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1995 Bath to York - April

Cruising Log Index

River Nene

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Saturday 1th April 1995

From to Orton Lock No 37 arriving at 11:45 am. The time taken was 1 hour 45 minutes. 2.5 miles and 0 locks, averaging 1.43 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 1 hour 45 minutes. total cruising time, 2.5 miles and 0 locks, averaging 1.43 lock/miles per hour.

Left home in cloudy but warm weather. Waved goodbye to Peter and Janet, Trevor and the gardener. Stopped for water and to dump some rubbish at the Peterborough Park water point, this took about 15 minutes as we had only used the washing machine a couple of times since we last filled up (due to the catch breaking on the bungalow washing machine door). Stopped for lunch, and to sort things out, at the moorings in Ferry Meadows. Two other nnarrow boats were there, both doing some painting.

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From Orton Lock No 37 to Wansford Lock No 34 arriving at 3:50 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 5 minutes. 9.5 miles and 3 locks, averaging 3.06 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 5 hours 50 minutes. total cruising time, 12 miles and 3 locks, averaging 2.57 lock/miles per hour.

Shared Alwalton lock with a boat about our size, which we moored beside at Ferry Meadows, we think it is called "Onwards and Upwards". They were going to Gent in Belgium. We met some walkers at Water Newto Lock, a boy with them wound up the gate most of the way and two of the men helped me with the rope. A warm cloudy day with sunny intervals.

Sunday 2th April 1995

From Wansford Lock No 34 to Warmington Lock No 31 arriving at 1:00 pm. The time taken was 3 hours 0 minutes. 5.75 miles and 3 locks, averaging 2.92 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 8 hours 50 minutes. total cruising time, 17.75 miles and 6 locks, averaging 2.69 lock/miles per hour.

Had a look round Yarwell Village,a neat and prosperous place with two churches ( one methodist) but no shop. Water runniing fast on the river and a cross wind at many times made navigation tricky. At Elton lock we met John Gagg who spoke to us and took some pictures of the boat. A warm sunny day we stopped at lunchtime, Beryl did not want to go any further as we had good moorings at Fotheringhay.

Monday 3th April 1995

From Warmington Lock No 31 to Oundle Bridge arriving at 10:30 am. The time taken was 2 hours 0 minutes. 5.37 miles and 3 locks, averaging 4.19 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 10 hours 50 minutes. total cruising time, 23.12 miles and 9 locks, averaging 2.96 lock/miles per hour.

Moored between the old and new road bridges and went to the Lo-cost supermarket just up the road. Fixed the pump on the bath waste and had lunch.

From Oundle Bridge to Lilford Lock No 25 arriving at 6:10 pm. The time taken was 3 hours 50 minutes. 5.62 miles and 3 locks, averaging 2.25 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 14 hours 40 minutes. total cruising time, 28.75 miles and 12 locks, averaging 2.78 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped at Oundle Marina for water, gas and loo blue. Two men video'ed us going through Upper Barnwell Lock and one of them helped Beryl wind up the gate. Moored fro the night between Lilford and Wadenhoe locks. Cloudy in the morning but more sunshine after lunch.

Tuesday 4th April 1995

From Lilford Lock No 25 to Woodford Lock No 20 arriving at 12:00 am. The time taken was 3 hours 0 minutes. 8.37 miles and 5 locks, averaging 4.46 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 17 hours 40 minutes. total cruising time, 37.12 miles and 17 locks, averaging 3.06 lock/miles per hour.

Times approx as I lost recording. Met some NRA people who were working on something at Denford lock and who helped us through. Stopped just above Woodford lock for lunch.

From Woodford Lock No 20 to Upper Ringstead Lock No 18 arriving at 4:30 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 0 minutes. 2.87 miles and 2 locks, averaging 2.44 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 19 hours 40 minutes. total cruising time, 40 miles and 19 locks, averaging 3 lock/miles per hour.

Times approx again. Encounterred a lot of sheep waiting to be fed at Upper Ringstead lock, the shepherd came to feed them while we were still in the lock. Moored by the footbridge nearly 2 miles past the lock and walked into Little Addington, a pretty and prosperous looking village but with a lot of houses up for sale. The Bell Inn there is a large modern building with a large car park. A cloudy bright day fairly mild for the time of year.

Wednesday 5th April 1995

From Upper Ringstead Lock No 18 to Wellingborough Bridge arriving at 1:10 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 0 minutes. 8.25 miles and 5 locks, averaging 3.31 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 23 hours 40 minutes. total cruising time, 48.25 miles and 24 locks, averaging 3.05 lock/miles per hour.

At Ditchford Lock we saw 3 NRA people in suits, two men and a woman, one of the men helped Beryl with the radial gate. The lock handles on all these locks have just been greased and in covers our hands.Moored and had a good cheap lunch in the "Cottage" near the bridge. Posted 2 films.A cloudy and windy day but mild with sunny periods.

Thursday 6th April 1995

From Wellingborough Bridge to Doddington Lock No 11 arriving at 12:20 am. The time taken was 1 hour 50 minutes. 3.75 miles and 2 locks, averaging 3.14 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 25 hours 30 minutes. total cruising time, 52 miles and 26 locks, averaging 3.06 lock/miles per hour.

Did our shopping at Tesco's and set off up river. Moored just above the lock for lunch etc. The cows came and looed in the windows.

From Doddington Lock No 11 to Billing Lock No 6 arriving at 5:30 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 40 minutes. 4.25 miles and 5 locks, averaging 3.47 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 28 hours 10 minutes. total cruising time, 56.25 miles and 31 locks, averaging 3.1 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped in the marina at Billing Aquadrome. The two visitor's moorings were occupied by boats that seemed to have noone aboard so we boored the stern on the end of the jetty then dropped the anchor at the front. The day started with some cloud but was sunny from lunch time.

Friday 7th April 1995

From Billing Lock No 6 to Northampton Lock No 1 arriving at 12:05 am. The time taken was 3 hours 5 minutes. 4.5 miles and 5 locks, averaging 3.08 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 31 hours 15 minutes. total cruising time, 60.75 miles and 36 locks, averaging 3.1 lock/miles per hour.

We filled up with water at Billing Aquadrome set off. At Abington Lock we were just locking the lower gates when the narrowboat Nidd arrived, so we opened the paddle agan and opened the gates. We shared this lock and the next, they had come from Cambridge (in a week) and were going to Hammersmith where they had a mooring. We stopped just below Northampton Lock and went into town. A mostly sunny day with some cloud.

River Nene to Grand Union Northampton Branch

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Saturday 8th April 1995

From Northampton Lock No 1 to Milton Road Bridge No 2, Gayton arriving at 12:50 am. The time taken was 3 hours 50 minutes. 5 miles and 18 locks, averaging 6 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 35 hours 5 minutes. total cruising time, 65.75 miles and 54 locks, averaging 3.41 lock/miles per hour.

Left the Nene and joined the Northampton Branch of the GU. At Hardingstone Lock No 15 there was still a makeshift tent the we had seen a man and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier dog in when we passed last September. We did not see them this time but there was smoke coming from a chimney built of bricks at the end of the tent. had a good run up the Rotherthorpe flight and stopped at Gayton Marina at lunchtime and I bought an extra BW key. After lunch we crossed over to the towpath side to moor, then went for a walk to the junction. A lot f boating activity there. Patched up a bad scrape that I got on the side of the boat going under the M1 bridge. A sunny day with occaisional cloud, fairly mild.Rothersthorpe Bottom Lock No 13: Lift Bidge - 8th April 1995.
Rothersthorpe Bottom Lock No 13: Lift Bidge - 8th April 1995.

Grand Union Northampton Branch to Grand Union Main Line

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Monday 10th April 1995

From Rothersthorpe Bottom Lock No 13 to Blisworth Tunnel South End arriving at 11:20 am. The time taken was 1 hour 15 minutes. 3.5 miles and 0 locks, averaging 2.8 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 36 hours 20 minutes. total cruising time, 69.25 miles and 54 locks, averaging 3.39 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped for water at Gayton Junction then went through Blisworth Tunnel, it was very wet, veritable waterfalls coming from some of the vents. Moored and walked down to Stoke Bruerne where I took some pictures and we had drinks in the "Boat". After lunch on the Lorna-Ann we visited the museum.

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From Blisworth Tunnel South End to Solomon's (or Cosgrove Ornamental) Bridge No 65 arriving at 12:50 am. The time taken was 3 hours 35 minutes. 6.75 miles and 7 locks, averaging 3.84 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 39 hours 55 minutes. total cruising time, 76 miles and 61 locks, averaging 3.43 lock/miles per hour.

Went down through the locks by ourselves but met some boats coming the opposite way. Moored for water at the bottom of the flight. Shortly afterwards went through a lot of oil then at bridge 63 found 2 large circular bales of straw in the cut. Moored here for lunch, etc. After we went for a look round the village and walked down to the lock where we met a nice couple with two teenage sons on a narrowboat coming up through the lock. They moored next to us. A cloudy day with some sunny periods.Solomon's (or Cosgrove Ornamental) Bridge No 65:  - 11th April 1995.
Solomon's (or Cosgrove Ornamental) Bridge No 65: - 11th April 1995.

Tuesday 11th April 1995

From Solomon's (or Cosgrove Ornamental) Bridge No 65 to Wolverton Bridge No 71 arriving at 10:55 am. The time taken was 1 hour 50 minutes. 2.12 miles and 1 locks, averaging 1.7 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 41 hours 45 minutes. total cruising time, 78.12 miles and 62 locks, averaging 3.36 lock/miles per hour.

Had another chat with the people we met yesterday and who moored beside us (David and Janet Attwood, their younger son and his friend). Took some pictures of their boat (or their vicar's boat really) going through the bridge. Moored at the place they told us about to go to Tesco's and have lunch.

From Wolverton Bridge No 71 to Water Eaton Bridge No 98 arriving at 4:45 pm. The time taken was 3 hours 30 minutes. 10.62 miles and 1 locks, averaging 3.32 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 45 hours 15 minutes. total cruising time, 88.75 miles and 63 locks, averaging 3.35 lock/miles per hour.

Quite a few boats on the move as we went through Milton Keynes. Saw Gossander 3 and 4 moored at Fenny Stratford. A fine day, sunny and warm. Moored a little way past the bridge away from the houses.

Wednesday 12th April 1995

From Water Eaton Bridge No 98 to Leighton Buzzard Bridge No 114 arriving at 12:25 am. The time taken was 3 hours 15 minutes. 6.75 miles and 5 locks, averaging 3.62 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 48 hours 30 minutes. total cruising time, 95.5 miles and 68 locks, averaging 3.37 lock/miles per hour.

A woman and her two young children helped us through the Three Soldbury Locks. Stopped at th Wyvern Shipping Company for a pump out (8.50) then moored for lunch and went to Tesco's. After lunch I rang South Shore about the central heating, it is now arranged that someone from Auto Electrical Services in Leighton Buzzard will come at 8.00am tomorrow to look at the problem. Saw a swallow just before we got to Leighton Lock. Another sunny warm day.

Thursday 13th April 1995

From Leighton Buzzard Bridge No 114 to Slapton Lock No 30 arriving at 11:45 am. The time taken was 1 hour 45 minutes. 3.75 miles and 3 locks, averaging 3.86 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 50 hours 15 minutes. total cruising time, 99.25 miles and 71 locks, averaging 3.39 lock/miles per hour.

Had a new contol box fitted for the central heating. The man who fitted it also found that the fuse on the battery charger had blown. Filled up with water. Grove Lock (28) still has a derelict cottage with a "This house is not for sale" notice. At Slapton Lock two maintenance boats were in the lock and men were paiting the lock gates, we moored and had an early lunch.

From Slapton Lock No 30 to Marsworth Junction arriving at 5:15 pm. The time taken was 3 hours 35 minutes. 4.37 miles and 8 locks, averaging 3.45 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 53 hours 50 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 79 locks, averaging 3.33 lock/miles per hour.

We set off after lunch at 12.40 but just before Seabrook Bottom Lock we met Fred and Joyce on Misty Lady who have a mooring there. We stopped by them and were invited aboard for tea and to see their boat. Spent about an hour with them. The day started with sunshine and cloud and a cool breeze but got progressively more sunny, ending with a clear sky.

Friday 14th April 1995

From Marsworth Junction to Cowroast Lock No 46 (Summit Lock) arriving at 11:50 am. The time taken was 2 hours 35 minutes. 3.87 miles and 8 locks, averaging 4.59 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 56 hours 25 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 87 locks, averaging 3.31 lock/miles per hour.

A boat called "Calm" was ahead of us going into the first Marsworth Lock past the junction (39) so we shared locks with them. The owners of the boat were a retired husband and wife who had been joined that day by another couple who were their relatives. They moored for water on the summit level and we passed by them. ust before Cowroast Lock we moored for water and I went to Midland Chandlers to see if I could get a grub screw and Allen key for the tiller fitting but I couldn't.

From Cowroast Lock No 46 (Summit Lock) to Dudswell Bottom Lock No 48 arriving at 1:05 pm. The time taken was 50 minutes. 0.62 miles and 2 locks, averaging 3.14 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 57 hours 15 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 89 locks, averaging 3.3 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped for lunch. I discovered that the fuse on the battery charger had blown again.

From Dudswell Bottom Lock No 48 to Northchurch Bottom Lock No 52 arriving at 4:30 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 35 minutes. 1.62 miles and 4 locks, averaging 3.55 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 58 hours 50 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 93 locks, averaging 3.28 lock/miles per hour.

We were followed down all the locks by 4 boats from the Dunstable and District Boat Club who shared one lock after us. They moored by us at the Park in Berkhampstead. Saw a pair of moorhens with a nest. A warm sunny day.

Saturday 15th April 1995

From Northchurch Bottom Lock No 52 to Sewer Lock No 58 arriving at 1:20 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 20 minutes. 2 miles and 6 locks, averaging 3.43 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 61 hours 10 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 99 locks, averaging 3.25 lock/miles per hour.

Went shopping in Berkhamsted and when we came back we found the boat tilted over as many people moored overnight in the pound had gone through the lock leaving the water level low. Went through the first two locks with a nice couple on "Myoitis". Moored for lunch etc. just below the lock, another mooring where we got stuck on a shelf by the bank.

From Sewer Lock No 58 to Winkwell Bottom Lock No 61 arriving at 6:00 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 10 minutes. 1.12 miles and 3 locks, averaging 3.53 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 62 hours 20 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 102 locks, averaging 3.24 lock/miles per hour.

Moored between the lock and the Railway bridge. At the top lock we met a man who had moored beside us at Hertford last year.

Sunday 16th April 1995

From Winkwell Bottom Lock No 61 to Aspley Lock No 66 arriving at 12:55 am. The time taken was 3 hours 10 minutes. 2.25 miles and 5 locks, averaging 2.29 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 65 hours 30 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 107 locks, averaging 3.16 lock/miles per hour.

Set off amidst many boats from the Hillingdon Boat Club who had moored with us last night. They preceeded and followed us through many locks. We stopped for water at 1140 at Apsley To Lock and then went through the rest of the flight before lunch.

From Aspley Lock No 66 to Hunton Bridge Bottom Lock No 73 arriving at 4:30 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 15 minutes. 3.75 miles and 8 locks, averaging 5.22 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 67 hours 45 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 115 locks, averaging 3.17 lock/miles per hour.

At this lock I let the boat drift back onto the cill while I was talking to a bystander. Although it had only just caught when I noticed it by the time we had reversed the paddles the boat was tilting over and the rudder and tiller had been pushed up about 4 inches. So we moored for the night and I tried to see if there was anything I could do to remedy the situation but there wasn't. A mostly cloudy day with some sunny periods.

Monday 17th April 1995

From Hunton Bridge Bottom Lock No 73 to Batchworth Junction arriving at 2:00 pm. The time taken was 3 hours 30 minutes. 5.12 miles and 8 locks, averaging 3.75 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 71 hours 15 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 123 locks, averaging 3.13 lock/miles per hour.

Rang Harefield Marina about our rudder problem they said we needed to get to them so they could take the boat out of the water. As the mobile reception was so poor in this area I had to take the bike up to Hunton Bridge Village and use the phone box. Shared most of the locks with a young couple with a 62 foot boat and a three legged white Bull Terrier.

From Batchworth Junction to Widewater Lock No 86 arriving at 6:00 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 40 minutes. 4.25 miles and 5 locks, averaging 3.47 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 73 hours 55 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 128 locks, averaging 3.08 lock/miles per hour.

Saw a coot on its nest and a duck that had the plastic ring from a milk carton caughtround its head. Moored oposite Harefield Marina. A dull day cold in the morning and with some light rain this afternoon.

Tuesday 18th April 1995

From Widewater Lock No 86 to Dolphin Bridge No 186 arriving at 11:00 am. The time taken was 1 hour 30 minutes. 3.12 miles and 2 locks, averaging 3.41 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 75 hours 25 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 130 locks, averaging 3.05 lock/miles per hour.

Having gone into Harefield Marina at 9 o'clock we were told that their slipway would not be available until Thursday so I rang Uxbridge Boat Centre who said they could do the job today. When we got there the yard manager was out and arrived back at 11.30 and told us they would stat the job in two and a half hours, so we went in to town and got shopping at Tesco's and had a good ploughman's ina very nice pub (the Queen's Head). We got back at about 13.30 to find the boat being lifted from the water. The repair was done, the bill paid (94) and we were on our way by 13.45.

From Dolphin Bridge No 186 to Bulls Bridge Junction arriving at 3:35 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 50 minutes. 5.25 miles and 1 locks, averaging 3.41 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 77 hours 15 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 131 locks, averaging 2.99 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped for water at the junction and I rang Brentford Lock about our passage through to Teddington. They said we need to give 24 hours notice and booked us for 1630 tomorrow.

From Bulls Bridge Junction to Hanwell Bottom Lock No 97 arriving at 6:20 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 25 minutes. 3 miles and 8 locks, averaging 4.55 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 79 hours 40 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 139 locks, averaging 3 lock/miles per hour.

Went through the Hanwell flight and moored between bridge 205a and Osterley lock. Met two boats coming up tthe flight. The day started cloudy with a few sunny intervals and became increasingly warm and sunny despite the gloomy weather forecast.

Wednesday 19th April 1995

From Hanwell Bottom Lock No 97 to Brentford Gauging Lock No 100 arriving at 3:05 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 15 minutes. 2.37 miles and 3 locks, averaging 4.3 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 80 hours 55 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 142 locks, averaging 2.99 lock/miles per hour.

In the morning I touched up some of the paintwork on the boat, then I went for a walk down past the next two loccks and took some pictures of a pair of converted narrowboats with a young couple aboard. The man had a little girl in a baby carrier on his back while he worked the locks.we set off at 13.50 down towards Brentford and were waved into the Gauging Lock by the keeper. Moored just before the Thames Lock.

Grand Union Main Line to River Thames

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From Brentford Gauging Lock No 100 to Teddington Lock arriving at 6:00 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 30 minutes. 5.75 miles and 2 locks, averaging 5.17 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 82 hours 25 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 144 locks, averaging 2.96 lock/miles per hour.

Had an uneventful trip up the Thames. It took about an hour to reach Teddington Lock but by the time we were locked through, completed the forms, paid 31 and moored above the lock another half hour had gone by. Sunny for much of the day with cold cloudy periods.

River Thames to River Wey

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Thursday 20th April 1995

From Teddington Lock to Thames Lock No 16 arriving at 1:00 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 15 minutes. 10.87 miles and 4 locks, averaging 3.5 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 86 hours 40 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 148 locks, averaging 2.86 lock/miles per hour.

A good trip up the Thames and through the strange Thames Lock with an extra gate and short pound before the lock proper. The lock keeper was very informative and helpful and took the National Trust fee (33) and a 10 deposit for the lock key. moored for lunch shortly after the lock.

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From Thames Lock No 16 to Newark Lock No 10 arriving at 6:30 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 10 minutes. 6.37 miles and 6 locks, averaging 2.97 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 90 hours 50 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 154 locks, averaging 2.8 lock/miles per hour.

Shared most of the locks with a hire boat "Guildford Duchess" but left them when we stopped at Pyrford Marina for a pump out (7) and some water. Peter Corbett's boat "Midnight" was moored there. A pleasant run and another sunny day but cool in the morning and evening.

Friday 21st April 1995

From Newark Lock No 10 to Onslow Bridge arriving at 12:25 am. The time taken was 3 hours 35 minutes. 8.62 miles and 5 locks, averaging 3.8 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 94 hours 25 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 159 locks, averaging 2.74 lock/miles per hour.

A frosty but sunny morning and another journey through attractie countryside. We saw some peacocks at Cartbridge, one of them on a narrowboat. We also saw rabbits, a hawk, Highland Cattle and a pair of Mandrian Ducks that flew up into a tree. Moored at the visitor's moorings and had lunch then did two trips up the hill to Sainsbury's to do our shopping.

From Onslow Bridge to Mill Mead Lock No 4 arriving at 6:00 pm. The time taken was 30 minutes. 0.25 miles and 1 locks, averaging 2.5 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 94 hours 55 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 160 locks, averaging 2.74 lock/miles per hour.

Moved to a mooring above the lock so as to be out of the town for the night, then turned the boat ready to go back to meet Pat andd Eileen at the station. A sunny day cold at first but quite warm later.

Saturday 22nd April 1995

From Mill Mead Lock No 4 to Onslow Bridge arriving at 78:0 pm. The time taken was 40 minutes. 0.25 miles and 1 locks, averaging 1.88 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 95 hours 35 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 161 locks, averaging 2.73 lock/miles per hour.

Set off in the rain back to the visitor's moorings by the station. Had to go down stream a little way to turn the boat back towards Godalming. Went out to collect the post and to find a shop that sold fuses for the charger but failed in this. Met Pat, Eileen and Eve at the station, they missed the train they had planned to get at Waterloo but the next one was only a few minutes later. Went bac to the boatfor drinks, a chat and an early lunch.

From Onslow Bridge to Godalming Town Bridge arriving at 4:15 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 30 minutes. 4.62 miles and 4 locks, averaging 3.45 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 98 hours 5 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 165 locks, averaging 2.7 lock/miles per hour.

The rain of the morning gave way to a brighter afternoon with sunny periods we moored and filled with water at Godalming and walked round the town. There is a Sainsbury's and a Waitrose close to the moorings. Passed the horse drawn trip boat "Iona" at the lock and moored next to "Queen of Sheba", Eve was delighted with their dog Tosca.

Sunday 23rd April 1995

From Godalming Town Bridge to Unstead Lock No 2 arriving at 11:00 am. The time taken was 1 hour 30 minutes. 2 miles and 1 locks, averaging 2 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 99 hours 35 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 166 locks, averaging 2.67 lock/miles per hour.

Moored for elevenses and Sunday lunch by a field of horses a little way below the lock. Eve made friends with the children from the boat that moored near us at lunchtime and fed carrots to the horses.

From Unstead Lock No 2 to Onslow Bridge arriving at 3:50 pm. The time taken was 50 minutes. 2.62 miles and 3 locks, averaging 6.74 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 100 hours 25 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 169 locks, averaging 2.68 lock/miles per hour.

Moored and had drinks, made up sandwiches and went to see off Pat, Eileen and Eve at the station.

From Onslow Bridge to Stoke Lock No 5 arriving at 6:05 pm. The time taken was 50 minutes. 2.12 miles and 0 locks, averaging 2.54 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 101 hours 15 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 169 locks, averaging 2.66 lock/miles per hour.

Moved out of the town and moored in a quiet spot below the lock, the rain started after we moored ending an otherwise bright day with sunny periods. Champers soon got back to normal following his truma of having a child aboard.

Monday 24th April 1995

From Stoke Lock No 5 to Cart Bridge arriving at 10:55 am. The time taken was 1 hour 20 minutes. 4.37 miles and 4 locks, averaging 6.28 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 102 hours 35 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 173 locks, averaging 2.66 lock/miles per hour.

A grey morning trip down to Cartridge where we stopped for coffee and went shopping in Send. It rained while we were having lunch but cleared up before we moved off at 14.20.

From Cart Bridge to Pigeon House Bridge arriving at 3:45 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 25 minutes. 3.25 miles and 3 locks, averaging 4.41 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 104 hours 0 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 176 locks, averaging 2.65 lock/miles per hour.

Had to stop for 35 minutes due to a barge of mud blocking the river where the National Trust were working on the piling on the off side of the river. Had coffee and some of the chocolates Eileen bought us.

From Pigeon House Bridge to Pyrford Lock No 12 arriving at 5:25 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 5 minutes. 0.37 miles and 0 locks, averaging 0.34 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 105 hours 5 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 176 locks, averaging 2.63 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped just below the lock to dispose of rubbish but could not find the water point promised in Nicholson's so went in to the marina again to fill up with water. The afternoon continued dull but dry.

Tuesday 25th April 1995

From Pyrford Lock No 12 to Town Lock No 15 arriving at 11:20 am. The time taken was 1 hour 55 minutes. 4.12 miles and 3 locks, averaging 3.71 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 107 hours 0 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 179 locks, averaging 2.61 lock/miles per hour.

Mored between Town and Thames locks, as we did when we came up the river. Had lunch at the Crown, quite near Thames Lock, and walked round Weybridge doing a little shopping then came back to the boat from the opposite direction. A fine day sunny and fairly warm in the afternoon.

River Wey to River Thames

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Wednesday 26th April 1995

From Town Lock No 15 to Walton Bridge arriving at 83:5 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 10 minutes. 2.25 miles and 2 locks, averaging 3.64 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 108 hours 10 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 181 locks, averaging 2.6 lock/miles per hour.

Came off of the Wey and went down to Shepperton Marina to fill up with diesel at 64p a gallon, 21.15 for 33 gallons or 150 litres. Also filled up with water but could not get an oil filter.

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From Walton Bridge to Staines Bridge arriving at 1:25 pm. The time taken was 3 hours 10 minutes. 7.25 miles and 3 locks, averaging 3.24 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 111 hours 20 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 184 locks, averaging 2.55 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped for a quick lunch while the lock keeepers were off duty. Near Penton Hook I saw a green parrot flying about.

From Staines Bridge to Maidenhead Railway Bridge arriving at 5:35 pm. The time taken was 3 hours 43 minutes. 13.62 miles and 5 locks, averaging 5.01 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 115 hours 3 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 189 locks, averaging 2.51 lock/miles per hour.

Moored just below the bridge on the municipal moorings (5). At Bell Weir Lock, which we shared with Ada Garth, we were watched by a large crowd of school children with their teachers, much waving and cheering. Saw two more green parrots. A cold dull day, but dry while we were cruising although we had rain early in the morning before we set off.

Thursday 27th April 1995

From Maidenhead Railway Bridge to Temple Island arriving at 1:05 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 15 minutes. 14.12 miles and 6 locks, averaging 4.73 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 119 hours 18 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 195 locks, averaging 2.47 lock/miles per hour.

Moored on the Regatta course on the west bank below the town, for lunch, the sirn said mooring 3 but no one came to collect it. Saw a pair of Canada Geese with some young on the way up. At Boulter's lock the keeper was busy working on the weir but left us to operate the lock (electrically) and came back in time to see us out. He has a daughter called Lorna.

River Thames to Kennet and Avon Canal

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From Temple Island to Blakes Lock arriving at 5:45 pm. The time taken was 3 hours 55 minutes. 10 miles and 4 locks, averaging 3.57 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 123 hours 13 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 199 locks, averaging 2.43 lock/miles per hour.

Went up through Marsh Lock to Shiplake where the lock keeper was missing so I operated the lock using the tiresome wheel turning system common on the automatic Thames locks. The keeper returned in time to open the top gates for us - he had been to help a Hotel Boat that had broken down near the weir. Filled with water above the lock but could no get the pump out to work so we had to get that done at Thames & Kennet Marina (6 self service with no chemical). Moored by the Blakes lock Museum. A sunny day but with a cool breeze in the morning.

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Friday 28th April 1995

From Blakes Lock to High Bridge, Reading arriving at 10:00 am. The time taken was 15 minutes. 0.25 miles and 0 locks, averaging 1 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 123 hours 28 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 199 locks, averaging 2.42 lock/miles per hour.

Spent most of the day moored just below the bridge but returned to the moorings by Blakes Lock Museum for the night. Went into town to collect the post and to find an oil filter for the boat but no luck with that. Went shopping withthe bike to Sainsbury's and after lunch we went to M&S and to other shops in town. A warm sunny day.

From High Bridge, Reading to Burghfield Lock No 103 arriving at 1:00 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 20 minutes. 4 miles and 4 locks, averaging 3.43 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 125 hours 48 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 203 locks, averaging 2.41 lock/miles per hour.

Met Dave, Heinz and Teki(?) at the station and took them back to the boat at High Bridge. After some refreshment we set off up river. Moored between here and Garston Lock for lunch.

Saturday 29th April 1995

From Burghfield Lock No 103 to Aldermaston Lock No 95 arriving at 6:00 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 0 minutes. 6.25 miles and 7 locks, averaging 3.31 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 129 hours 48 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 210 locks, averaging 2.39 lock/miles per hour.

Cruised up to Aldermaston so that Dave and his friends could get the train home but there were no proper moorings available so we moored just below the lock. Had dinner and afterwards Dave found that there were no trains unit 2100 so he phoned for a taxi.

Sunday 30th April 1995

From Aldermaston Lock No 95 to Woolhampton Mill Lock No 94 arriving at 11:20 am. The time taken was 1 hour 55 minutes. 1.75 miles and 1 locks, averaging 1.43 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 131 hours 43 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 211 locks, averaging 2.36 lock/miles per hour.

Came up through Aldermaston and Woolhampton Locks and two swing bridges to moor above Oxlease swing bridge. Went for a walk to Woolhampton and had a drink at the Row Barge on the way back, a nice pub with its own character, busy with Sunday lunch customers. Came back to the boat for lunch etc. A mild but cloudy day becoming brighter but not sunny.

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