Summer Cruise 2013 – Day 12

Up and out this morning and up to the bottom of the locks, while Joy did some shopping at Bridge 61 shop, I trekked up the locks to book in with the lock keeper who said that we could come up to the halfway point immediately, so it was back down the hill again to the boat and then back up again, working the locks for Joy as she brought the boat up. I tell you I was glad of the rest at the halfway passing point whilst we waited for five boats to come down the top staircase. We were at the top by 11ish and fortified ourselves with a sausage sandwich from the Top Lock Cafe, and a refill at the water point.

From there we progressed onwards (if not upwards as we on a summit level once more) to Welford Junction where we forked left and explored the delights of the Welford Arm, a quiet, pretty backwater less than 2 miles long with just one lock. We turned at the end and easily found a mooring opposite the basin.

Time to explore the village tomorrow, but we can already see the Wharf Inn right at the end of the arm. Time for a little walk I think!


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