Thursday, 2 June 2011

Coventry Basin - Ansty

Captains Log

Canal Date                                    2nd June 2011
Travels                                             11 Miles 1Locks
Current Location                   Ansty (Oxford Canal)

Coventry – What a pleasant surprise. The basin is very quiet indeed. Most of the time we were the only ones moored there. We had good quiet nights sleep. We were wrong to assume that all town centre moorings are noisy, they just are not.

Whilst in Coventry we walked the city centre which is not much to get excited about. We went to the motor museum, now that is something to get exited about. I think that it is just about the best museum I have been to. Well laid out, a full range of cars, bicycles, motor bikes, Race cars, Buses and tractors. Truly amazing. The most impressive part is it is all free! (We did make a donation.)

After dumping the rubbish and topping up the tank, this morning we set off at 10.45. The water all along the Coventry arm is full of litter and abandoned furniture, wheelie bins and the like. Probably the worst bit of canal I have travelled. Other than that, it is fine. When we came to Sutton Stop and joined the Oxford canal we found traffic again. We had to wait for the only lock of the day. We started to look for moorings at the village of Ansty; the only useful spot was next to a rather smelly garden fire so we moved on. It was looking like we would not find another good spot. Where we are is very close to the railway. It does have good views and an open aspect. No pub though - It will do us for tonight at least. Let’s see how much noise BR can make in the night

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