Monday, 16 November 2009

We're going down..

We left Marple at 09.00 yesterday morning, no rain, no wind and lots of warm autumn sunshine to speed us on our way. Caxton started the descent first followed closely by Matilda Rose. As Graham and I got Caxton (Joe as tillerman) into the first Lock, Jill went on ahead and set the next three. Thereafer I got a lock open and Caxton coming in before heading for the next lock and setting it in our favour, returning to let Caxton out and reset the lock for Matilda Rose. We got both boats down the 16 lock flight in 2hr 50mins; and did I know it! There were plenty of walkers about who stopped to watch the exercise but it wasn't until the final lock that 'dad' helped his two sons with opening the gate with me. The children were fascinated by the locking process - future boaters maybe?
From the bottom of the locks it was rapid progress to Bridge 14 and Romiley where we had a date with a Sunday Lunch.

Another visit to The Friendship Inn where a home cooked roast beef lunch was presented. If you are in this part of the world do try the landlady's home cooking - grand!

After our lunch we headed off to Portland Basin but had to negotiate this tree that had fallen across the cut.

We had misjudged our journey by perhaps 20mins, half an hour, arriving in the dark on tunnel lights and mooring by torch light but hey ho, all good experience!


Anonymous said...

Sounds as if you earned that lunch! The Marple flight's great - where I first learnt to drive a boat (hint hint, Lesley) :-)
Sue, Indigo Dream

Nb Caxton said...

One day, one day Sue. I have had a few goes on the tiller but I still prefer the towpath with the dogs - bonus is that where I have lost weight with this lifestyle the dearly beloved has gained it!

Anonymous said...

Yep, that's a common syndrome - what shall we call it - "Tiller Rear" maybe :-)

Hum, on second thoughts, Lesley, maybe instead of you driving, I should start walking!Though Blue and Lou are giving me that look, the one that says "I hope you're not expecting US to get involved"!

Sue, Indigo Dream

Anonymous said...

Top of the marple flight, house with a boat outside on the left. Knock on the door, ask for Malcolm, just have a chat with him about what he does. He is a lovely guy. He can reverse park his boat just as easily as you would park a car, should not be possible. You can mention us but he teaches so many that I am sure he won't count it against you.

Richard (still limping slightly from being hit)