|Approaching re-opened Bridge no 84 at Woolstone.|
|Still very much "work in progress"|
|Steerer well wrapped up against the cold.|
|Only a small part of the "train" mural. |
|Wolverton, incorporating parts of railway carriage works,|
At Stoke Bruerne locks a boat had clearly just gone up through the bottom lock before we arrived, but fortunately they were only at the next lock, so waited and allowed us to catch up and share the remainder. A nice easy passage followed, with ample crew available, such that locks were being set in advance.
|Could this really be the last lock we ever take Chalice through?|
Using the water point outside the Boat inn gave me access to the side of the boat where the paint still needs cleaning up, so I got on with that as the water tank filled. I couldn't quite believe how windy it was though!
We then moved on to the regular moorings, and whilst I took Odin for another walk, Cath added some further paint to doors and hatches.
Sadly we have not really been impressed by meals at the Boat for a while, so elected for the Navigation instead, and it was really rather good. A shame when a Marstons chain pub consistently does better than somewhere that has been run by the same family for generations, but to some extent the Boat really does seem happy to just rely on its history and prime location, but to not actually try that hard.
Fenny Stratford to Stoke Bruerne
Miles: 18.0, Locks: 8
Trip totals: Miles: 33.4, Locks: 23