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

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Feakes Lock (Stort Navigation) – Friday 8th August

We woke up to some sunshine though the forecast had been for torrential rain and a yellow rain warning!  Richard took Muffin for his morning constitutional and had to cut it short as there was a heavy shower but then it stopped and all was OK.  I did my trip to Sainsburys and stocked up on fresh food for a few days. 

We had planned on staying in Bishop’s Stortford for a couple of nights but a) we really didn’t like where we were moored and b) Richard is worried that if Bertha hits on Sunday   bridges so he wants to get below the last low bridge by Saturday night.

We dumped what we had to dump but didn’t need water – for once – and then continued down the river.  The rain started but only showers – some heavy and some not so heavy.



Just below Twyford Lock there are two highly painted boats but of very different lengths!  The second one is only a dinghy though it looks bigger.

We stopped for lunch just before Spellbrook Lock and as we were pulling out another boat appeared behind us.  The river was obviously up a bit as the plants got a bit more than a hair-cut under bridge 43 this time.
  



As we passed Hillingbury Marina another boat pulled out in front of us.  Three boats in a queue for a lock causes inconvenience as there are continuous moorers at every lock leaving only space for one to moor up whilst operating the lock.  It did become a little easier as we spread ourselves out. 

By Sheering Mill Lock the rain was hammering down so we pulled over just before the next lock, Feakes, and moored for the night.

Our mooring - we were behind the green boat
5.72 miles
6 locks

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