Narrowboat Tacet

Silent Movement - Our gap year travelling the inland waterways

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Down to Denham

We left Cassiobury Park at about 9 this morning as we were aiming to get to Rickmansworth to meet our nephew at 11.30.  It's still very cold though that sharp easterly wind has dropped which  is better.
At the first lock of the day, Cassio bridge we look down over boats and lots of bridges crossing the cut.
Then surprisingly an underground train goes over the top.
The new top lock gates have come a long way.  The Stanley Ferry workshop is on the Aire and Calder near Wakefield. Bet they didn't come by boat!
Just to show how cold it still is.

We met our nephew at Ricky this afternoon he has been out working locks and driving, and I think enjoying it too.  He has visited us on Tacet in the past but not actually been along with us, and in true family tradition is very happy to be boating.
Although I love working locks too, it was quite nice to be down inside the cabin, baking, and the cake tins are filled now with flapjack, Easter buns and we've had hot homemade sausage rolls for tea.
We stopped at Denham and enjoyed a walk into the village, a lovely traditional English village with some very old properties, a flint church, and 3 pubs!

Dutch gabled house, once home of the actor Sir John Mills

The Mill house, more Dutch gabling and the mill stream running through

Flint stone church
Any idea how to pronounce this?
Spring is trying to break through.

Cassiobury Park - Denham
8 miles, 9 locks


  1. Pyghtle or Pightle is pronounced PIE-tal (as in the thing you eat, with -tle as in the back end of "settle"). It's a Norfolk word for small field or enclosure, and there are quite a few of them in this part of the world! Don't know what it's doing in Herts, though.

  2. Thanks Halfie, I'll have to see if I can drop it in to conversations sometime and sound intelligent.
    We have been county hopping today, Herts, Middx and Bucks!

  3. You can hear it pronounced here