But we did clear the worst of it after the M25 bridge and apart from a few patches by overhanging trees which meant we had to keep well over onto the towpath side, the rest of the journey was stress free. In the crystal clear water we saw loads of patches of blanket weed as well as large amounts of aquatic plants which could foul the prop, especially if one didn't keep to the middle. It was particularly dense by the long line of moored boats.
|Overhanging trees meant the channel was reduced|
We did have one incident that frightened the life out of us both when a submerged burnt out boat suddenly rose up from the depths. Not sure if we caught it as we went past or if the water displacement caused it to rise. For anyone going down to the end to wind it's by bridge 8.
|A lot more showed itself and I got this as it was submerging.|
|Got another shock to see a boat coming toward us. Thought we were the only mad ones to make the journey Loads of underwater weed growth on this section|
|Lovely mural at bridge 11|
On reaching the end we were very disappointed. It's just a winding hole with nowhere to get off. The chemical factory smells were also off putting but there were some nice parks to explore if one was so inclined.
|The terminus. Winding hole to the left|
|And winding hole|
Having taken a little over 3.5 hours to do there and back we stopped in the same place as yesterday. Just for a late lunch but then Ian decided that, with no one around, the chainsaw could come out of cold storage and be fired back into life. So now all branches neatly cut into usable logs and because the afternoon was now coming to a close, we decided to stay another night.
And on route and on the mooring.