Day : Monday
Date : 12 August 2019
Start : 1030
Finish : 1400 Tewkesbury
I have uploaded our proposed route to CanalPlanAC at https://canalplan.eu/journey/12117_OA8Kw159HU if anyone wants to see where we are likely to be. It gets updated with actual position each night.
Lovely quiet mooring last night, we didn't hear a sound. This morning was clear and bright but the river had come up overnight and was just in the orange. A hire boat came by at 1030 so we set off behind them with the plan of sharing locks. It wasn't long before we passed some posh moorings, maybe now he is saving up for a bigger boat?
As we arrived the hire boat was just on the lock landing and another boat was about to leave the lock coming up, so I reversed out of the way back upstream a bit. If you don't have a clear run coming out of the lock you can easily get trapped against the buoys across the weir. 2 boats have done it in the past 2 days. Once below the lock the water level was back in the green. This lock has a swing bridge across the chamber that you have to close when you leave, I can think of three like this.
I use a navigation program called Waterways Routes, its downloaded onto my Ipad so doesn't need a data connection and tracks exactly where I am by satnav. One of the many useful points is that I can see where the weirs and locks are in relation to me as I approach them.
Looking up on the hill side we spotted what looked like yellow flags all over the field, as we got a bit closer we could see it was actually farm workers and from the smell it was probably onions they were harvesting.
We were going to stop at Twinning for lunch but there were already 2 boats on the mooring so we continued the short distance down to Tewkesbury and moored between King John's Bridge and the lock, these moorings are run by the River Avon Trust and cost £3 per night, it was lucky we arrived when we did as they are now full.
10½ Miles 2 Locks in 3½ hours