This map was taken from Google Earth. I don't know when this picture was taken of Bancroft Basin, but it sure aint as empty as that now! Of course we had no idea what to expect at the time. For all we knew it could have been completely full but we lived in hopes that we would find a mooring. After leaving Wooten in the early hours again,( not the trains waking us this time but sheep!) and having breakfast on the go, Bearley lock soon came into view followed not long after by Edstone Aqueduct.
|Jade at Bearley lock|
Once we reached Wilmote top lock we had another 16 locks to do before reaching Bancroft Basin and unfortunately the majority were against us. Still the day was sunny and warm ( makes a change ) and having such an early start meant we could take our time. ( Didn't want to get to Stratford to early in case no one had left the moorings yet.)
|Wilmcote flight of 3|
|Robin watching keenly at our locking efforts.|
|Wilmcote flight of 5|
|This alien creature was clinging on to the side of the lock wall.|
|I wonder what this plant is. Looks like rhubarb. Definitely not Gunnera It was growing wild along the undergrowth along the towpath.|
|Mooring on the end potoon|
|Avon looking tranquil but the flood gauge showed the river to be in the amber and there was still quite a flow downstream.|
|Royal Shakespeare Theater|
Some of the views around Stratford.
48 hours is the allotted time we can spend on this mooring. As we fancy staying for a lot longer we may move to the visitor moorings outside the basin. Having walked to have a look at them, there doesn't appear to be any sign stating how long we can stay.