|Staircase locks are the first two on the Aylesbury Arm|
|These hideous buildings at the junction are three bed houses. They can be yours for a cool £550,000!|
At every lock a bottom paddle was raised which took even more time. Meeting C&RT working on a bridge they told us this was what was expected even though no signs were in place. Then we had the problem of low pounds. Between lock 6 and 7 and then again after lock 12. I could only creep and stay in the middle. Well over a foot down, which was strange as the other locks had water pouring over the top.
Anyway exactly 5 hours later we arrived at Tesco. After a quick shop we descended the last lock and sailed into the basin. Wasn't sure where to moor at first. All along the towpath side were notices saying service point mooring only. As I turned the corner to wind, there right in front of us were pontoons. Nothing to say we couldn't moor so we came alongside and moored up. A gate leads out to the town center and right on your doorstep a Waitrose. If we don't get chucked off we will stay another day.
Went to wetherspoon's for dinner. Much better meal then the one yesterday at the Anglers Retreat and Ian said he may well treat me to breakfast tomorrow. At £2.99 for a full English one cant go wrong.
|Parts of the bottom sections were very nearly single traffic only|
|And a reed hazard at a bridge 'ole|