Tuesday 18 March

The South Stratford Canal is very pretty, peppered with barrel-roofed cottages.  These homes were built by the canal builders who were used to constructing canal bridges.  (see photo from yesterday)


The bridges on this canal are different too as they have a split down the middle – designed to take the towing rope through the split.

We’ve also crossed the first of three aqueducts today that carry both the canal and the towpath across a river, a road, and a shallow valley.   These comprise a cast iron trough and allow for the towing horses and pedestrians to get a duck’s eye view of passing boats.


We travelled for six miles and through sixteen locks today.  Max is getting the hang of helping to push the lock gates open.


We moored for the night at Wootton Wawen.   (This is difficult to pronounce and I feel as if I have a speech impediment!)

The village is split in two by the busy A34 to Stratford Upon Avon and we dodged the traffic to visit the Saxon church that is reputed to be the oldest in Warwickshire dating from 1035, and erected by Wagen the Thane, a local landowner.  Also in the village is a 17th century hall and it looked very grand across the parkland.