On the sunnier days I've still been canal walking, mainly to see how far I could get in a particular direction. On the first week I set out north, towards Normanton-on-Soar. It's a nice walk, you get out of town fast and the fields open up quickly. There's a great feeling of space. Even when you reach Normanton there's no way to cross the canal while you're in the village, so you walk past it on the other side. There's a church there, encased in scaffold and looking less like a Norman tower and more like some strange platformed treehouse. On the way home I stopped to talk to some fisherman and a couple of day-trippers working the lock below.
The next weekend I headed the other way, south to Barrow-upon-Soar. It takes you a little longer to get out of Loughborough and Barrow represents a very finite end to that section of the walk, but there were some very interesting things along the way and a lot of adjoining paths you could wander off on. I saw a line of narrow boats up against the side of a bridge, with the underside of the arches turned into their own back gardens, with hammocks, log piles, and even chicken enclosures. Also, I was accosted by a projectile-acorn-wielding squirrel.