Saturday 29th August
. . . . until I saw that CaRT use them to hold lock gear together.
We set off at about 9:15 and made our way northwards through 18 locks, the weather has been great – not too hot and not raining – just what the lock wheeler ordered.
At Lowsonford we happened across the Antony Gormley statue which Brenda immediately christened ‘Mr Rusty’.
We finally made it to the top of the locks, having noted that our ‘pre-historic’ copy of Nicholson's does not show Lock 24 at all. So according to that we only passed through 17 locks rather than the 18 we actually did. We stopped at the service block for a water fill from a quite slow tap. Whilst waiting, Brenda raided the overloaded plum tree there. Then out onto the Grand Union and head South towards Hatton. Shrewley tunnel was very very wet inside and I was glad to be back out in the sunshine, to dry off, afterwards.
We moored for the night at 3pm on the 48hour moorings above Hatton flight. We then went for a walk down to the locks.