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In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Chain ferry

The big problem of all the boaters that was moored above lock was that they were unable to get to the festival site without having to cross the river. There was a walk which took you across a farmers field full of cows, avoiding all the cow sh****t on the way, negotiating a style which unless you were really agile had no hope of climbing over, over the bridge at Red hill marina, through a car park and up a long lane and eventually to the festival site. Total walk of 1 mile approx and a good 35 minuets duration. The organisers arranged for a chain ferry to run at certain times during the day. That was fine until you wanted to go to the evening entertainment. They stopped running at 8pm. The only way back to our boat after this time was to catch a mini bus that the organisers had laid on. Again fine except the bus only had room for 8 passengers and only made 2 trips. As there must have been over 50 boats above lock I don't think anyone can make the sums add up!!!
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