8 miles, 17 locks
We spent a very busy Easter weekend at the wharf in Bollington, helping out with day boat handovers and fuel sales then headed back by train on Sunday night.
This morning we had various boat jobs to do before setting off so left the marina at 12. Then we were finally on to the canals! The flight of 17 locks up to the Grand Union was made easier by reducing Willow’s draught (water ballast emptied) but mainly because our friends Simon and Ann from NB Melaleuca arrived from where they were moored at the top to give us a hand. And it was very welcome as several pounds were dry!
We stopped at the top for a cup of tea on Melaleuca and then we continued in convoy through the 3000 yard (roughly 2 mile) Blisworth Tunnel to Stoke Bruerne. We did it in 25 minutes!
Now we’ve just got back from an evening with the Melaleucas and with our friend Andrew who just happened to be tying up in the village with his family on a hire boat holiday!
Oh yes and in case anyone’s wondering why we’ve turned left instead of right, we have a stop off in London at the beginning of May to get married! And go to the Little Venice Cavalcade.