Sunday, 21 September 2008

September Cruise - Day Ten

Sunday 21 September

It was a chilly, misty morning, but with the promise of a sunny day. Very soon, it was warm and sunny, and we were forced into our shorts again. First job of the day was the remaining three Preston Bagot Locks. Then it was over the aqueducts at Wootton Wawen and Edstone.

At the Wilmcote Top Lock, we were behind two day boats we'd also seen at Bearley Lock. They were planning to go down the top lock, wind, and come back up again. They had dozens of crew, none of whom seemed to know what they were doing. Fortunately, they let us go after the first one, so we weren't delayed too long. There were quite a few boats coming up the flight, but some of the pounds were very short of water.
We had lunch on the move, and arrived in Stratford at around 3.15. On entering the basin, we found lots of spaces on the pontoons, and I spun the boat and reversed into a mooring really quite impressively. There's some kind of fetival going on, so there are throngs of people about. We went for a walk across the bridge, along by the river, and back via the chain ferry. A few more boats have arrived, and it's a lovely evening. It's just a pity that Bancroft Basin is still surrounded by landscaping works and fences.

9 miles, 20 locks. (Totals: 102 miles, 145 locks)

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