There is a cutting after bridge 34 which, as long as I can remember in our cruising days, have always had a sign up stating that the banks were unstable.
The advice is to travel slowly along this section after all one doesn't want tons of rocks crashing down on one, do they? Halfway along, two large buoys mark where a tree had fallen yonks ago and after removal, the stumps had been left sticking out into the channel. Hmmm, do I really have to state the obvious?
At Stretton stop, a small footbridge needed to be swung out of the way before I could bring FS through. Ian got off at the road bridge, legged it to the swing bridge to get it open, I crept through and Ian got it closed again managing to jump back on board before FS was at the end of the narrows.
A two and a half mile long section was ahead of us with the railway running alongside the canal. We hardly ever see any boats moored, never a wonder really, but many years ago we did hammer pins in near the golf course and yes those trains did rumble past at a rate of knots and yes both of us agreed to never moor along this stretch again!
At Hawkesbury Junction we were surprised to see lots of empty spaces on the approach to the stop lock so we decided to pull in and have a late lunch. It became a very long lunch as both of us couldn't be bothered to get going again, this will do for today.
|Hawkesbury Junction on the right with the stop lock in the foreground.|