The ‘Gongooselers’ all lined up to watch us cruise past today! Further on we passed Narrowcraft Boatyard and either the end building has fallen down, or some renovations are underway at last. There are usually some old boats to see here, this time Northolt and Saturn were among them.
New lock gates were awaiting delivery by boat to be fitted as we went into the bottom lock of the Atherstone flight. After ascending our sixth lock we moored up, so we were within easy walking distance of the town. There is a long main street with narrow cobbled lanes leading off from it. Some interesting old buildings line a square and the church with a pleasing octagonal tower overlooks it. An ancient milestone in the main street marks that it is 100 miles to London. I have seen a variety of different ladybirds lately and this one was hibernating in the lock paddle gearing.