Tuesday 18th September
Set off with Nb Chance on our way to
Swindon. Made good progress to Bratch Locks where we were able to go straight down as they are a unique group of three locks which appear to be a staircase but with gates between each lock. They actually have side ponds but they are not readily visible.
* Bracth Locks
Carried on to
where we moored up and visited Sainsbury’s supermarket adjacent to the bridge, very useful store. Wombourne Bridge
* Chance waiting at Lock.
* Doug and June walking
between locks Phoenix
At Marsh Lock one of the top paddles would not go fully down and it was a slow decent but fortunately we were both able to get through ok.
* Botterham Staircase Locks
* Canalside Cottage
* Doug Working the Locks
On route we spotted this Tree Boat which if it had been put to good use in
would have saved C & RT £50,000. Birmingham
* Natural Tree Boat
Swindon but there were no spaces at the official moorings so motored on towards the next lock and found a nice spot, later Nb Dolly Blue joined us.
We had afternoon tea and home made coffee cake aboard Autumn Myst while June showed Doug how to complete the crochet mooring pin covers which he was making out of Supermarket Bags whilst Bob and James discussed boats.
After dinner we gather in Nb Chance for a great evening, their hospitality is second to non and we now realise why they have made so many friends on the cut.