We set off this morning at the usual time of around 8, having waited a few minutes for a drizzly shower to pass through. It was straight into the flight of six Stoke Locks, all of which were against us except the bottom one, where a Black Prince hire boat was coming up to return to base at the end of their holiday. The hire boats fill most of the canal just above the lock.
on Chance three years ago). There are three deep locks almost immediately, all with working side ponds to save water. Going down, to open the side paddles first, so half a lock of water goes into storage, to be used when the lock needs to be filled.
6 miles, 20 locks. (50 miles, 112 locks)