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Saturday, 5 July 2014

Going round the bend.

The forecast was right and the weather dried up before we set off and it has been a nice day all round. We did hear faint bars of 'music' from the festival but just mingled with the wind.

Sileby Mill Marina just by the lock. There is a candle stick maker in residence now, The butcher and baker are up in the village!

The route alternates between the river and artificial cuts. The nature of the river sections is very rustic and there are places you don't want to meet a boat coming the other way due to all the bends and not being able to see very far due to the trees etc. It is very atmospheric and pleasing on a nice day like today and we didn't hurry on at all.

The River Soar after Cossington Lock.

Another view of the River Soar..

After Cossington Lock the route actually transfers from the River Soar to the River Wreake. Then there is Junction Lock and a little further from there the Wreake leaves the canal. Junction Lock was actually named after the junction at the River Wreake where the  Melton Mowbray and Oakham Navigation left for those locations from 1791.

Helen waiting for a level at Junction Lock where about the river and canal navigation to Melton Mowbray and Oakham.

Iron shadow sculptures at Thurmaston Lock that have something to do with the fact the lake nearby is named after King Lear of Shakespeare fame.

We moored near to  Birstall Lock and went for a walk. There were about 200 homes running a Yard Sale today in the village and there were plenty of people about. Helen got a couple of bargain books and a half size loaf tin. I can't see the point of one half size as that means only half as much cake! After that we walked round a couple of the lakes that make up the Watermead Country Park.
There are very well made paths and lots of Mum's with buggies etc.

We stopped for an icecream and were mobbed by these grey lag and brent geese along with the white ones!

A view from the top of what used to be gravel pits.

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