We left The Cape of Good after 2 days. Brian played guitar on Saturday night using the Fender PA system which sounded great for such a small unit. It’s only the second time we have used it, the first being at a friend’s house.
Rufus did not want to leave as he had got used to playing with the other dogs there and bumming crisps of the customers and from the bar staff.
After a brief stop at Tesco’s we continued through Warwick/Leamington Spa.
The 2 towns are close to each to each other and do nothing to acknowledge the presence of the canal. Some new yuppie apartments are new to us and have removed the only good part for mooring in the place that we can remember.
The canal crosses the River Avon. It’s only a few miles by river to Stratford on Avon but 3 days by canal
We worked up the wide locks alone. You can see the swirling water at the side of the boat. By using the top paddle on the same side of the boat the water pins the boat t0o the lock and no ropes are needed. Easy when you know how!!!.
We met the steam power working boat President and it's butty Kildare at Welsh Road lock.
We met a freind Sue Day who was crewing and looking fine in her flat hat. (See blog post in June on Horse Boating on the Huddersfield Narrow)
Next up the hill is the Bascote flight where the top 2 locks are a staircase
Note that each bottom gate of a wide lock weighs 3330Kgs (that’s 3 and 1/3rds ton in proper measurement)
Good boater pub at Long Itchington. (Original type old pub)
Bad boater pub at Long Itchington. (New style yuppie pub)
Working boats at Warwickshire Fly Boat Co yard
Breasting up with Rosella up the 8 locks of the Stockton flight
Rescuing a hire boat from the mud bank, twice, once towing the back and he was still stuck, and once towing the bow and he was still stuck but we left him to it as he did not have a clue what the hell was going on. There’s only so much you can do for some people.
Moorings at Cacutt. Note the yellow lifting frame in the centre distance. Invicta was lifted into the canal after the extension to 60 ft on this frame on March 7th 2003
Approaching the junction with the South Oxford canal that goes to the right under the bridge
The Grand Union and Oxford canals share the same 5 miles of water as far as Braunston