29 miles, 4 locks
I am very pleased to be this side of Salter’s Lode Lock. It was out of action for a while due to an electrical fault two weeks ago and we were nervous about whether it would be fixed in time. But all was well this morning for the tidal crossing. We arrived at Denver lock for the allotted 8:30 but didn’t get through til 9:30 as we always have to go through last. James turned a bit late so didn’t manage a 10/10 from Paul the lock keeper on his entry! Then it was a 2 hour wait in the lock until the tide levelled with the water in the Middle Level. We said a fond farewell to Paul who we have known for years now and who is always a friendly presence at this somewhat bleak outpost!
The Middle Level Commissioners have dredged some parts around Upwell/Marmont Priory so the going was a bit quicker than it has been in the past. We were also sad to learn that Maureen who was the lock keeper at Marmont Priory is very ill and no longer looking after the lock.
We considered stopping at Ashline Lock but it was a beautiful evening so we have pushed on to Stanground Lock. We’re booked to go through on to the Nene at 9am tomorrow.