Day : Wednesday
Date : 28 August 2019
Start : 1030
Finish : 1400 Top of Hatton
I have uploaded our proposed route to CanalPlanAC if anyone wants to see where we are likely to be. It gets updated with actual position each night.
Nice meal in The Boot Inn, not cheap but enjoyable, all the special board items were fish including Hake and Halibut, not what you normally find in a pub. My only warning is if you eat in the bar watch where you sit, the bench I was on had a moulding the whole length of the back, so you couldn't lean back.
This morning we were away at 1030, the first boat went by at 6 am so the locks were against us, but after turning the first 2 there were a stream of boats coming up so the other 4 were with us. We stopped for water after the fourth.
The old bridge crossing the tail of lock 19 has now been removed and they have put fencing round the bases of the temporary bridge up to the canal edge so its a balancing act to go from tail to head with an empty lock.
Coming along the Grand Union there has been bit of a landslide CRT have put A4 notices up about 50 feed before you get there warning you of it, your bows are level with the obstruction before you can read the sign, it might be OK if you are walking, but with a boat its not much help.
We only met one boat on the GU and that was half way through Shrewley Tunnel. That without doubt is the wettest tunnel we have been through this trip and the left hand side was even wetter than our side.
Last time we came this way these old boats were up for sale for I think it was £10k they are just deteriorating and deteriorating, I doubt you could give them away now.
It was only a short day today, mooring at the top of Hatton locks ready for the decent tomorrow, hopefully it wont be raining like it is at the moment.