Yesterday, a day more like the middle of August than early April, I joined Sue on Indigo Dream for a trip through west London. She'd posted on the blog that she was due to single hand from Paddington Basin to Uxbridge, but had been told there was a lot of rubbish in the canal and was worried about having to go down the week hatch. So I volunteered to go along and lend a hand.
I arrived at Paddington Basin and found Indigo Dream under the glass footbridge. After teas and coffees were made, we set off in fantastic sunshine, through Little Venice. There were a surprising number of boats on the move, including an enormous hopper barge, pushed by a tug, which pulled out behind us. The skipper asked us to warn any oncoming boats.
We made a couple of brief stops -- at a canalside Sainsbury's to buy lunch, and at Packet Boat Marina to drop off some rubbish. We moored at the end of a fantastic day's boating just below Cowley Lock on the GU main line. I'm sure Sue will do a much more detailed account, so I'll let the photos do the talking.
Aqueduct over the North Circular
Bulls Bridge Junction
GU Main Line
Mooring at Cowley Lock
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