June 6th 2011 we join the academics

Shell Bell taking on water

locking up with NB Kathrick

A sunny start to the day, we set off from Kegworth to Loughborough.  Still on the Soar the countryside scenery was beautiful.  The first lock was another double, but there were two coming down (so the lock would be set for us) and another waiting to go up NB KATHRICK (so Sheila had help with the gates and paddles).  This made life easy and we were lucky enough to lock up the next two with them.   We stopped at Bishop Meadow lock to fill up with water and get rid of rubbish. 

On arriving in Loughborough we had lunch and walked into town to look round the shops.  What used to be big W is now Tesco and we bought some supplies. We passed Loughborough Wharf which was impressive as it is very near the centre of town.

We finally moored for the night just through chain bridge (so called because the original one had a chain to stop the bargers sneaking through after dark without paying their tolls. (Found this fact in the book Sheila bought me)   

A very active tow path with plenty of dog walkers, cyclists and runners.

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