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unassuming and tatty narrowboat cruises the "Longest Friendliest Village in England"

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Atherstone lie-over

Posted by PentargonSpringer on April 19, 2017 at 5:05 AM

Atherstone has to be my favourite village so far in as much of middle England as I have covered. 

Tell me about it.

Real ale at The Angel,

real motor factors at Autoquip,

real breakfast at Café Resta,

real hardware store in Long Street, 

real trains and buses by the mooring

I haven't even STARTED

and I'm certainly not finished

...... to be continued ......

I had limped into Atherstone a week ago with a broken throttle cable. It had never been right! Not from the first day I got the boat, but in true mechanic's style had never been attended to. Even when it gave trouble a couple of years ago (trying to tell me to fix it, I did a gunter-job and sailed on. While in Atherstone, I met Mark Jordon who runs a sheet metel fabrication business from behind TNT. Mark made me steel sheets to my pattern and measurements to be welded to the cruiser deck later, to increase the freeboard and allow the boat to comply with class D estuary waters.  Seeing as how I'm planning to go down the Bristol Channel to Portishead mid summer and seeing as the boat is a registered Small Ship (SSR 161019) I may as well make it a proper sea-going boat. You will hear more about this later. At Gailey. Alongside Watling Street.

Polesworth Library Sat 27 2017

to be continued 

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