Narrowboat Tacet

Silent Movement - Our gap year travelling the inland waterways

Monday, 17 December 2012

Locking Again!

We've had an absolutely brilliant day.  Brilliant sunshine, brilliant breakfast,  brilliant flight of locks, brilliant cruising day.

Jumble and I were out just as the sun was rising, sounds good doesn't it but that's not so early these days. 

Before we set off down the locks we enjoyed a full cooked breakfast at the Hatton Locks Cafe, to give us fuel for the work ahead you understand.

The views from the top of the locks were clear, with blue skies all around, looking down to Warwick.
 On the way down the glistening dragonfly sat watching our progress.
 We took turns with working the locks, it was warm enough for coats off whilst locking, all that winding on all those paddle gears.  But we like this flight, you only need to work the towpath side, one paddle empties the lock quickly, and even with locks against you and walking on to prepare the next, the timing is just right.  No other boats on the move, and no wind to blow us off course, perfect cruising. 

About half-way down and then the locks spread out a bit. By 2.30 we were into Warwick, passing nb Futurest, sadly Old Salt was not at home.  Sorry we missed you. 
We wanted to get to Leamington, where we had just a few bits of Christmas shopping to do. By now it was feeling chilly as the sun dipped low. Great to be on the move again.  A brilliant day, did I just say that?

6 miles, 23 locks

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