Monday, 16 October 2017

Oct 9-11 up the Grand Union from Kings Langley to Leighton Buzzard

Wednesday 11 October Bulbourne Junction to Leighton Buzzard (18 locks, 9 miles)
Up early and at 'em, at the Marsworth top lock we found our CRT friend who filled the empty pound at Berkhamstead a while ago: Apparently several pounds were low, and he had been filling them somewhat.
Marsworth Top Lock, Bulbourne junction with the Wendover Arm

Marsworth locks

John on NB Cleveland, which crossed the Wash with us on June 13

good moorings by Marsworth reservoirs

Junction with Aylesbury Arm and services, Marsworth

Dunstable & District BC members were busy

They were still low, however, but we took our time in the pleasant morning sun, conserving our energy as we passed through eight locks in the next four miles, appreciating the gradually increasing distance between them as we approached Leighton Buzzard, a town we have enjoyed visiting.
swing bridge

spreading canal mud on the land

Land & River remoored this loose boat

Land & river dredging

Mooring by Tescos, we walked around the local shops. The Swan Wetherspoons meal was not to Liana's liking, sadly.
Tired by our long but enjoyable day, we slept soundly

Tuesday 10 October Boxmoor to Cowroast and Bulbourne Junction (18 locks, 11 miles)
We took our time over the ten locks to Berkhamstead, a town we quite like, where we lunched and shopped.
electric swing bridge

Annie moored by Rising Sun

read the small print!

Rising Sun Berkhamstead with sign

Liana by Rising Sun lock Berkhamstead with pound full of water this time

The Boat Berkhamstead was very floral

Berkhamstead badge

Canadian Totem Pole Berkhamstead

Feeling refreshed, we carried on through suburbs and countryside as the locks became more spaced out towards the summit pound at Cowroast. Liana prepared a fishcake supper while John took Annie to the moorings at Bulbourne junction, by the Wendover Arm. We moved a boat a few yards so we could fit in the only gap. Quite often boats leave twenty feet gaps when mooring, or maybe small boats leave? We watched tv and later slept the sleep of the just!

Monday 9 October Kings Langley to Boxmoor (8 locks, 3.5 miles)
Leaving the car with family in Leicester, we took only just over two hours to reach Kings Langley via Nuneaton, Coventry and Watford Junction – pretty good! Annie was covered in sawdust and small twigs from adjacent hedge cutting, so we tidied before working up the locks, enjoying a quiet afternoon together on Annie after our busy time at home and with the family.
Kings Langley gardens were well looked after

Liana shopped at Sainsbury's while Annie waited on the mooring behind Curry's which john had pruned  back hard a month or so ago on the way down

Kings Langley Lock

moored below Fisheries lock at Boxmoor

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