Thursday, 4 September 2008

Montgomery Canal tomorrow.

2 Locks, 7 Miles. Now moored at Frankton Locks.

It was a beautiful morning when we set off from the Poachers Pocket pub. As the morning wore on we could see the rain clouds coming in from the West but hopefully we would be moored up before the rain arrived. Well, that was the plan but we tried mooring after mooring, including 2 new sites that have just been fitted with mooring rings, only to find there was insufficient water. Normally we moor up leaving our stern sticking out but with this canal being narrow that wasn't an option so after 5 attempts we finally finished up at Frankton junction ahead of schedule.

As today's boats were all lined up waiting to go down the Frankton locks we had to literally hang around midstream until a couple of boats moved off to allow us space to moor for the night. I should explain here that there are only 12 boats a day allowed onto the Montgomery canal and you have to book ahead. The lock keeper will let us through between 12 and 2pm tomorrow.

1424 locks, 2080 miles, 50 Tunnels, 42 swing bridges and 30 lift bridges since Nov 2006

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