Ufton Green

After a few days of respite whilst the crew abandoned ship, and I used the time to polish some brass, it was time to move again. We set off towards Burghfield Lock, and were soon passing beneath the M4 motorway. By the time we reached Garston Lock, the noise from the major road had all but disappeared. Garston Lock is interesting, in that it is one of only two surviving, Turf sided Locks on the Canal. It was built in 1718, and is now classified as a grade two listed building. The other similar Lock, is Monkey Marsh Lock, which we will pass through in a couple of days.

Garston Lock, turf sided circa 1718

We had a few swing bridges to navigate today, but mainly the electric type, where you push a button and hold up the traffic. Just below Tyle Mill Lock, we stopped to fill with water, and dump some rubbish in the bins provided. It was here we met the crew of Derwent 6, a narrowboat with extensive boating blog. http://derwent6.blogspot.com We have been following their travels ahead of us, to identify suitable mooring spots. Now they have turned around, we will have to find another source for our information. The water tap was extremely slow, but once through the Lock and adjacent swing bridge, we found a lovely mooring spot. No need for mooring spikes either, as two suitably placed trees provided anchor points. Four legs is happy, he has a large field to play in.

Mooring front view
Mooring side view

This has been entered into our little book of good moorings, and the only noise interrupting the silence is birdsong. We also have a clear view to the sky satellite, so back using normal TV rather than streaming on the 4G data.

Totals 4 Miles 4 Locks

Running total 297 Miles 312 Locks 9 Tunnels