Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Welcome to Leicester…..

We had a very early start (for us!) this morning, about 7.15, and before setting off we serviced the boat at Kilby Bridge, and then girded our loins for the 17 (I miscounted yesterday!) wide locks through Leicester to todays destination, Watermead Country Park.  The first 7 or 8 were very pleasant in the morning sunshine, and although we were doing them alone, we got a good routine going.  As we neared the city itself, the sky clouded over and it became very humid.  The state of the locks and their surrounds got more and more shabby.


Welcome to Leicester!



The run along the mile long pound through the city centre is not too bad, but there is lots of rubbish floating around.  Some nice bridges though.


We were surprised to see the Visitor moorings on the floating pontoon at Castle Gardens we empty apart form a work boat – when we’ve been through before they have always been chock-a-block.


Castle Gardens Visitor moorings

As we left the city, the locks became more and more difficult to work.  It wasn’t until we had nearly reached our destination that they became decent again.  We are moored now at Watermead.  We will probably stay here tomorrow and have a rest day, as we are well ahead of time.  We only have about 3 1/2 hours cruising and 4 locks until we reach Barrow. 

And finally…..


Can anyone enlighten me as to the significance of this piece of ‘modern art’?  A brick wall with a hole in it!

13.5 miles and 17 locks


  1. Jill, Matilda Rose3 September 2013 at 19:42

    How is your wrist holding up Pip?

  2. It was a mistake, Pip. They were supposed to mount the circle they had cut out of it! :-)


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