So having secured a partner to ascend Hatton Locks, this morning we had a leisurely start. Following breakfast we dumped some rubbish, and settled our bill with the Saltisford Arm Trust. At 10.15 we departed the Arm, closely followed by nb. Joss from Braunston. We began the ascent at 10.30, and decided that one crew would operate the Lock the boats were in, and the other would walk ahead to set the next lock.
As expected on a warm and sunny bank holiday Monday, there were many Gongoozerlers out and about, watching the action. As we ascended the Top Lock we said goodbye to our Lock partners, we were stopping for refreshments, they were carrying on. It was now 14.00, the ascent had taken 3 and a half hours. We tied up on the rings, and had a late lunch at the cafe. The mooring at the top of the flight is heavily wooded, and having just washed a ton of tree sap off the boat, I did not want to remain under the trees for too long. Using a combination of the Nicholsons and Pearsons guide books, and Google Earth, we had identified a suitable spot, a couple of miles away. So once again we set off, soon passing through Shrewley Tunnel, with its unusual towpath Tunnel above.
Rounding a couple of more bends, we arrived at our intended spot. There were some boats moored, but also plenty of room left for us. We picked a spot on the open embankment, with good views across the countryside.
Not an official mooring spot, and with no piling to attach our mooring chains, out came the pins, for the first time this year.
We think we will probably move on tomorrow, but in the morning we may have seized up, so may be not. This is a nice quite spot, if we decide to stay put. We are now just over a mile away from the link between the Grand Union Canal, which continues north to Birmingham, and the Stratford on Avon Canal, which is the way we are planning to go.
Totals 5 Miles 21 Locks 1 Tunnel
Running total 34 Miles 59 Locks 3 Tunnels