At Stanstead lock a swing bridge has to be moved before ascending. We did debate whether to ignore the sign saying open the swing bridge before entering the lock and I must admit I did go in before Ian opened it. Then I had the idea if I stayed well forward maybe we could leave it closed. In the end though I bottled out and Ian opened it after all.
|Swing bridge over the lock|
|Entering the lock before the bridge was opened.|
|The boats bow is touching the top gates and the swing bridge when closed missed the stern by several feet. Probably a good job we didn't leave it closed.|
|After looking on the web I now think this is a Greylag goose|
|Ummm. Nice legs, nice bum!!!|
|Weir at Hardmead lock|
After traveling through Ware and liking what we saw but not stopping, all to soon Hertford lock was negotiated and we entered Hertford itself. We passed Roger and Pat already moored on the Cats Whiskers, gave them a toot, and arranged to go over to see them once we had found a space to moor. Thankfully we found one not far from them and after hammering in our pins, went on board Cats Whiskers for a welcoming cup of tea and delicious chocolate brownie made by Rogers own fair hand. After a lovely long chat we headed off to town to see what was around. I must say I have seen better shops in smaller towns and was a little disappointed in what I saw. Even dog walking is a no go as most of the towpath backs onto small cottages. Still we made the end of Navigation and that was our aim. Tomorrow we will back track and make for The Gunpowder museum in Waltham Abbey.