Sunday, 14 October 2007

New Territory

12 locks, 8 miles and 2 Tunnels. Now moored at Limehouse Basin.

With Tony and Mary back on board after their European tour and Tracey visiting overnight we were all set to head off for Limehouse basin. With 5 aboard we had to stop off at the water point which took ages due to low water pressure. Tony was looking forward to having a crack at working the locks and of course a stint on the tiller which he mastered very quickly.

Off down the Regent's canal again we stopped mid stream to look and photograph some of the animals in London Zoo. There were quite a few boats on the move today which made locking a bit easier. Just past Old Ford lock we carried straight on this time and ventured into new territory consisting of 3 locks over about 1.5 miles.

Upon arrival at Limehouse there was not much space on the visitor moorings but we squeezed in on the end of the moorings. Over the next couple of hours 3 more narrowboats arrived via the river Lea and 1 via the Regent canal. Some of these have had to breast up to get a mooring.

New apartments overlooking Limehouse Basin

Once sorted I went and checked in with the harbour master who told me that there was 1 other narrowboat going to Brentford and a cruiser going to Teddington tomorrow so we will have company. We will be let out of the basin onto the river at 2pm or thereabouts.

Beautiful basin on a beautiful day, tomorrow is forecast fine, fingers crossed.

794 locks, 1087.5 miles, 33 Tunnels, 39 swing bridges and 19 lift bridges since Nov 2006

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