After a couple of productive days we headed off on a three mile lock free section and crossed the Edstone Aqueduct, we had walked there the previous day so I managed to get some photos of the structure from road level. This is the longest aqueduct in England at nearly 200 yards.
|This photo makes it seem wider than it actually is, the boat just fits in|
After crossing the smaller aqueduct at Wootton Wawen we had to negotiate getting past the hire boats moored at Anglo Welsh, as our stern was still in the narrow aqueduct we couldn't get the front round to avoid the boats across the canal, there was nothing for it but to keep going and push them out of the way, not ideal and not something we liked doing but on this occasion there was no choice, as well as their own moorings being completely full they had also taken up several spaces on the visitor moorings. I really am of the opinion that if the hire bases have not got the room to put their boats when there are all back at base then they really should reduce their numbers.
|Just about to go over Wootton Wawen aqueduct|
|No way we can get round that, half of LJ is still in the narrow aqueduct|
It was then up through a few more locks and the lovely barrel lock cottages, we stopped again overnight in Lowsonford. It had taken us five days with three stops on the way back to Lowsonford, on the way down it was all one journey - we had missed so much.
|A very extended barrel roof cottage|
|Lovely barrel roof cottage|
|Lowsonford barrel cottage around the 1950's|
|Moored outside the Fleur-de-Lys|
7.5 miles and 9 locks
TOTAL 60.75 and 83 locks