Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Old haunts revisited.

13 Locks, 7 Miles. Now moored at lock 78 Croxley Green.
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Locking with Narrowboat Densie today

 We moved down through lock 67 to await the arrival of the postman at Apsley marina where we were expecting the return of our stern and cratch covers. By 9.45 we had our parcel safely stowed aboard and we were away on the next leg of our journey. Going through Kings Langley we saw the finished products of the conversion of the old Ovaltine factory into apartments and housing estate. Next time we are in the area we will have to have a look at the front of the building which is the old factory facade.

It was a lovely day for cruising and we made good time. We moored up for lunch between bridges 164 and 165 in what used to be the Duke of Clarendons' estate. The first bridge (164) was built to appease the duke to get permission to build the canal across his land.

It was great to pass through some of my old fishing haunts  from my child hood, Lady Capels wharf, Grove Mill, and Cassiobury Park. Not much has changed in these area's.

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Sign at lock 76 in Cassiobury Park

Tonight we watched a TV programme on ITV called Water World and narrated by  actor Timothy West who I believe is narrow boat owner. There was a marked point made during the programme about using the canals again for what they were designed for, moving freight. Overall I thought the programme was well made and presented.

680 locks, 865miles, 25 Tunnels, 39 swing bridges and 19 lift bridges since Nov 2006

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