We thought we would get ahead of all the boats so together with Epiphany we set of at 0730. We paused in Willington to use the sani station and set off again with Epiphany ahead. The run through Burton-on-Trent was not what I had expected. I had imagined it would be very industrialised but it fact it was a pleasant stretch and there would have been several good places to moor. A clear run through the first two locks on a bright lovely morning, just the time to be up early on the canals. The first lock was Dallow Lane lock and it is the first of the single locks. It seemed so small after some of the locks we have been in recently and it was only 3`6" deep.
5 more locks pretty evenly spaced followed but before the 3rd lock another boat snuck in which slowed things down a bit. There were two on board but the gentleman on board had fallen down the steps in the morning and landed on his wife and he came off best........she was hobbling around with a stick and I think a badly sprained ankle...so no good as crew....this left him single handing.
At several of the locks we saw the famous new bollards which BW had put in, no doubt at great expense.