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

Friday 27 August 2010

Thursday 26th August

We set off this morning to get to the bottom of Caen Hill Locks. There was a little drizzle but on the whole it wasn’t too bad a day though it would be nice to see the sunshine again. This part of the canal is strewn with swing bridges which I had to admit are a real pain. They aren’t hard work just a nuisance! You may remember when we came down this way we met a group of German cyclists – well we met them again – well not the same group but the bikes! There are two locks and Outmarsh and then five at Send Cleeve. We came across two hire boats at the Send Cleeve locks which gave hire boaters a bad name. We came up one lock on our own and there was a hire boat waiting to go down. They just sat on their boat and watched Richard do all the hard work and as we came out they moved their a***s to do some work. Everybody always helps out at locks especially when there is just one person doing the locks. We both felt like saying something but were very restrained! The second incident was at the Barge Inn. We were queuing up with another boat to go through the lock and there was a hire boat moored up outside the pub. It would appear that they sent their crew to prepare the lock and then they got shirty when we said that we were both going up. The long and short of it was that the hire boat and the other boat, Reed Warbler, went up together leaving Richard to do another three locks on his own. I was not impressed by the attitude of either of these hire boaters! We got to the bottom of Caen Hill Locks and stopped in almost the same place as we had stopped 12 days ago when we came down. I have to tell you that neither of today’s photos were taken today but were in fact taken around Bradford-on-Avon.

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