Today’s photograph is looking along the River Avon towards Warwick Castle. There happened to be “dragon boat” racing on, and two boats feature in the shot, having just completed their contest.
The Avon is perhaps more famous at Stratford, forming part of a cruising ring known as the “Avon Ring”. There are plans to extend navigation to Warwick (or maybe Leamington Spa) to connect with the Grand Union Canal. Whilst there is much support for this scheme, which would bring financial benefits to the area, there is also opposition – mainly from land-owners along the river! In fact, as far back as 1641, the river was navigable to within 4 miles of Warwick, although it was effectively abandoned by 1857.
A shot of Warwick Castle like this is so much better with boats on the river. It adds colour and interest. We can dream of one day perhaps being able to cruise along here in our narrowboat.
In the meantime, we can enjoy this historic vista from the road bridge. We can, at least, get to Warwick by boat (we came by car today) along the Grand Union Canal. To be able to join the Avon here and cruise to Stratford (and beyond), would be fantastic. It would also open up another cruising ring, which would no doubt prove extremely popular.
- Taken: 17 September 2017
- Camera: Canon 5D MkIII
- Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm 1:2.8 L II USM
- Focal Length 28mm
- 1/160 Sec
- ISO 100