Monday, June 05, 2017

Warwick to Kingswood Junction

We set off at 8.30am after seeing Ian to pay for our Warwick experience. We saw Jo and Keith on n.b. Hadar on the way out to say our goodbyes..
We soon got to the first of twenty one locks on the Hatton Flight and very soon got into a routine of dealing with them.. They are quite easy locks, one because they seem wider that normal locks, and the paddles are easier because of the way they wind down.. The gates always seem very heavy but if you take your time it just feels like good exercise..
It took us 3 hours because we had to follow a single boater up for the most of it. On the second half the lock keeper help set them up and things were a bit quicker but hay ho, we are not worried about speed.   
When we got to the top we decided to push on or as Mark said get a wiggle on. There was a lot of duck weed about which got caught in the prop a bit but it was easy cruising.
We got to Shrewley tunnel, which is only 430 yards long, but we got soaked in there. Derwent6 needed a wipe down when we came out..
We carried on and found a mooring at Rowington and then walked to the nearby pub Tom O the Wood.
It was nice, but food had finished serving at 4.00pm so we walked 3/4 of a mile to The Navagation at Kingswood where fish and chips was in order and it hit the spot!
We had another lovely evening and walked back to the boats for 8.00pm giving us time to chill for the night..

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