I had visions of a sausage and bacon bap from the cafe at the top lock so was happy to wait until they opened at 9. However I checked with the lady who was opening up at about 8.30 and was told they had no baps today...only thick bread....which did not appeal.
So with no sign of any boats we decided to go it alone. It was a beautiful crisp morning, only slightly chilly. After about 4/5 locks we had the good fortune to meet a lockie volunteer. He helped us down for the next dozen or so which certainly speeded things up.
After he bade us farewell we decided it was coffee break time (we had offered him but he declined) so we sat in one lock for a slight pause.
|Most of the locks are like this going down......no lack of water around here.|
Average speed:1.19 mph (5.07 lock/mph)