Tuesday 17 June

We passed through a leafy cutting where Kingfishers taunted us. They would take flight alerting us to their existence and then play tag with us as they’d land again some way ahead of us, and just as we were about to draw level with them they’d take off again just as we were about to photograph them leaving us with lots of snaps of empty branches!

We reached the current cruising limit of the Ashby Canal just north of Snarestone tunnel.

The Ashby Canal Association has been working hard to extend the canal a further 8 miles to its original terminus at Moira and we’d been hoping to explore the line this will take.   Contractors are currently working in the area however, and the area was fenced off meaning that we had to be satisfied with the information available at the Snarestone visitors’ centre.

We winded the boat and passed back through the tunnel before mooring up for the night so we could explore the village of Snarestone and treat ourselves to a meal out at The Globe.

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