Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Cruising the Stratford Canal

 We woke yesterday morning to a VERY hard frost. The ropes were quite solid and everything was rimed frost but looking quite lovely.  We were planning to cruise a mere 4 miles and eight locks to Wootton Wawen.

 The typical Stratford canal bridge. Cast from iron in two plates that are mounted on the piers leaving a gap between the plates for the towing rope to pass through.
Yarningale Aqueduct leading directly into a lock.  The towing path drops down beside the trough so you are walking along at gunwale level.

 Caxton nosing across the Aqueduct and into the waiting lock.

 A BW work boat was sitting in the next lock and we were wondering if we had cocked-up, had we missed a stoppage?  As the workmen saw us they reversed out of the lock and waved us through. They were setting brand new sandstone coping stones on a new bridge parapet.

Moored at Wootton Wawen. We will stay here for a day or so before venturing into Stratford basin.

3 comments:

Dave Winter said...

Lovely frosty morning picture of Caxton.I think that sums up what living on a narrowboat is all about.

bob said...

Love the pix! Especially the first two.

bob

Nb Caxton said...

Hi Dave
We are just sooo lucky to be living this life...but we know it!
Lesley