An earlier start today, slipping away from our moorings at 8.15, before the sun was fully up even. It was a beautiful clear morning, which turned into a lovely sunny day.
Once we got to the top of the locks at Marston Doles, we started meeting boats coming up. First was Crofton, currently an OwnerShips boat although it's being sold out of the scheme (cruiser stern, reverse layout, built 2002, £55,000 if you're interested). Then came Ten Bob Note, with just time for a quick chat with Rhonda on the tow path, and a yelled hello to Ernie, who was steering.
We stopped for water at the bottom of the flight. The first tap was incredibly slow, so we swapped to the other one which had much better pressure. Then we moved on a bit before stopping for a lunch of leftovers, before heading back to Napton Junction, Calcutt Locks, and Stockton Top Marina. We'd have loved to have stayed on board longer, but work was calling the next day.
11 miles, 12 locks. (40,42)