Well it could be a technically accurate description if you consider the fact there was originally a stop lock separating the two canals. At the junction.
I assume but don't know for sure that the level on the Ashby canal would have originally been slightly lower than the Coventry. They would probably have had to buy water from the other company in the event of unusually low levels. However the use of the stop lock would have probably taken care of it. Presumably a toll was payable. How sensible.
This is all theoretical but I'm pretty certain there are remains of a stop lock there.
We returned to the Ashby yesterday. Seems somebody has let lots of the water out, it’s very low. Also the surrounding land is very dry, so different to when we left 5 weeks ago. Popping boat back into marina, just for a few days. Visit house to make sure all’s ok, check neighbours have been looking after garden etc. Also have a bike meet to attend, will be good to have a blast arriving for a couple of days. We are then off out again, may head up towards the Llangollen, or maybe down towards the Avon and maybe Tewkesbury.
I would keep a careful eye on the water level over the next few days if you're planning to go North in the near future. That's a very long pound - best part of 40 miles - and it has a number of good feeds into it and was always known for staying on weir even through long Summer dry spells.
There are also a large number of culverts, any one of which could have started to leak badly over the last few weeks. Did you happen to notice if there was more water movement than usual through the old stop-lock at the cut-end ? Every one of the original wooden (Elm) culvert failures that plagued the coal traffic off the Moira in the 1960's was preceded by an increasingly noticeable flow from out of the Coventry.
This post from 48 hours ago answers most of the questions being asked today about feeds and levels !
Nb. The reference to the ''Moira'' in the last para. above is in fact the name the canal everyone now calls the "Ashby" was always known by. It was built to service the collieries in the Moira area, . . . and it never went anywhere near Ashby (de la Zouch).
Bloody satellite dish just blew off the roof into the cut. Fortunately still attached to the boat via the cable, so recovered. But decided to stream Netflix instead (no data charge on Three) and watching ancient Jonathan Creek from 1997. It’s not even in wide screen!
Ali likes that programme. She always fancied living in a windmill. We did almost buy one once. Bats put paid to that.