Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Autumn Cruise - Day 11, Part 1

As we're not due out on the Thames until this afternoon, we took a trip round the East London Ring this morning.

We set off just before 8.30, retracing our steps of yesterday up four locks of the Regent's Canal.  Then we made the very tight turn into the Hertford Union Canal, or Duckett's Cut.

Duckett's Cut is about a mile long, mostly alongside Victoria Park.  There are three locks, all with very different characters.

At the end of the canal we turned right onto the Lee Navigation, with fantastic views of the Olympic Stadium.

Old Ford Lock is push button operated.

As we headed back towards Limehouse, we passed Three Mills and Bow Locks.  There's been a lot of work in preparation for the Olympics, with a nice new footbridge and some waterbus stops.

We've been across to the service pontoon to pump out the loo tank and fill the water tank in preparation for this afternoon.  We're booked to lock out onto the Thames at 3.15pm.

5 miles, 8 locks.  (129 miles, 113 locks)

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