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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Welford Junction to the Wharf.

Tuesday 17th February.

Welford Junction to Welford Wharf

Our destination today was the Welford Arm, so just a short hop, skip and a jump, but a scenic one never the less with only 1 lock.

We arrived at Welford Wharf just an hour after setting off, winded and then slotted ourselves into the wharf alongside NB May Bee. There is only enough room for two boats on the 48 hour mooring, but for longer stay moorings there are plenty of places further back down the arm. Having tied up, emptied the toilet cassette and made a coffee, Bob from NB Glenfield walked up to see us, so I made him a cup of tea and we got down to some chatting for a while, before he headed back to his boat to get her ready for the off. We were approached by the owner of The Wharf, Darren and asked if he could buy five bags of house coal from us. So having unloaded the coal and delivered it to a shed, we then went into the pub for a Ham, Egg and Chips lunch, which was really yummy, as good if not a little better than what we have eaten at The Old Plough in Braunston, so well worth visiting The Wharf Inn. Darren and Jenny behind the bar made us feel most welcome. We then took a walk into the village of Welford, which has a lot of history behind it. The church and its grave yard are very pretty. Some of the headstones are very ornate in their scroll work, most of them being made out of slate. There is a Post Office in the village which also has a small shop for essentials, but the shop does not take cards, so you must either take cash or a cheque. Tis whole area is steeped in history and well worth a visit. We have had a most enjoyable day.

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