Yesterday was wet, and a little windy, it also felt rather cold for late spring, and certainly not a day for cruising, so we didn’t. It was however a rather busy day for boat traffic, mainly hire boats, but not all. We felt very snug, or was it smug inside our warm dry boat.
Today was warm and sunny, so after breakfast we set off and ascended the Lock ahead. The water point was a couple of hundred yards ahead. We needed a good half a tank, fortunately this water tap seemed to have good pressure. We were not there long. Just as we we about to get going, another boat approached. These would be our locking partners for the remaining seven Locks of the day. It was narrow boat Full Circle, and we had seen this boat several times over the past few weeks, whilst doing the Avon ring, but we never met the owners. It transpired that they had played leap frog with us, all the way to Tewkesbury, where they turned around, when we went up the river Severn. The last Locks of the day were the Bascote flight, including the short two Lock staircase. During our conversation with Full Circle, they indicated they were also stopping at Long Itchington, and ascending the Stockton flight tomorrow. So we made a loose arrangement to set off at the same time in the morning. After securing the boat to the mooring rings, we wandered off to the Two Boats Inn for lunch. When we passed this way before, I’d had the steak and ale pie which was delicious, so I had it again.
Totals 3 Miles 8 Locks
Running 155 Miles 220 Locks 9 Tunnels