to meet you and thank you for sharing the locks with us.

    Enjoyed you 'photos as usual although not sure of some of the content this time....

    The waterways are now safer for another year.

  2. Enjoy the rest of your summer

    Best wishes

    Tony & Yvonne


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