Sunday, 25 July 2010

Retracing our steps....down we go

One of our early starts on Sunday 7 am!!!
We passed this soon after leaving the mooring, no idea what it might have been
The fishermen are well catered for with special places cut out of the dense vegetation.

The first 1 1/2 miles to reach the first lock is slow progress.  Its quite shallow and narrow.
Then we reach the top of the 23 locks and the pleasant trip begins.  It was just as enjoyable as the trip up but as it was Sunday there were more gongoozlers about!  It really concentrates the mind when entering the narrow locks as one does not wish to do it less than perfectly when there is an audience!!!

From top to bottom of the 23  Turnerwood and Thorpe locks took us about 3 1/2 hours which included a 1/2 stop for breakfast........7am is too early for breakfast!!!
We reached Shireoaks about 1145 having travelled under the rather low bridge there
We carried on for a further 6 locks as we planned to moor by the Lockkeeper pub on the visitor moorings just below Stret Lock.   Objective achieved and we had a reasonable carvery lunch....chain pub but OK
So 29 locks and a long day, consequently after our late lunch we both went out like lights for a siesta!!

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