I am Linda and along with my husband Richard and our dog Muffin we enjoy our summers on the UK's canal system

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Wednesday 2nd June

What a glorious day :-) We left our over night mooring relatively early – for us anyway – and went through Leighton Lock. The view the other side was lovely with the sun shining and the old lock house and a modern one next door. We got into Leighton Buzzard and were able to moor up right by the road bridge which was great as we were going to the Leighton Buzzard Railway. We had hoped to catch a bus but Google maps had the wrong times so we decided to walk. It was quite a long walk and we were going to quite fast so we could catch the 12.20 train – which went just as we approached the railway! We then had a two hour wait for the next one so bought some sandwiches and sat on a bench and took the opportunity to work out what we are going to be doing in the next 10 days or so. The train was a little disappointing as both the steam locos were out of order so we had a diesel. The whole journey was 70 minutes with a stop at their museum which houses one of the largest and most important collections of narrow-gauge stock in the country. We then walked back to the boat via Tesco - which is right on the canal and even has an entrance onto the towpath – there are shopping stopping moorings where you can stop for two hours. We took the opportunity to buy the heavy things as we were so close. We left Leighton Buzzard and motored on through two locks until we found a lovely mooring place just below Slapton Lock. We had planned a BBQ so Richard cooked while I slaved over a hot salad down below! We ate on the towpath and stayed there until the sun went down.

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