Saturday 27 September 2014

Compton to Bumble Hole and beyond.

From Compton we set off in pleasantly warm sunshine passing Whitwick Manor, now National Trust, and Pool Hall, Dimmington reservoirs and 5 locks quite nicely spaced until  the infamous Bratch locks, a set of 3 raising or lowering the canal 30.2 feet within a very short distance .
Whilst the procedure for operating the locks is well explained by notice boards on-site, a lock keeper is based there to help or advise if needed. No problem.
A few locks later Botterham staircase set looms (20 ft ) but with no lock keeper to help. Again no problem.
Bumble Hole lock failed to live up to it's name and sadly was instantly forgettable . 
All in all we completed 15 locks today and moored near Ashwood Marina to recuperate. 

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