The water point has been moved but fortunately we will be ok for a while.
When the Oxford canal was built it provided a route from Birmingham to London via the River Thames from Oxford. The construction of the broader and straighter Grand Junction canal cut journey times between the two cities jeopardised its survival.
In response to this threat the Oxford Canal Company undertook a programme of straightening their canal. Cutting Newbold Tunnel was part of that programme.
They also dug cuttings to eliminate the original twists and turns as evidenced by many bridges like this across the resulting redundant loops.
Throughout our cruise today we have encountered contractors and C&RT teams working on bank improvement.
These coir rolls are the current method of planting vegetation.
I guess this balances out the mooring improvements in Rugby.
It always takes a time to get through Rose Narrowboats, with their swing bridge linking the site.
But today the passage is even more involved than usual.
At Ansty bridge 15 which had been looking very precarious for many years has now had the span removed leaving just the abutments.
The U-turn at Sutton Stop where we joined the Coventry Canal was executed expertly as you would expect.
As we headed up towards Nuneaton we admired the gardens backing onto the canal and contrasting them in our minds with thirty years ago when all we used to see was broken fridges and bedsteads
22 miles / 1 lock / 1 tunnel