Thursday, 31 March 2016

Minworth to Kingsbury Water Park

Good Friday was a gorgeous sunny day when we left Minworth we briefly stopped at the Curdworth top lock and enjoyed some hot cross buns before making our way down the Curdworth Locks.

Approaching Curdworth Top Lock

All was going well, the lock side were very well maintained and looked lovely in the sunny weather, there were no other boats around, in fact we hadn't seen another moving boat for days.

Until we got to lock 6, both off side paddles were out of use so it took ages to fill, the pound below was very low, it must have been around a foot down. James left the lock and started to make his way slowly to the next lock but got totally grounded, I had to start letting water down and eventually he managed to scrape his way to lock 7. 

Grounded - they're not going anywhere!

This next pound was slightly down but luckily we could get through and more water wasn't needed. 

Such a shame, it's going right across the nature reserve too

At the Dog and Doublet we met a hire boat coming up the lock and as we approached the next one a boat was just leaving we also now had one behind us as well. The boat leaving the lock happened to be Ian and Irene on Freespirit unfortunately this pound was quite low as well and some of the permanent moorers were sat on the bottom. We said a quick hello to Ian on the tow path and then Irene on the boat, the boat behind us didn't move over for Freespirit to get by and she was forced right over towards the moored boats, some people are just so thoughtless. After a bit of manoeuvring by Irene she was on her way again.

We continued down the flight and moored on the stretch by Canal Pool at Kingsbury Water Park, a lovely spot to spend Easter.

Outside the cottages at the bottom lock, I could just squeeze through

4.5 miles and 11 locks 

TOTAL 88 miles and 123 locks

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