The grade2 listed ex pumping station at the top of the tardebigge, well almost the top. This had a Newcomen steam engine originally and was used to pump water from the Tardebigge reservoir to the summit of the flight of locks.
Here we go
The bottom gates are open and Joe is climbing back down to Caxton
Tardebigge Reservoir - preserve of anglers with attitude!
I have been scuttling between locks on the trusty bicycle - the dogs have stopped their habit of knocking me off the damn thing - prepping the next lock so Caxton can go straight in and then cycling back to the lock Caxton has just left to close the gates - I think I covered about 350 miles today,well it felt like it anyway.
The lock cottage owned by the Landmark Trust - (for you David and Amanda)
How many more?
We called a halt after completing the Tardebigge flight and had an hour off to recover before setting off to do the six locks of the Stoke flight and the next six locks of the Astwood flight.
The Stoke Prior wharf, home of one of the Black Prince hire boat fleets.
And this is why so many of the locks were empty - bit leaky or what?
Oh look, another lock...
A wealth of buttercups along the towpath