On the way back we walked along part of the canal line that is being restored. Ian did get a couple of photos on his phone.........
Once back on board, we had another look at the weather forecast and it's not good. Even colder tomorrow and Sunday, so we decided that perhaps we should move this afternoon and get down to Berkhamsted. We wanted time to look around tomorrow and somewhere for church on Sunday. Wrapping up warm, we set off about 1 o'clock.
Back on the mainline we passed the Waterways yard at Bulbourne where for many years lock gates have been made. Some of the buildings are now used for other things but I think C&RT still have part of the site and we could see piles of new stop planks but no gates under construction.
There is a business making metal artwork for homes and gardens in this building. At Cowroast (always amuses me that) lock we leave the summit, it's downhill all the way to London now.
I love these cottages at Dudswell locks on the way down to Berko.
At Northchurch the pumphouse stands beside the lock housing the pump which draws water to feed the canal from a borehole deep down in the chalk beds below.
Just as we got to our last lock of the day the first of the cold icy rain started to fall. By the time we had tied up and made a cuppa, there was quite a burst of that icy cold white stuff. Good timing on our part today.
6 miles, 7 locks