We had arranged a very civilised 10.30 start with our locking partners for the day, so plenty of time for breakfast, and the administration of tablets and wound cleaning that the furry crew requires presently. Once underway, it was only a short hop to the first Lock.
The pub in the picture above is the Two Boats, and as previously stated, their steak and ale pie was very tasty. After completing the first two Locks, we met a few boats descending, which should have meant the Locks would be set in our favour, they were not. The mystery later presented itself in the form of a volunteer lockie, who was refilling the Locks. All the pounds were very low, so presumably an attempt to run some water down the flight. Once through Stockton Top Lock, our intended destination for the day, was only half a mile further on. We said our farewells to Full Circle, then slowly chugged along, passing the RYA training base at Nelson’s Wharf. When we came this way before, a pair of swans had made a nest in the reeds opposite. Today the nest contained two swans, and half a dozen cygnets. We found our spot between bridges 20 and 19 empty, and secured the boat. We are now only a mile from Ventnor Farm Marina, where we will visit tomorrow for services.
There are actually two Basins at Ventnor Farm, Sunrise and Sunset. We need to enter the first Basin travelling from Stockton, which is Sunset.
Totals 2 Miles 10 Locks
Running total 157 Miles 230 Locks 9 Tunnels