Sunday, 2 August 2015

Charmed by the Arm

The secretive and rural Saltisford Arm
Rarely have we found ourselves on a mooring quite as charming as the one here at Saltisford. Sandwiched between a main road and a thankfully more distant railway line, here is a quiet backwater and beside it a beautiful country garden of a mooring.
Award winning Sensory Garden
More than that, it is also fully equipped with everything the visiting boater could wish for: launderette, electricity, wi-fi, shop and even, if you want one, a barbecue. And it's a walk from a supermarket and a bus ride from either Warwick or Leamington Spa. Little wonder, then, that our overnight stop became a weekend visit. More of that in the next blog. Meanwhile, these pictures of the delightful Saltisford Arm.

Living willow sculpture

Old lock gates shelter benches in the picnic area

We took the chance to have another look at Leamington. And a good decision that was. You've heard the expression 'don't judge a book by its cover', well I've come up with another 'don't judge a town by its canal'. Certainly not in Leamington Spa's case.
The Old Town, as it's called, centred around the canal may be somewhat shabby but the New Town, above the River Leam

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