Saturday, 30 January 2010

Radford Semele

10 Locks, 5.10 Miles. Now moored at Radford Semele.

Another cool clear day to do some more cruising was just what the doctor ordered. First call was at bridge 27 for water, no problem here, which is more than can be said for our next stop at Fosse wharf. Here we were planning on a self pump out straight into the sump. Our plans were foiled as the Elsan and the sump were chocker block full awaiting a plumber or drain layer.  This is the third elsan in a row that is currently out of order.  The two in Braunston and now this one. Come on BW what do you expect boaters to do?  Ok perhaps boaters have plenty of money and can afford to go to boatyards for servicing.

Radford Semele 002 Negotiating Bascote staircase locks with Nb Uccello.

We were soon in a routine with the locks and they quickly slipped by. By the time we reached lock 21 the temperature was starting to drop quite dramatically and there was just a hint of snow. Derek on Uccello told us that if we did one more lock there were some nice moorings below the village of Radford Semele which is where we are currently moored.

Radford Semele 004 Bascote staircase locks. The water falls used to be the single locks replaced in 1935 with the current double locks.

Since leaving Rugby we have now been logged by a BW lengthsmen 4 times so it appears that BW are stepping up their patrols. Mind you today’s check was incorporated in with lock structure checks.

Radford Semele 008 Sunset at Radford Semele on the Grand Union Canal near Royal Leamington Spa.

2060 locks, 4071.89 miles, 76 tunnels, 130 swing bridges and 54 lift bridges since Nov 2006


Paul (from Waterway Routes) said...

You could support the Saltisford Canal Trust with one of their bargain £10 pumpouts, with a free night's mooring on the arm if you turn sharp left at Budbrooke Junction.

The pumpout is the first building on the left so don't go too far in. There's a winding hole about half way down the arm.

When are you doing Hatton? I'm free on Monday if you can wait until then. Otherwise let me know when you're approaching Birmingham.

Nb Yarwood said...

HI Folks
You are not far away now. We are doing the Hatton flight so perhaps we will meet tonight or Sunday?