We had some rain during Thursday night but nothing like forecast. Friday dawned grey but dry so we walked through Warwick and turned round when we reached Leamington Spa.
We are currently moored on the Grand Union in Warwick near the entrance to the Saltisford Arm that used to run into wharves in the centre of Warwick. About half of it has been restored so we went for a wander down it in the afternoon. It is used for permanent and visitor moorings and there is an education centre and contemplative gardens – the restoration group have done a tremendous job.
This is half way down the restored section.
And this is the current end of the arm. The last 400 yards was filled in in the 1970s and factory units built. These have since been demolished and apartments put up in their place.
We carried on trying to work out the original route; at one point the remains of a canal bridge can still be seen.
The basins at the end were right next to this pub which reputedly dates back to the 1600s.
On the way back to the boat we walked round Warwick racecourse.
Whilst outside the boat on Thursday evening a guy who lives on a boat moored a couple of boats down from us came up with an expression that keeps making me chuckle. Roof ventilation on narrowboats is generally achieved through mushroom shaped cowls. These are usually brass and shiny boat people spend ages polishing them. As this seems a waste of time we painted ours like toadstools. Anyway this guy (who was obviously very relaxed) stopped to chat and then noticed our mushrooms and said, “Ah, a trip hazard”.