Friday 18 September Theddingworth to near Watford (17 miles, 2 tunnels)
Condensation greeted us this cold morning, although blue sky shared the heavens with high white clouds. NB Leap Of Faith passed quietly at 0730, while John was cooking his fried breakfast. After doing a few boat jobs, we eventually set off about 1000, taking our time. The cool wind meant wearing jumpers, although the sun was warm when you were in it! Soon we approached the cutting and tunnel at Husbands Bosworth, 1170 yards long.
North Kilworth now has a massive new marina opposite the old wharf, and we assume this is one reason why we have passed so many moored and oncoming boats since Foxton.
A narrowboat paused to let Annie through the junction with the Welford Arm, before she turned North. Here, the infant River Avon, Shakespeare’s own, comes from Welford Reservoir.
Eight miles of twisting, country contour canal wind around the low hills on the way to Yelvertoft village and marina. Between bridges 23 and 22 are scenic south facing piled moorings.
Around Crack’s Hill, which is easily accessible, with topograph and beacon on top, we passed Crock Marina., which adjoins the base of ABNB, from whom we bought Annie six years ago. How fast the time has gone!