A two week cruise to the Ashby canal – Day Six: A Lazy Day At Sutton Cheyney Wharf

We’re not playing this cruising game very well at all. We didn’t move at all yesterday.

I felt a little guilty for a while. How could we achieve the goals we had set for ourselves by moving just a couple of miles a day or, like yesterday, not moving at all? We want to tick the Ashby canal off our list and this involves exploring every inch of it, reaching the northern terminus and pushing the bow into the furthest point. Or do we?

I need to keep reminding myself that living on a narrowboat and cruising the network is all about enjoying the journey, not the destination. Yesterday we were still on the 48 hour visitor moorings at Sutton Cheyney Wharf. We loved the mooring, the location, the nearby facilities and the walk through Bosworth Battlefield Country Park so we decided to stay another day.

We had just about run out of food. We didn’t have anything to eat on board apart from our emergency tinned and packet foods but that problem was easy enough to deal with. We had lunch at Sutton Wharf cafe again.

The cafe doesn’t offer fancy home cooked food but on a beautiful, warm and sunny day like yesterday, scampi, chips and peas and a delicious cappuccino was more than acceptable. We sat at a table next to the water for nearly two hours eating, drinking and feeding the ducks (They quite like scampi batter, aren’t keen on peas, and positively dislike lemon).

We spent the afternoon and early evening walking the dogs around the park and sitting by the side of the boat in the sun reading. Sorry, I sat by the side of the boat reading. Sally decided that Daisy needed her coat cutting. It’s a big job for a hot summer’s day with a hyper active spaniel so Sally set up a tent between the boat and the pontoon hand rail to keep the sun off both her and Daisy for the two hours it took to cut her coat. I joined in for the last half hour to keep a rather fed up little dog still enough to work on.

Sally and Daisy in the new mobile dog grooming parlour

We’re going to move on today. The plan is to get somewhere near to Market Bosworth so we can walk to the shops and stock up on food and drink. Whatever we end up doing, we’ll do it slowly and in a very relaxed fashion.

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After six and a half years living on a narrowboat on England's inland waterways, Paul and his wife Cynthia wandered Europe by motorhome during the winter, and on the Dutch and French waterways in the warmer months on their 35' Dutch motor cruiser. However, the pull of England's muddy ditches proved too much for them. Now they're back where they belong, constantly stuck in mud in a beautiful traditional narrowboat.

Alan - Saturday,8 June, 2013

As I am retired I am able to move or not – as the notion takes me and that, for me, is the lovely aspect of cruising.  So enjoy, Paul.


SteveM - Saturday,8 June, 2013

I agree with Alan

Goals are nice  but it is your holiday and you spend all year working hard to earn the freedom to do what you want.

Remember the best thing about our canals is they have been around for 100’s of years they are not going anywhere :)

What you do not see today is always there for tomorrow, As I said in my little bit about the Llangollen trip  the only part I felt rushed was having to reach Llangollen itself to meet up with my cousin on a specific day and time, the rest of the journey was mine to do with what I wanted ( well Michele’s as well :)

Steve (the envious)  Wink


Paul Smith - Saturday,8 June, 2013

Ah, there’s a flaw in your argument. I agree that the canals will be here tomorrow, but will I? All too often at the marina I see couples who have worked towards the dream of owning and using a narrowboat all of their lives to find that when the time comes one of them isn’t physically capable of enjoying it.

As with all things, there’s a balance. We had a lovely couple of days doing nothing at all. Now we’re on the move again. We’ve visited the ever so refined Market Bosworth today but the brush with traffic and people was a little too much for us. We’re back out in the middle of nowhere again with just sheep for company.


SteveM - Saturday,8 June, 2013

I know Paul what you mean, live each day to its fullest, if I remember the oft quoted quote michele always says to me

“Yesterday is History,  Tomorrow is a Mystery, Today is a Gift that’s why its called the Present”

Have fun Laugh



Alan - Sunday,9 June, 2013

Nice one Steve. Your post prompted me to add a bit to my signature


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