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1997 Main Voyage - September

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River Lee

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Monday 1th September 1997

From to Carthagena Lock No 7 arriving at 1:40 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 15 minutes. 9 miles and 8 locks, averaging 4 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 421 hours 35 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 687 locks, averaging 1.87 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped below the lock for lunch.Carthagena Lock No 7: Lorna-Ann in - 1st September 1997.
Carthagena Lock No 7: Lorna-Ann in - 1st September 1997.

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Monday 1th September 1997

From Carthagena Lock No 7 to Stanstead Lock No 4 arriving at 5:20 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 20 minutes. 4 miles and 3 locks, averaging 3 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 423 hours 55 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 690 locks, averaging 1.86 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped for 20 minutes at Fieldes Lock for water. Saw a kingfisher. Moored at at the picnic area about half a mile above the lock. Mostly sunny with cloudy periods.

Tuesday 2th September 1997

From Stanstead Lock No 4 to Hertford Town Mill Bridge arriving at 11:55 am. The time taken was 2 hours 10 minutes. 4.75 miles and 4 locks, averaging 4.04 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 426 hours 5 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 694 locks, averaging 1.86 lock/miles per hour.

Went shopping at Boots and Waitrose and had lunch at the Old Barge (Plaice 5.95, Sweet & Sour Pork 4.90).

From Hertford Town Mill Bridge to Ware Town Bridge arriving at 3:25 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 20 minutes. 2.87 miles and 2 locks, averaging 3.65 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 427 hours 25 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 696 locks, averaging 1.86 lock/miles per hour.

Moored on the visitor moorings. Looked round the church and the town. A mostly sunny day with some cloud.

River Lee to River Stort

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Wednesday 3th September 1997

From Ware Town Bridge to Freakes Lock No 7 arriving at 4:20 pm. The time taken was 5 hours 50 minutes. 12 miles and 10 locks, averaging 3.77 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 433 hours 15 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 706 locks, averaging 1.86 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped for water at Stanstead Lock on our way down the Lee - very slow tap, it took 50 minutes. On the Stort we only saw 3 boats on the move, a cruiser and two narrowboats, one of which was the nb. Silverfish of Bristol. A cloudy day with light showers.

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Thursday 4th September 1997

From Freakes Lock No 7 to Bishop's Stortford arriving at 12:45 am. The time taken was 3 hours 35 minutes. 5.5 miles and 7 locks, averaging 3.49 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 436 hours 50 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 713 locks, averaging 1.86 lock/miles per hour.

Saw a kingfisher on the way up river. Moored next to Ashby and Caldon and went to the Pizza Hut for lunch, etc. A sunny day.

Friday 5th September 1997

From Bishop's Stortford to Sawbridgeworth Lock No 5 arriving at 3:20 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 20 minutes. 5 miles and 5 locks, averaging 4.29 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 439 hours 10 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 718 locks, averaging 1.86 lock/miles per hour.

Went shopping at Sainsbury's then filled with water before leaving Bishop's Stortford. Moored above the lock. A cloudy day with some sunny periods but in the evening it rained.

River Stort to River Lee

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Saturday 6th September 1997

From Sawbridgeworth Lock No 5 to Dobb's Weir Lock No 6 arriving at 2:00 pm. The time taken was 5 hours 5 minutes. 9.12 miles and 12 locks, averaging 4.15 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 444 hours 15 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 730 locks, averaging 1.87 lock/miles per hour.

Came through most of the locks with a cruiser called Misty Morn. Stopped at the Fish & Eels, above the lock, for lunch (Cajian Chicken 5.95 each).

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From Dobb's Weir Lock No 6 to Carthagena Lock No 7 arriving at 3:20 pm. The time taken was 30 minutes. 0.75 miles and 1 locks, averaging 3.5 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 444 hours 45 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 731 locks, averaging 1.87 lock/miles per hour.

Moored above the lock. A mostly sunny day but with increasing cloud.

Sunday 7th September 1997

From Carthagena Lock No 7 to Ramney Marsh Lock No 12 arriving at 12:50 am. The time taken was 3 hours 15 minutes. 5.25 miles and 5 locks, averaging 3.15 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 448 hours 0 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 736 locks, averaging 1.87 lock/miles per hour.

Moored for lunch just past the lock. We had tried to fill with water from the tap on the lock side but the flow stopped while we were filling.

From Ramney Marsh Lock No 12 to Pickett's Lock No 15 arriving at 3:55 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 35 minutes. 3.75 miles and 3 locks, averaging 4.26 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 449 hours 35 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 739 locks, averaging 1.87 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped for water for 25 minutes below Ponder's End Lock then moved down to our usual moorings between the reservoir and the golf course. A dry and mostly cloudy day with some sunny periods in the afternoon.

Monday 8th September 1997

From Pickett's Lock No 15 to Limehouse Basin arriving at 1:15 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 0 minutes. 9.87 miles and 6 locks, averaging 3.97 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 453 hours 35 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 745 locks, averaging 1.86 lock/miles per hour.

A good trip down to the basin where we moored. BW were working on Tottenham lock and at Old Ford only one of the top gates was working. Had lunch on the boat and dinner at the Wheatsheaf. A sunny day.

River Lee to Grand Union Main Line

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Tuesday 9th September 1997

From Limehouse Basin to Bulls Bridge Junction arriving at 4:40 pm. The time taken was 8 hours 40 minutes. 21.37 miles and 12 locks, averaging 3.85 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 462 hours 15 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 757 locks, averaging 1.85 lock/miles per hour.

Came up the 12 locks on the Regent's Canal and had lunch on the move. Jason hit us as he came out of Maida Hill Tunnel. Moored at Tesco's at Bull's Bridge. Cleared the prop, filled with water and went shopping. A warm sunny day.

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Wednesday 10th September 1997

From Bulls Bridge Junction to Widewater Lock No 86 arriving at 1:15 pm. The time taken was 3 hours 35 minutes. 8.37 miles and 3 locks, averaging 3.17 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 465 hours 50 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 760 locks, averaging 1.85 lock/miles per hour.

Set off at 9.15 and stopped at Denham Yacht Station at 11.20 for a pump-out (8.50) and 5 litres of Elsan Blue (7.85) then went through Uxbridge Lock then on tothe Horse & Barge where we got some drinks to have with our lunch on the boat.

From Widewater Lock No 86 to Cassiobridge, Watford, No 169 arriving at 5:40 pm. The time taken was 3 hours 35 minutes. 6.5 miles and 8 locks, averaging 4.05 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 469 hours 25 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 768 locks, averaging 1.85 lock/miles per hour.

Moored between the bridge and the lock. After dinner we went for a drink at the Two Bridges. A sunny day.

Thursday 11th September 1997

From Cassiobridge, Watford, No 169 to Fishery Lock No 63 arriving at 2:25 pm. The time taken was 5 hours 20 minutes. 8 miles and 16 locks, averaging 4.5 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 474 hours 45 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 784 locks, averaging 1.86 lock/miles per hour.

Went through 17 locks with Bohemea from Alyesbury, he was single handed. Stopped above the lock for a late lunch.

From Fishery Lock No 63 to Bourne End Bottom Lock No 59 arriving at 5:00 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 25 minutes. 1.37 miles and 4 locks, averaging 3.79 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 476 hours 10 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 788 locks, averaging 1.86 lock/miles per hour.

Moored above the lock. A mild and mainly cloudy but bright day

Friday 12th September 1997

From Bourne End Bottom Lock No 59 to Berkhamsted Top Lock No 53 arriving at 11:10 am. The time taken was 2 hours 0 minutes. 2.25 miles and 6 locks, averaging 4.13 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 478 hours 10 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 794 locks, averaging 1.87 lock/miles per hour.

Moored above lock 54 went to collect post and did shopping at Tesco's. After lunch Bridgewater Boats wated to turn their hire boats and we were blocking the way, so we moved on.

From Berkhamsted Top Lock No 53 to Northchurch Bottom Lock No 52 arriving at 4:00 pm. The time taken was 25 minutes. 0.37 miles and 1 locks, averaging 3.29 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 478 hours 35 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 795 locks, averaging 1.87 lock/miles per hour.

Went through lock 53 and moored above. Did some more shopping, at Waitrose this time. A day of sunshine and showers.

Saturday 13th September 1997

From Northchurch Bottom Lock No 52 to Cowroast Lock No 46 (Summit Lock) arriving at 12:05 am. The time taken was 2 hours 15 minutes. 2.25 miles and 6 locks, averaging 3.67 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 480 hours 50 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 801 locks, averaging 1.87 lock/miles per hour.

Came up through the locks with Kia Ora. Stopped for water and started on lunch above the lock.

From Cowroast Lock No 46 (Summit Lock) to Bulbourne Bridge No 133 arriving at 1:30 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 0 minutes. 2.75 miles and 1 locks, averaging 3.75 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 481 hours 50 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 802 locks, averaging 1.87 lock/miles per hour.

Carried on with lunch on the move when our water tank was full. Moored just after the bridge, opposite the BW depot, and walked down the Wendover Arm to the end of navigation. A sunny, breezy day with cloudy intervals.Gammel Bridge No 2: Wendover Arm - 13th September 1997.
Gammel Bridge No 2: Wendover Arm - 13th September 1997.

Sunday 14th September 1997

From Bulbourne Bridge No 133 to Marsworth Lock No 39 (Startop's End) arriving at 12:10 am. The time taken was 1 hour 35 minutes. 1 miles and 6 locks, averaging 4.42 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 483 hours 25 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 808 locks, averaging 1.88 lock/miles per hour.

Came down the locks with a Bridgewater hire boat. Saw Rutulus at Marsworth. Stopped for lunch opposite the pub.

Grand Union Main Line to Grand Union Aylesbury Branch

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From Marsworth Lock No 39 (Startop's End) to Puttenham Lock No 10 arriving at 3:25 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 35 minutes. 1.75 miles and 11 locks, averaging 8.05 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 485 hours 0 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 819 locks, averaging 1.89 lock/miles per hour.

Came down the Alyesbury Arm and moored just before the lock. A sunny start and end to the day but cloudy around mid-day.

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Monday 15th September 1997

From Puttenham Lock No 10 to Aylesbury Basin and Wharves arriving at 1:05 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 50 minutes. 4.5 miles and 6 locks, averaging 3.71 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 487 hours 50 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 825 locks, averaging 1.9 lock/miles per hour.

The two pounds between locks 14 and 16 were rather low. When we arrived at the basin the man from the welcome boat found us a mooring for lunch. After lunch Beryl walked up to Tesco's and I filled with water.

From Aylesbury Basin and Wharves to Puttenham Lock No 10 arriving at 5:25 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 45 minutes. 4.5 miles and 6 locks, averaging 3.82 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 490 hours 35 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 831 locks, averaging 1.9 lock/miles per hour.

Came back from the basin to our previous night's mooring. Dry, cloudy and breezy today.

Grand Union Aylesbury Branch to Grand Union Main Line

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Tuesday 16th September 1997

From Puttenham Lock No 10 to Marsworth Junction arriving at 12:15 am. The time taken was 1 hour 50 minutes. 1.62 miles and 10 locks, averaging 6.34 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 492 hours 25 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 841 locks, averaging 1.91 lock/miles per hour.

Got back to the junction and moored just after bridge 130 for lunch.

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From Marsworth Junction to Leighton Buzzard Bridge No 114 arriving at 5:55 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 30 minutes. 8.12 miles and 11 locks, averaging 4.25 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 496 hours 55 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 852 locks, averaging 1.92 lock/miles per hour.

As we came to Marsworth lock No. 38 a wide trip boat arrived from Grebe Canal Cruises, full of school children, so we let them through the lock first. Moored opposite Wyvern. Sunny, getting more hazy as the day progressed.

Wednesday 17th September 1997

From Leighton Buzzard Bridge No 114 to Soulbury Bottom Lock No 24 arriving at 12:25 am. The time taken was 2 hours 5 minutes. 3.62 miles and 3 locks, averaging 3.18 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 499 hours 0 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 855 locks, averaging 1.91 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped for water for 25 minutes at the bottom of the locks. Saw a kingfisher. Went on for another 20 minutes to moor for lunch just past bridge 106.

From Soulbury Bottom Lock No 24 to Bowler's Bridge No 91 arriving at 3:25 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 20 minutes. 5.37 miles and 3 locks, averaging 3.59 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 501 hours 20 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 858 locks, averaging 1.91 lock/miles per hour.

Saw a kingfisher just past Fenny Stratford Lock. Moored opposite the Pear Tree Bridge Inn. A warm but mostly cloudy day.

Thursday 18th September 1997

From Bowler's Bridge No 91 to Wolverton Bridge No 71 arriving at 11:05 am. The time taken was 2 hours 35 minutes. 8.37 miles and 0 locks, averaging 3.24 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 503 hours 55 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 858 locks, averaging 1.9 lock/miles per hour.

Moored just past the bridge and wet to Tesco's. Had lunch before moving on.

From Wolverton Bridge No 71 to Grafton Bridge No 57 arriving at 4:10 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 25 minutes. 6.12 miles and 1 locks, averaging 2.95 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 506 hours 20 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 859 locks, averaging 1.89 lock/miles per hour.

Moored between bridges 57 and 56. A misty morning gave way to a sunny afternoon.

Friday 19th September 1997

From Grafton Bridge No 57 to Stoke Bruerne Top Lock No 14 arriving at 1:25 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 20 minutes. 2.25 miles and 6 locks, averaging 3.54 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 508 hours 40 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 865 locks, averaging 1.9 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped for water for 25 minutes at the bottom of Stoke Bruerne locks. Came up the locks alone and met Zavala in the top lock, on their way to Winkwell. Moored for lunch etc. above the locks. A dull day with light rain.

Saturday 20th September 1997

From Stoke Bruerne Top Lock No 14 to Bugbrooke Bridge No 36 arriving at 12:25 am. The time taken was 2 hours 45 minutes. 7.37 miles and 1 locks, averaging 3.04 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 511 hours 25 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 866 locks, averaging 1.89 lock/miles per hour.

Met two Alvechurch boats coming through Blisworth tunnel. Just past Gayton junction we had to stop and re-moor a working boat, being used by Fibreway for their cable installation, that had come adrift. Stopped for lunch just after bridge 34.

From Bugbrooke Bridge No 36 to Dodford Road Bridge No 23 arriving at 5:25 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 40 minutes. 4.87 miles and 0 locks, averaging 2.92 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 513 hours 5 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 866 locks, averaging 1.88 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped 10 minutes at Millar Marine for gas but they don't have it. Got 155 litres of diesel (29.14) and the Boat Listing book. Moored just beyond the bridge. A dry day with sunshine in the afternoon.

Sunday 21st September 1997

From Dodford Road Bridge No 23 to Buckby Top Lock No 7 arriving at 12:25 am. The time taken was 2 hours 45 minutes. 3.75 miles and 6 locks, averaging 3.55 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 515 hours 50 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 872 locks, averaging 1.88 lock/miles per hour.

Met Duorf II and Rajah Brookes coming down the locks. Stopped at the top for water and lunch. Beryl had a shower.

From Buckby Top Lock No 7 to Braunston Top Lock No 6 arriving at 4:10 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 5 minutes. 3.5 miles and 1 locks, averaging 4.15 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 516 hours 55 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 873 locks, averaging 1.88 lock/miles per hour.

Came through the tunnel and moored behind Rajah Brookes, they had returned early because of a dying relative. A fine and mostly sunny day.

Monday 22nd September 1997

From Braunston Top Lock No 6 to Braunston Bottom Lock No 1 arriving at 10:50 am. The time taken was 1 hour 10 minutes. 0.5 miles and 5 locks, averaging 4.71 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 518 hours 5 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 878 locks, averaging 1.89 lock/miles per hour.

Came down the locks with Savoy Hill. Moored at Union Canal Carriers to get the batteries checked. Went shopping in the village but the supermarket is closed on Monday afternoons. New batteries (109.28), labour (29.37) and gas (11.25).

From Braunston Bottom Lock No 1 to Braunston Junction arriving at 5:20 pm. The time taken was 15 minutes. 0.75 miles and 1 locks, averaging 7 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 518 hours 20 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 879 locks, averaging 1.89 lock/miles per hour.

After the new batteries had arrived and were installed we moved on a little way, to just past the first entrance to the marina. A fine sunny day.

Grand Union Main Line to Oxford Canal (Northern Section)

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Tuesday 23rd September 1997

From Braunston Junction to Clifton Wharf arriving at 4:00 pm. The time taken was 3 hours 30 minutes. 8.75 miles and 3 locks, averaging 3.36 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 521 hours 50 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 882 locks, averaging 1.88 lock/miles per hour.

Started off at 10.40 and went into Braunston Marina for a pump-out but it would not work. Long delay while the pump was dismantled but no go. Filled with water by the Stop House and started our lunch, moving on at 12.40. Moored just past bridge 68, by the golf course. A fine sunny day.

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Wednesday 24th September 1997

From Clifton Wharf to Brownsover Arm (disused) arriving at 10:30 am. The time taken was 50 minutes. 1.12 miles and 0 locks, averaging 1.34 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 522 hours 40 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 882 locks, averaging 1.88 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped at Clifton Cruisers for a pump-out (10). Went on to just after bridge 58 and went shopping at Tesco's. Saw Wingletang. Stayed and had lunch on the boat.

From Brownsover Arm (disused) to Ansty Bridge No 14 arriving at 4:45 pm. The time taken was 3 hours 5 minutes. 9.12 miles and 0 locks, averaging 2.96 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 525 hours 45 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 882 locks, averaging 1.87 lock/miles per hour.

Moored just before the bridge. A fine day with sunshine and cloud.

Oxford Canal (Northern Section) to Ashby de la Zouch Canal

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Thursday 25th September 1997

From Ansty Bridge No 14 to Railway Bridge arriving at 12:25 am. The time taken was 2 hours 25 minutes. 7.25 miles and 0 locks, averaging 3 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 528 hours 10 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 882 locks, averaging 1.86 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped just before the lock at Hawksbury for water from 10.40 to 11.10. Moored between bridges 2 and 3 for lunch etc. A dry cloudy day.

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Friday 26th September 1997

From Railway Bridge to Stoke Golding Wharf arriving at 1:05 pm. The time taken was 3 hours 30 minutes. 8 miles and 0 locks, averaging 2.29 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 531 hours 40 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 882 locks, averaging 1.85 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped at Limekiln visitor moorings for 15 minutes to remove rubbish from the prop. Moored at Stoke Golding visitor moorings for lunch and had a look round the village.

From Stoke Golding Wharf to Bosworth Wharf Bridge No 42 arriving at 4:50 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 20 minutes. 6.12 miles and 0 locks, averaging 2.62 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 534 hours 0 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 882 locks, averaging 1.84 lock/miles per hour.

Saw a kingfisher and a water vole today. Moored on the visitor moorings. A cloudy day.

Saturday 27th September 1997

From Bosworth Wharf Bridge No 42 to SnarestonTunnel arriving at 1:10 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 25 minutes. 6.12 miles and 0 locks, averaging 2.53 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 536 hours 25 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 882 locks, averaging 1.83 lock/miles per hour.

Walked into Market Bosworth for some shopping at the Co-op before setting off. Moored on the visitor moorings and went to the Globe for lunch (Chicken & mushroom pie 4.50, Trout with Almonds 5.95).

From SnarestonTunnel to Head of navigation arriving at 3:15 pm. The time taken was 25 minutes. 0.75 miles and 0 locks, averaging 1.8 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 536 hours 50 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 882 locks, averaging 1.83 lock/miles per hour.

Went through the tunnel to the end of navigation, alot of boat moored there. Backed into the water point mooring and got a submerged log caught between the prop and the weed hatch. Filled with water.

From Head of navigation to Shackerstone arriving at 5:05 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 30 minutes. 3.5 miles and 0 locks, averaging 2.33 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 538 hours 20 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 882 locks, averaging 1.82 lock/miles per hour.

Moored on the visitor moorings above Turn bridge. A dry day with some sunshine.

Sunday 28th September 1997

From Shackerstone to Shenton Station arriving at 11:40 am. The time taken was 2 hours 10 minutes. 5.25 miles and 0 locks, averaging 2.42 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 540 hours 30 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 882 locks, averaging 1.82 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped at the battlefield moorings, went round the field and the visitor centre. Had lunch there (rolls and coffee 3.25 for two). Changed the oil and oil filter at 3252 hours.

From Shenton Station to Stoke Golding Wharf arriving at 4:40 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 25 minutes. 4.25 miles and 0 locks, averaging 3 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 541 hours 55 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 882 locks, averaging 1.81 lock/miles per hour.

At Sutton Wharf we passed our new neighbours on their boat Jemi. Moored on the visitor moorings. Cloudy with some hazy sun.

Ashby de la Zouch Canal to Coventry Canal

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Monday 29th September 1997

From Stoke Golding Wharf to Hawkesbury Junction arriving at 2:05 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 25 minutes. 11.5 miles and 0 locks, averaging 2.6 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 546 hours 20 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 882 locks, averaging 1.8 lock/miles per hour.

Saw a water vole as we came down the Ashby Canal. Had lunch on the move. Saw a jay on the Coventry Canal. Stopped on the visitor moorings just before the junction. Went for a drink in the Greyhound after dinner. A fine start with sunshine soon clouded over with rain in the afternoon.

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Tuesday 30th September 1997

From Hawkesbury Junction to Coventry Basin arriving at 11:35 am. The time taken was 2 hours 0 minutes. 5.5 miles and 0 locks, averaging 2.75 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 548 hours 20 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 882 locks, averaging 1.79 lock/miles per hour.

Started off after filling with water. The blanket weed at the end of the canal seemed not quiet so dense as on our last trip, two years ago. Collected the post and then went shopping before lunch. Wellington and Spectre were moored in the basin as were several hire boats. Light drizzle early in the day but warm and dry later.

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