Thursday, 26 June 2014

Lover's Lane

Thursday 26th June 2014

An early start this morning, but a bit of a false start - we had barely travelled 1/2 a mile when we moored up - we had an empty shopping bag that needed filling.
A quick Sainsbury stop and we were back underway - fortunately we were at Compton lock with it empty, the crew from the boat approaching above had opened the gates and she was straight in - perfect locking.

The next mile was wonderful cruising - wide and with depth; brilliant foliage overhanging and with the morning sun it created a delightful picture into which all we had to do was move the boat.
Doesn't get much better than this.

It was only going to be a regular cruising day - time-wise, and whilst we pulled in for a couple of jerry cans to be filled with diesel and after Autherley Junction (and onto the Shroppie) we topped up with water - we were still just slowly cruising or so it seemed.

This section is so nice and wide - literally no problems

The engine was barely above tickover at best yet we drifted along with some speed.
Even at low speed we were gaining on this boat...

...they were slower than us and eventually waved us past

Absolutely brilliant.

Our target was to moor up between bridges 7 and 8, which we easily reached - and rings as well - nice and open; good signals; sun shining down.

ahhh - our target - not the two young lads - the moorings ahead

Seems that this particular stretch has the nickname of "Lover's Lane" - who knows what may happen!

With the weather reports we are seeing, I think that Friday will be another rest day and we will have to tough it out with Wimbledon and the World Cup and the locality name.

Brewood will have to wait for the weekend and beyond that - well that will be next week - too far away to have to be concerned about just yet!

7 Miles, 2 Locks

Totals: 2614 Miles, 2001 Locks, 90 Tunnels, 32 Lift Bridges, 151 Swing Bridges


  1. have they mowed the towpath yet? just where i left on tuesday! could easily get a complex you know!

  2. They haven't got this far yet, but there were half a dozen out yesterday and have worked their way from Bridge 3 up to Bridge 7, so only a few hundred metres away.
    Staying put today - to avoid the rain and change the engine oil