Friday, 22 May 2015

The Ashby Canal

We were unable to boat along the whole of the Ashby canal this time, but we did make a recce of the end even though it is a long way by road from Welford.
The end is at Snarestone, not easily visible from the road, so go to The Globe Inn and walk through their car park straight onto the canal bank. The road into Snarestone actually goes over the tunnel.
The far end of the tunnel is accessed by foot from opposite The Globe by walking across the road along a narrow path to the playground and out across the far side on a track that may have been the original horse drawn path used while the boat was "legged" through the tunnel.
The first photo is a view of the north end of the tunnel, and the canal bends through trees for less than a mile before arriving at the present terminus ...

where there is a gate preventing further access to the length that has been newly restored, and a  winding hole (at the far end in this picture). This spot is generally sunnier than the length nearest to the south end of the tunnel. We reckon it's a four day trip to Snarestone from Welford, and very pleasant and quiet.

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