Before we set out, Dad and me had a little bit of dinner something simple just warming up hotdogs, I have made food like this before in the cold winter when Ezri was at winter moorings, but out on the water its somehow cooler.
Any way back to the trip, as we ate another boat came past us, so we desided to follow it slowly and not take on water at the point. Giving them time to reach and use the lock, the 12 Bosley locks are single so its one boat at a time. By the time we got there they had passed through and it was our turn, I tied Ezri up and Dad started to refill the lock, in no time we were though it working our way towards the second and as we left another boat began to work the first lock behind us.
So with one boat in front of us working the second lock and one in the first we tied up again and waited and waited it turned out there was a boat in the third lock going down to. Four boats all going down, It took a little bit but then it was our turn in the second lock I got in a dad worked the gates and paddles down we went, nice a simple I tied up and waited again Dad walked to the third lock and helped the boat going down so we were there a good ten minutes.
Still I though in is small group of four going down. Now at the third lock the road travels over the canal so there is bridge which you can’t see over or pass if your working the lock or on a boat. The boat Dad had helped was out of the lock and he’d put water in for me in enter so carefully I went in Dad was still on left hand side making sure the paddles were down when a young man came running up the towpath he started, shouting about how it was his turn and he wanted to come up and we had cost him half an hour he didn’t even have his windless and then asked Dad did he know the rules.
Dad said he would as quick as he could and the man went back down the hill. Dad let the water go and down Ezri went. We had been in group of four last time, I had checked one in the lock one in the pound swaping places until we reach the last lock. That was the plan but now is guy was shouting the odds. Dad when to tell the boat behind me about the boat comming up. As Ezri and me came out of the lock to tied to the side a small fibreglass boat half the size of Ezri if that, her crew were all female one woman in her late 30’s and three girls.
There was no sign of the narrowboat we had let down earlier, I past the fiberglass boat and headed to lock number four which was wasn’t set for going down, Someone had let the water go so I had to wait for dad to set now the one in one out lock system wasn’t going to work here water in the pound for the boat waiting and water in the lock.for going down, but I didn’t work that out until Dad ask me to move off Ezri was suck on rock so I had to wait until lock three started to empty so I could flot in.
I not going talk about all 12 of the locks as there is video of a few of them and few photos as well, Like all my videos there shot live no edits just pure sound and pictures. They are hand held on old Nokia N series phone I don’t even let YouTube play with them. I may link them together at the end of the adventure but for now here is some raw narrowboating.
When we had done all the locks we made it to a 48 hour moorring spot and got talking to the other boats and they told Dad that the fiberglass guy was blaming everyone. He had bullied is way up the locks, in fact the boat I had behind apologized to him. Now one of three things could have happened they saw him tie up and didn’t tell Dad hoping he would get to lock before us or two they pasted him in the pound and didn’t tell him there were more boats coming down and lastly he’d been there the whole time watched them and Dad work the lock and come down which would have been a good 30 minutes and done nothing.
As always thank you reading and see you next week. – By the way the two next blog posts are going to moving ones.
Total Miles covered so far (Start point Bugsworth) = 31 miles 5 furlongs
Miles covered this trip = 1 miles 2 1/2 furlongs
Places been/Stopped- Bugsworth, Strines Road Narrows, Carr Swing Bridge, Bancroft Bridge No 8, Higher Poynton Winding Hole, Braddocks Bridge No. 19, Lane Head Winding Hole, Clark’ Change Bridge, Leadbeater’s Bridge No 40, Royal Oak Swing Bridge No. 49, Locketts Bridge No. 53. River Dane Aqueduct (12 locks)