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Another September weekend on the Ashby

Another good forecast for the weekend ahead saw us heading out from Hinckley on Friday afternoon. A couple of hours later and we are moored up between Sutton Cheney and Market Bosworth.

Saturday morning brought an unexpected repair job on the bath pump so it was after eleven before we set off. This was no bad thing since the early morning mist had only just lifted. We moved on to Snarestone which was quite congested and after turning around, we stopped south of the tunnel before walking up to the Globe for a drink. Shortly after, we moved on again, this time to Shackerstone where we stopped again for a visit to the church and the pub for a drink and a couple of games of pool. Returning to the boat, we untied and moved a mile or so down the cut. This long day led to us both falling asleep before nine o’clock, probably aided by the lighting of the fire.

There was no mist on Sunday so we set off just after nine, reaching Market Bosworth an hour and a half later. We walked up to the town and visited the Churchyard before buying some cooking apples, leaving some cash in an honesty box. We bought the papers and wandered around the farmer’s market before returning to the boat. Sue had some specialist mushrooms bought in the market with her bacon sandwich but with or without the fungus, the bacon sarnies were delish!

We set off at one o’clock on the journey back. There were a few showers but by comparison to drenching that we had at the beginning of the month, nothing too dramatic. The canal was fairly busy but apart from laughing at a hire boat missing a bridge completely, the journey was pretty straightforward for us and we were tied up in the marina just after half past four.