|Picturesque, but shallow, stretch near Grove Church Lock.|
We had demolished quite a bit of the largely lock free stretch, before the locks start to kick in again for the climb up to Tring summit, but still had quite a few miles before reaching the shallow Fenny Stratford lock. Our friend Alan, the former mooring warden there, said "you should be back by tea time", and that felt about right to us - particularly if you were not too precise about what constitutes tea time!
We then encountered two different hire boats starting up ahead of us, and often taking a ponderous or slow course, (sometimes both!). We managed to get past these before Stoke hammond, laving them to share Southbound locks at a rather more sedate pace than we hoped to maintain.
|Cath steers between the final Seabrook locks.|
From Leighton Buzzard back to our home mooring isn't far, and only 9 locks, but it often seems to take a while, not helped by seveal badly leaking locks, and a significant number of slow fillers, that lack top gate paddles. You can obly make so much progress, and we were largely doing as well as this stretch allows.
|Swing bridge near journey's end.|
I have just realised we still need to get Sickle back now, though!
Linford Park to Home Mooring
Miles: 21.2, Locks: 15
Total Miles: 502.0, Locks: 300 (Worked)