Saturday, 28 May 2016

Leicester Arm - Foxton to Kilby Bridge

All is sunshine as we leave Foxton and head for Kilby Bridge.
This is delightful countryside, with boundless buttercup-laden fields, many with ridge and furrow, many with sheep and their well-fed lambs. Very relaxing.

But first there is 881 yards of Saddington Tunnel and its bat boxes, followed by Kibworth Top Lock, first of 12 locks in 10 miles to Kilby. Many of these locks are substantial, all widebeam, most with ground paddles as well as gate paddles and can be slow to fill and heavy to wind. Sharing with another boat is a very good idea ....
We break off for lunch and a stroll to The Church of St Luke, Newton Harcourt, unfortunately locked, but with a sturdy stone tower in an attractive setting.

A curious gravestone in the shape of the church commemorates a young boy
while another unusual modern shape reminds us of the estimable Lucy Charlton, who "made a difference to so many".
Shunning the village itself we continue towards Leicester with more energy sapping locks until we reached Kilby Bridge in good time. Picture below thanks to James Bell.
Here there is an unpretentious pub, The Navigation, offering mid week "Pauper's Supper" of three courses for £9.99. And very good it was, too, helped by an indefatigable waitress who deserved her tip.

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