Rickmansworth – Iver
We shared the first few locks with Janet & Steve then said a fond farewell as they were only going to Denham.
Then it was on through Uxbridge and turn onto the Slough Arm at Cowley Peachey. Almost 2 weeks to the hour after we set off, we arrived at our new mooring (well for 6 months anyway!)
We are 6 from the far end which means a long walk to the car and the service block but easy access to Langley station for James’s commute!
King’s Langley – Rickmansworth
A shorter day as we wanted to catch up with friends in Ricky.
We continued to share with our new friends Janet and Steve on Freedom No.1 through Cassiobury and into Ricky itself.
Once tied up we wandered over to the newly developed Chess Basin moorings to have a look. We have a mooring at Iver for 6 months but need to use that time to sort out where next, we don’t fancy continuously cruising!
Chess Basin is lovely but too far out of our budget unfortunately so the search continues.
We had a great evening catching up with friends who are moored in the area and ended up having a bit of a late night (11pm is late for us now!)
Cowroast – Kings Langley
We shared locks all day with a lovely couple on Freedom No.1. They were heading for a prebooked mooring and were keen to get underway as soon as CRT came out and unlocked the gates.
I helped out through Berko with BoatBaby fast asleep by the time we were at Gas Two locks. Sadly the enforced early stop the previous day meant we missed out on a drink at the Rising Sun!
We had another enforced stop above Hemel with CRT finishing some works. It turns out we were some of the first boats through after an extended winter stoppage.
We took on some diesel at Winkwell and I stayed inside with A most of the afternoon as the weather was a bit grim and he was a bit grizzly. James and the guys on Freedom made great progress though.
We tied up just inside the M25. Really feels like we are in London now!
Horton – Cowroast
We did the first few locks ourselves with me and BoatBaby on the bank, then at the bottom of Maffers (Marsworth) we stoppes to fill the tank and empty the bins & Elsan.
As we had hoped, while we did this another boat came by and we shared the flight with them. We made good progress and were soon on the summit pound. The flight was looking lovely as all the Spring blossom was coming out.
At Cowroast we met another boat to share with, the other having stopped, and planned to go all the way into Berko but CRT were doing an unplanned stoppage at Dudswell so we had to stop early. A good chance to catch up with some boat jobs and washing! And to have an early tea and relax.
Fenny Stratford – Horton
After the glorious sunshine of the last few days it was a shock to have rain and hail today.
BoatBaby and I spent most of the day snuggled up inside, helping with the locks where we could. With the rain cover on and lots of layers A was warm and dry even if we weren’t.
After the obligatory shopping stop at Leighton Buzzard, we continued south towards the summit but stopped above Horton Lock when we saw a raincloud catching up with us again!
Stoke Bruerne – Fenny Stratford
We had a slow descent of the Stoke Bruerne flight behind a hire boat. Normally we would go ahead and help but BoatBaby decided he was hungry after 2 locks so I was stuck inside.
James and A at the helm
Then we chugged around Milton Keynes to Fenny Stratford where we met up with some old friends, Helen and Will, who live nearby with their little boy. We had a delicious dinner cooked by Will before retiring back to the boat well past our bedtime!
Braunston – Stoke Bruerne
We were very lucky to have lots of lock helpers in the form of Maffi, Simon, Ann, and Adam from Briar Rose. Thank you everyonea
They helped us up Braunston then drove round to help with Buckby, so we were on our way again from the bottom of the Buckby flight by lunchtime.
We continued round the long pound to Stoke Bruerne and ordered takeaway from the Spice of Bruerne just before we went in the tunnel so that when we got out the other side it was ready! Very good it was too.
Forgot to take any pictures but thankfully Adam did! https://nbbriarrose.blogspot.com/2019/03/birthday-locks.html