Thursday, 5 February 2009

Branston to 'ol-ree-woss'

Yesterday we set off at 9am for the first leg of our journey to Barton Turn. The plan was to fill the water tank, dump rubbish and then head off into the village of Barton-under-Needwood for a look round what is a conservation village. Pic above is Caxton in Tatenhill Lock.
Here is a former working boat moored above Tatenhill lock. Below Bridge 39.

Moored up at Barton Turn and filling the water tank.

We walked from the lock at Barton Turn across a footpath that took us thru/past Barton Turns Marina, thru part of the New National Forest and up into the village of Barton-under-Needwood. This is a village that thrived by being located above the flood line of the River Trent allowing agriculture and the services that it needed to develop and grow in the village.
There are some very grand houses in this village, indicative that somewhere in its past someone was making money... Forestry played a part because the Royal forest of Needwood was close by.
I saw four Inn's here but there might well have been a fifth.

The Middle Bell, opposite the Post Office with the sign for the Inn below.
A book shop, the Post Office and Lloyds TSB all together here.

Above the entrance to Barton Turns Marina.

Bristish Waterways busy dredging a winding hole just below Wychnor.
The river section of the Trent and Mersey as we approach Alrewas. A super day, look at that sky!
Below the safety boom across the large weir below Alrewas. I do remember this from our very first narrow boat holiday in 1989 - I think we moored before this on our first day out of Burton.
Caxton moored in Alrewas last night. We intend to stay here today and visit Te George IV for a meal to celebrate the completion of Graham and Jill's first year aboard Nb Matilda Rose.
More on Alrewas later..

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