Hinckley, Tamworth and Nuneaton
Turning south out of Hinckley, westwards looms the elemental silver cubic Triumph factory where Bonneville motor cycles are made. Test track to the left. The canal slithers past one or two slag heaps, seldom seen. The landscape quickly transforms in to rural Leicestershire along the Ashby Canal. The most idyllic and lonely spots are exactly between cities and towns. Progress is hindered by clay towpaths underfoot in these places. To Stoke Golding. Stoke is to do with charcoal burning. To Bosworth Field. The Ashby Canal head is Shakerstone. Make it to the next railhead cross-country via Ashby-de-la-zouch.
Near Tamworth at Hopwath the canal is cut out of a hillside, is wide above a wider river. The canals don’t flood and no rapids.
At Huddlesford Junction the Coventry Canal is met by a branch which is disused further up, then meanders to Fradley Junction to meet the Trent and Mersey. The Trent and Mersey carries on to Haywood Junction. Haywood Junction is possibly the most iconic bridge on the network. Here the Wolverhampton meets the most picturesque Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal. In fact, retire, buy a narrow boat try and navigate all of England’s waterway. Cycle to Tamworth, Stafford or Nuneaton. The Staffordshire and Worcestershire carries on to Cannock and Birmingham.