Just a short cruise down the 5 Claydon locks and the next three to the marina. We had thought they they would be set for us, but not long after six o’clock a boat came past so we had to turn them all.
A fairly leisurely chug to Napton, up the locks then along the summit pound. The Napton flight was busy with boats coming down, which helped us as we were going up. At the top Marston Doles lock there was a CRT volunteer, but unlike others we have met, this one knew what he was doing.
It started off a bit cold, but now (16:15) it’s 26°C in the shade. Only three locks today. The flight at Hillmorton is paired and there were several boats coming down, but only us going up. So at each of the three locks we went straight in. We arrived at Braunston at about one thirty,
Another really warm day today. As usual we were on our way by 7:30, dropped through Haywood lock and Colwich lock then on to the long pound through Rugeley and Armitage. Quite a few boats about, but almost all private ones, very few hire boats. A trip to Morrisons in Rugeley then on to Fradley.
We have done the “Cheshire locks” or Heartbreak Hill today, 25 locks spread out over 8 miles. It’s been very busy with boats. A the Lawton locks quite a queue built up. There are four locks close together. Three of them are doubled, but one isn’t. (There were all doubled in the past). This leads
The day started really cold and windy, but finished really warm and sunny. A 7:30 start again. Quite a few boats about and by the time we reached Wardle lock we were in a queue of four. While Heddi looked after the boat I walked along to Middlewich Narrowboats to have a word with Sandra.