Saturday, 17 October 2015

Continuing to get familiar with working two historic boats together - Downhill locks today.

(Boats  Sickle & Flamingo - posted by Alan)

Braunston top lock - we had spent last night just above it.
Mostly pictures today, as it was a fairly normal boating day, with nothing particularly to report.  That said, it is good to be able to say that, because it is the first time we have had both boats together in a downhill wide lock, so passing our first 6 in a relaxed manner with everything going well has to be a result.

Again Cath steered "Sickle" - I was ahead on "Flamingo" at this point.
We made a number of stops during the day, first to visit chandlers, and then for a big supermarket shop.  At Clifton we accepted an invite from a friend for coffee and cakes at the cafe at the local hire base, but somehow that got translated to beer and cider and cakes.  It was quite an odd experience as the place stayed oprn to service just ourselves and friend, plus one other customer.

Iconic location -the Admiral Nelson.

Braunston Bottom Lock - Our last broad one we are able to share.

Another iconic canal location - Braunston Turn.

Taking advantage of Hillmorton's paired double locks

I'm being followed!

Braunston Top Lock to Clifton Arm Junction
Miles: 20.3, Locks: 12
Total Miles
40,0, Locks:19

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