There was a bitter cold wind from Russia blowing, but we were keen to get going and wrapped up warm against the north easterly and set off.
Taking the turn under the iron bridge, at Hawkesbury Junction,
past the famous Greyhound pub,
We hadn't been travelling long when the blue skies were gone and the clouds above were dropping a heavy shower of snow.
It didn't last long and set the pattern for the day, bright sun and heavy snow...
but not for long,
sunnysnow or snowysun?
It was very cold so we stopped once we had passed through the boatyard swingbridge at Stretton under Fosse, the home of Rose narrowboats.
Taking a walk later to take a closer look at Brinklow Arm, full of moored boats, many of them historic working boats.
Old boats, Brighton and Nuneaton (in the floating dry dock)
The Narrow Boat Trust owns the pair Nuneaton and Brighton, still used for carrying traditionally as a pair whenever possible.
Steamboat Icebreaker, Laplander
another Icebreaker, Baltic
didn't note name of this one, converted live on.
looking back towards the junction.
We then walked up to the village through another snowstorm,
by the time we got to the church the sun was out once more and blue skies were again above us.
The church has a sloping floor, sloping back from the altar to the bell tower.
I liked this notice inside, it made me feel welcome to look around (with Jumble in tow).
And out into another snowstorm.
Snarestone - Market Bosworth
6.5 miles, 1 tunnel
Market Bosworth - Bedworth
Bedworth - Hawkesbury
Hawkesbury - Stretton Stop
6.5 miles, 1 lock, 1 bridge