Friday 5th June
We arrived at Jannock after a very slow journey from home. A motorway closure, Friday evening rush hour, diverted traffic on the A43 and agricultural vehicles on the A5 made for lots of queues and delays. Triffic!
We had just enough time to dump our chattels aboard before walking up the Hinkley Simla restaurant in the ‘Old Port House’ at Hinkley wharf.
A pleasant meal in the company of the crew from nb Grace. They did a good takeaway business while we were there, good for boaters as it’s only 5 mins away from Bridge 16 on the Ashby.
Saturday 6th June
We awoke to a sunny morning but there was a chill breeze which turned into a freezing gale. We travelled up Stoke Golding and Market Bosworth (who built that marina there? It wasn’t there last time we came up here), through Shackerstone to the end of the canal at Snarestone. We were accompanied for some of the journey by the very agricultural smell of muck spreading. When we got to the canal terminus basin we were not able to try out the newly opened section as it does not have a winding point at the end and it was far too windy to try and reverse the length of it. I turned Jannock, with the wind hindering rather than helping, before we moored up just south of the windy hole. During the turn I discovered that having a lift up ‘Black Prince’ rear fender allows you to reduce the length of the boat by almost two feet just by lifting it up with the boathook. Having visited the Ashby Canal Society buildings and then walked up to the very end for a look-see we then made our way back to Shackerstone where we moored for the night.
After dinner we enjoyed a walk around this charming village that has the following facilities. One church, one pub, one children’s play park and a preserved railway station. It also boasts the remains of a motte and bailey fortified establishment. We were amused to note the name of the village where the nearest shop is – Newton Burgoland. Never seen that name anywhere before.