Out of Rugby and through the 250yd Newbold on Avon Tunnel we pass Brinklow Marina to port which marks the point where we sail into virgin water (for this crew at least).
There is open farmland on both sides until All Oaks Wood appears on the port side,
here the canopy covers the canal in shade for half a mile, then it's back to open farmland behind hedging, dissected by the imposing M6 motorway
On the map the village of Ansty looked a likely place to stop but we didn't see a single visitor mooring spot, occupied or vacant, perhaps they don't like visitors. Long Term Permit Holders moorings in abundance probably because of it's proximately to the motorway. We stopped about a mile north for lunch then cruised on to moor for the night just before Hawkesbury Junction.
Our mooring second boat over looked by power cables.
The route we will take on the Coventry Canal
Opposite direction leads to Coventry
Leaving the Oxford Canal left for Coventry right Nuneaton
Lock to the Junction.
Bridges made from British steel were made to last.
Bridge number one of the Oxford canal.
Note the grooves in the steel and masonry made by the ropes of countless horse drawn boats of old.
We had a glass of Ale in The Greyhound at the junction.
His and hers Marston Pedigree Ale, the ale is getting cheaper as we head north only £3.05 a pint here .
They had lots of guest beers on sale too
Sorry about the fuzzy picture, I didn't dare try the Church End Brewt Ale at 8%!