Sunday, 31 August 2014

A wet day in Stoke Bruerne

My Mum and my Sister Heather stayed on Constance for a week in Cosgrove. They were able to drive about the area and visit places they would not normally see and used the boat as a base for day trips.
Bridge 65 - Cosgrove
We came back on August Bank Holiday Sunday and joined Mum & Heather for lunch in the Barley Mow Cosgrove. This meant that we all crossed the canal via the Horse Bridge, or should it be the Horse Tunnel?
Later we moved on up to Stoke Bruerne and were lucky to find a mooring for the night not far from the museum and before the tunnel.
The bit about Elderly Ducks amused us as we passed Yardley Wharf
Stoke Bruerne bottom Lock
Our mooring at Stoke Bruerne
In the evening we walked up to the tunnel entrance then back to Stoke Bruerne Top Lock.

Blisworth Tunnel South Portal
One of the concrete sections used to repair the tunnel

Stoke Bruerne Top Lock
At Stoke Bruerne Top Lock the have kept an example of the double lock system. We passed many double bridges and filled-in narrow locks so it was nice to see a little of how it would have looked.
On Bank Holiday Monday it rained! Did it ever? During a pause in the rain we went to the museum and spent a couple of hours in the dry. In the evening we had a take-away curry from the Indian Restaurant by the lock - it was excellent!

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