Our final week on board Hale and Hearty was an emotional time. We rounded off our visit to
with a trip up the Coventry Foleshill Road to buy good things and Sunday service at the cathedral. We left on Sunday and travelled out into the country. It was lovely to get away from the noise of traffic and the street lights. We had a few beautiful days cruising as the weather went into its brief Indian summer. We took the last few days easy and really enjoyed the sunshine, eating on deck and sitting in the sun. Our last night out we went to the pub and joined some fellow boaters for a scratch supper. When we awoke the boat was covered in leaves - autumn has certainly arrived.
Back at Whilton Marina, where we have ended up, we cleaned and sorted the boat, barely fitting all our belongings into the hire car. We sadly left the boat with a for sale sign and headed for home.
We have travelled 620 miles, through 473 locks and cruised for about 300 hours, visited 4 cities, travelled on the Grand Union, Stratford, Stourbridge, Staffordshire and Worcestershire, Shropshire Union, Llangollen, Trent and Mersey, Macclesfield, Upper Peak Forest, Caldon, Coventry, Ashby and Oxford canals. We have walked miles, met lots of lovely people and had a wonderful summer.
The End ?