After 2 days moored in Bancroft basin its time to make a move . We pulled pins at 06.55 with my plan being to turn left when we drop down onto the river Avon and head up to the water point and then continue as far up the river as we could.
On the way we passed this field of Giant Hogweed. At up to 18 feet tall its a nasty plant and you don't want to go anywhere near it as the sap can seriously damage your skin causing blisters and if it comes in to contact with your eyes it can cause blindness.
While the statutory head of navigation is at Alverston which is 3 miles up from Stratford it is apparently inadvisable for deep draughted boats to proceed past Cliffe cottage. Even the average narrowboat struggles past The old Bathing place as it gets very shallow. But I was determined to get as far as i could. We ended up winding (turning) with some difficulty a couple of hundred yards from Cliffe cottage as it was getting extremely shallow and I didn't fancy reversing a mile or so back down a flowing river or even worse getting stuck. Still I was well pleased we got that far as many boaters never attempt it and it was well worth the effort.
How about this for a mooring…We are opposite Holy Trinity Church which is the final resting place of the great man himself, William Shakespeare. We will have a day here before deciding what to do next. Decisions decisions decisions….