Wednesday 25th September, 2013 in Atherstone.
A cloudy morning gave way to a warm, rather humid afternoon. As we set off towards Atherstone, we caught a glimpse of the gold monolith on top of its green "pyramid". It certainly looks incongruous in the Warwickshire countyside. Its shape is supposed to be beech leaves stacked one on top of the other, but you could only see that if you were standing above it. Perhaps its Warwickshire's answer to the Nazca Lines - it can only be appreciated by the gods above?
Our late afternoon walk was a stroll around Atherstone. Again, how glad we were that we'd made the effort. What a gem of a small Georgian town with its wealth of charming old buildings and a delightful cobbled market square by the church with its unusual octagonal tower.
One lesson that we have learnt along our travels is that there is not only a wealth of discoveries to be made along the waterways, there is also so much of interest just a short walk away.
Today: 6 miles, 11 locks and 4.8 hours.
Trip: 427 miles, 327 locks and 363.1 hours.