Buildings still being used
All above taken around Hartshill Yard
We enter Atherstone to starboard an all together more pleasing populated area than Nuneaton, the paint can vandals haven't been allowed to run amok here. A mostly easy on the eye area with a pretty flight of 11 locks. Just before the first lock we made use of the water point. Three volunteer lock keepers helped us through. We asked why three and they were waiting the arrival of a disabled crew to help them down the locks , bless them. Out of Atherstone, Merevale Hall appears to port in a manicured wooded garden down to the waters edge.
Passing over the river Tame via an aqueduct.
Merevale Hall grounds
We pass through the town of Tamworth with 15 bridge 'oles and two locks to negotiate, under Watling Street Bridge and bridge 77 we turn right leave the Coventry Canal at Fazeley Junction and head north on the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal where we have moored at Hopwas Village.
Not sure what this big wheel is for but it's not as big as Isabella.
Work in progress in a dry dock
FL at Hartshill Yard
We did a full 8 hours cruising today, 15 miles and 13 locks.