Friday, 14 September 2007

What sort of example is this?

4 Locks, 8 Miles. Now moored at Bulls Bridge,Hayes.

We got away at 9am as usual in fine weather when 2 north bound boats conveniently set the lock for us. Due to the presence of lots of moored boats progress was slow. Along the way we noted new canal side apartment blocks going up on an old factory site which had been demolished and left abandoned for some years. From memory they were in the vicinity of Cowley and perhaps the old car factory? If anybody can enlighten us we would like to hear from them.

The long stretch from Cowley lock to Bulls bridge was a surprise in that even though it is predominately industrial there was not one moored boat, even unlicensed boats. We managed to get moorings outside Tesco's just north of the dry dock along the curved wall.

Now I know Tesco's don't have a good reputation regarding their trolleys but the dry dock has a sign stating Tesco's involvement in refurbishing the dry dock as example of a canal side dry dock. Full marks to Tesco's on that score BUT it is so full of rubbish that its an eyesore rather an example. Surely they could attempt to keep it clean and tidy.

Tonight I filled 2 rubbish sacks with rubbish from along the wharf landing which would have come from fishermen and some lazy boaters. This was deposited alongside a rubbish bin up in the supermarket car park which hopefully will be removed. Its not that difficult to be tidy and place rubbish in the appropriate receptacles.

paddington arm

Bulls Bridge junction with the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal.

692 locks, 879.5 miles, 25 Tunnels, 39 swing bridges and 19 lift bridges since Nov 2006

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