Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Aqueducts And Lots Of Locks To Stratford

Wootton Wawen Aqueduct
Edstone Aqueduct

Leaving Wooton Wawen we crossed the aqueduct which is a cast iron trough, unusual because of the towpath is at a lower level. It's dwarfed by Edstone Aqueduct which we crossed a mile or so further on. Edstone Aqueduct consists of a cast iron trough on tapering brick piers and it made us think of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct on the Llangollen Canal as the wind pushed the boat against the metal edge of the trough. The boat looked strange from the sunken towpath. Ben and I had a good walk today although he didn't like the factory noises on the outskirts of Stratford. Eric and I worked through seventeen locks sharing the driving and the hard work. I say hard work because some of the locks were a nightmare as the gates were difficult to open and close in fact I can honestly say the big double gates at Hatton on the Grand Union are a lot easier. At Lock 44 we came across a narrowboat stuck partly in the lock revving his engine trying to move. We flushed through some water thinking he was caught on the bottom with no luck and then I noticed his fenders were causing the problem squashed against the lock sides. Anyway fenders lifted with a bit of a struggle and he finally got into the lock, came up meaning we could carry on with our journey. Finally mooring up in Bancroft Basin in one of the two available spaces, we could relax for a few days before retracing our steps as we're not going on the River Avon this time.

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