|This looks as if there were only a few flies but the boat was covered when I opened the hatch this morning.|
Not having to be anywhere fast, I decided to have a walk down to the old bottom lock which once allowed the boats to cross the River Ouze before the Iron Trunk aqueduct was built. Steps down lead you to a cattle tunnel under the Grand Union. Definitely one to have to crouch down to get through. No hard hats issued for this tunnel!
|Jade at the end of the cattle tunnel.|
|Iron trunk aqueduct repainted in 2011.|
We made Stoke Bruerne later in the afternoon, rose up the 5 locks and moored in the long pound for the night. From the bottom lock onwards new signs have appeared stating 2 day stay only with a penalty of £25 overstay per day. Now I hate continues moorers but in all the years we have traveled this route we have never struggled to get a mooring in the long pound. Makes me wonder if C&RT have truly thought about some of the mooring sites that they have put restrictions on!.
|Tiny wild flower about a 1cm|
|Heron being mobbed by crows|