11 miles and 18 locks.
The weather didn’t look too promising, so we thought that we would get going before it got worse. It wasn’t too bad, mostly just drizzle, until about 1 o’clock then it gradually detiorated.
As yesterday, the first part of the journey was dominated by lack of water. Some of the pounds on the Marsworth flight were very low indeed. We were lucky as we were going down, so took a lockful of water with us each time.
The character of the canal changes completely as you cross the summit. Coming up the other side it’s basically urban sprawl. But on the northern side it’s very rural with most of the locks in secluded isolation.
As we came through Grove lock the rain started to get heavier so we decided to moor up. Our first choice of site was too noisy with both a road and railway competing to assault our ears. A few hundred yards round the corner we found a nice peaceful spot between the River Ouzel and Tiddenfoot Water Park. After supper we took a stroll around the lake in the park.
The delights of Milton Keynes await us tomorrow!