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1998 Voyage - April

Cruising Log Index

Grand Union Northampton Branch

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Wednesday 1th April 1998

From to Milton Road Bridge No 2, Gayton arriving at 12:55 am. The time taken was 3 hours 50 minutes. 4.75 miles and 17 locks, averaging 5.67 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 30 hours 45 minutes. total cruising time, 65.75 miles and 54 locks, averaging 3.89 lock/miles per hour.

Came up the locks from Northampton, some of the pounds were very low. It started to rain as we went through the last 4 locks. Stopped for lunch at the usual mooring, before the bridge.

Grand Union Northampton Branch to Grand Union Main Line

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From Milton Road Bridge No 2, Gayton to Blisworth Bridge No 51 arriving at 3:50 pm. The time taken was 30 minutes. 1.25 miles and 0 locks, averaging 2.5 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 31 hours 15 minutes. total cruising time, 67 miles and 54 locks, averaging 3.87 lock/miles per hour.

Filled with water at Gayton then came down to Blisworth. Walked up to the village and got some milk. A cloudy day with rain in the early afternoon.

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Thursday 2th April 1998

From Blisworth Bridge No 51 to Stoke Bruerne Top Lock No 14 arriving at 10:00 am. The time taken was 55 minutes. 2.75 miles and 1 locks, averaging 4.09 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 32 hours 10 minutes. total cruising time, 69.75 miles and 55 locks, averaging 3.88 lock/miles per hour.

Set the washing machine going and came through the tunnel passed two boats coming the other way and a maintenance flat doing work in the tunnel. Stopped on the visitor moorings and went into the canal museum shop. Spoke to the people on Higgler who were moored near us.

From Stoke Bruerne Top Lock No 14 to Solomon's (or Cosgrove Ornamental) Bridge No 65 arriving at 2:30 pm. The time taken was 3 hours 20 minutes. 6.25 miles and 6 locks, averaging 3.68 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 35 hours 30 minutes. total cruising time, 76 miles and 61 locks, averaging 3.86 lock/miles per hour.

Came down the locks, passing two boats going up, and went on to Cosgrove. Had lunch on the move. Walked round the village and had a drink at the Barley Mow then went back in the evening for dinner (Cargrilled Lamb Cutlets 5.25 each, Profitter Rolls 2.25 each) very good. A day of sunshine, cloud and some rain.

Friday 3th April 1998

From Solomon's (or Cosgrove Ornamental) Bridge No 65 to Wolverton Bridge No 71 arriving at 10:10 am. The time taken was 1 hour 0 minutes. 2.12 miles and 1 locks, averaging 3.12 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 36 hours 30 minutes. total cruising time, 78.12 miles and 62 locks, averaging 3.84 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped for shopping at Tesco's and lunch. Got drenched in a sudden hail and rain shower on the way to Tesco's.

From Wolverton Bridge No 71 to Watling Street Bridge No 96 arriving at 5:10 pm. The time taken was 3 hours 25 minutes. 9.87 miles and 1 locks, averaging 3.18 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 39 hours 55 minutes. total cruising time, 88 miles and 63 locks, averaging 3.78 lock/miles per hour.

Found a maintenance flat adrift as we came through Milton Keynes. Saw the man from Alchera on a bridge then his wife waved from their house as we passed. Went through the lock and filled with water. Moored opposite the Bridge Inn. A windy day with heavy showers and sunny periods.

Saturday 4th April 1998

From Watling Street Bridge No 96 to Stoke Hammond Lock No 23 arriving at 11:50 am. The time taken was 1 hour 20 minutes. 2.75 miles and 1 locks, averaging 2.81 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 41 hours 15 minutes. total cruising time, 90.75 miles and 64 locks, averaging 3.75 lock/miles per hour.

Walked into Bletchley for some shopping and to post Beryl's Easter presents to the girls. I bought 4 mugs at the Co-op (9.96). Went on and stopped after the lock for lunch etc. Another windy day with showers and sunny periods.

Sunday 5th April 1998

From Stoke Hammond Lock No 23 to Old Linslade Bridge No 110 arriving at 10:45 am. The time taken was 1 hour 35 minutes. 2.75 miles and 3 locks, averaging 3.63 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 42 hours 50 minutes. total cruising time, 93.5 miles and 67 locks, averaging 3.75 lock/miles per hour.

Two boats went up the three locks in front of us and later two more followed behind. Saw a pair of Mandarin ducks after the locks. Moored, briefly, outside the Globe by bridge 111.

From Old Linslade Bridge No 110 to Church Lock No 29 arriving at 12:25 am. The time taken was 1 hour 25 minutes. 4 miles and 3 locks, averaging 4.94 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 44 hours 15 minutes. total cruising time, 97.5 miles and 70 locks, averaging 3.79 lock/miles per hour.

Moored for lunch, and the day, just below the lock. Quite a lot of boats on the move today. Sunshine, heavy showers and winds.

Monday 6th April 1998

From Church Lock No 29 to Marsworth Junction arriving at 12:35 am. The time taken was 3 hours 30 minutes. 6.12 miles and 9 locks, averaging 4.32 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 47 hours 45 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 79 locks, averaging 3.75 lock/miles per hour.

As we were setting off "Adventurer" came along, a 60 foot narrowboat crewed by a mother, her 16 year old daughter, a son, Howard, slightly younger and her 9 year old daughter, Ruth.We went through the locks with them and stopped for lunch on the mooring rings near the Red Lion bridge.

From Marsworth Junction to Bulbourne Bridge No 133 arriving at 3:15 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 35 minutes. 1.12 miles and 7 locks, averaging 5.13 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 49 hours 20 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 86 locks, averaging 3.77 lock/miles per hour.

After lunch we met up, by arrangement, with "Adventurer" at the water point at Marsworth Junction, where they were having lunch and filling with water. We then went up the locks and moored at the top. We went to the Grand Junction Arms hoping to get a meal but they were changing management there and had no food today. A day of sunshine and cloud with a few showers.

Tuesday 7th April 1998

From Bulbourne Bridge No 133 to Berkhamsted Top Lock No 53 arriving at 12:05 am. The time taken was 3 hours 20 minutes. 5.37 miles and 8 locks, averaging 4.01 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 52 hours 40 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 94 locks, averaging 3.68 lock/miles per hour.

Saw a kingfisher in Tring cutting. Came down through all the locks with Adventurer. Stopped by Waitrose to pick up the post then had lunch at the Highwayman brasserie and bar (14.90 for pasta and drinks for us both).After lunch did some shopping in Waitrose.

From Berkhamsted Top Lock No 53 to Bourne End Bottom Lock No 59 arriving at 4:40 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 5 minutes. 2.25 miles and 6 locks, averaging 3.96 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 54 hours 45 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 100 locks, averaging 3.65 lock/miles per hour.

Came down the locks with Adventurer but a heavy rain shower prompted us to stop above the lock. A dry and mostly sunny morning but less sun and some showers in the afternoon.

Wednesday 8th April 1998

From Bourne End Bottom Lock No 59 to Kings Langley Lock No 69A arriving at 12:20 am. The time taken was 3 hours 40 minutes. 4.62 miles and 11 locks, averaging 4.26 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 58 hours 25 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 111 locks, averaging 3.61 lock/miles per hour.

Came down the locks with Adventurer. Saw several swans nesting including a black swan at Hemel Hempstead. Stopped for lunch after the lock.

From Kings Langley Lock No 69A to Iron Bridge Lock No 77 arriving at 4:45 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 55 minutes. 3.87 miles and 8 locks, averaging 4.07 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 61 hours 20 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 119 locks, averaging 3.57 lock/miles per hour.

More locks with Adventurer. Picked up some rubbish on the prop just before the lock. Moored for the night some way after the lock and cleared the prop in the rain.A dry morning with some sun, rain at lunch time and showers in the afternoon.

Thursday 9th April 1998

From Iron Bridge Lock No 77 to Batchworth Junction arriving at 12:15 am. The time taken was 2 hours 10 minutes. 3.12 miles and 4 locks, averaging 3.29 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 63 hours 30 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 123 locks, averaging 3.51 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped for water just above Cassio Lock then went through the lock and had a pumpout (10) at Bridgewater boats then went on and waited at the lock while Adventurer had their pumpout. Saw a kingfisher. Moored at Tesco for lunch. I slipped and fell flat while mooring the boat.

From Batchworth Junction to Widewater Lock No 86 arriving at 4:50 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 30 minutes. 4.25 miles and 5 locks, averaging 3.7 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 66 hours 0 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 128 locks, averaging 3.45 lock/miles per hour.

Came down to here with Adventurer and moored below the lock. A day of showers and some sunshine.

Friday 10th April 1998

From Widewater Lock No 86 to Packet Boat Bridge No 190 arriving at 12:20 am. The time taken was 2 hours 35 minutes. 4.87 miles and 3 locks, averaging 3.05 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 68 hours 35 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 131 locks, averaging 3.37 lock/miles per hour.

Waved goodbye to Adventurer, who set off before us. Went down the locks with Wenda, a short narrowboat. Saw our first brood od ducklings this year at Uxbridge Lock. Had lunch at The Turning Point (Fuisilli with Salmon and dill 6.95, Lamb Madras 5.95) very good.

From Packet Boat Bridge No 190 to Bulls Bridge Junction arriving at 5:00 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 15 minutes. 3.5 miles and 0 locks, averaging 2.8 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 69 hours 50 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 131 locks, averaging 3.31 lock/miles per hour.

Moorings at Tesco's were very crowded but we squeezed our way in beside a barge. A rainy day.

Monday 13th April 1998

From Bulls Bridge Junction to Thames Locks No 101 arriving at 1:15 pm. The time taken was 3 hours 50 minutes. 5.87 miles and 11 locks, averaging 4.4 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 73 hours 40 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 142 locks, averaging 3.29 lock/miles per hour.

After three nights at Tesco's Bulls Bridge we set off down the canal. Met Adventurer at Norwood top lock and Eddie and Valerie helped us through the lock. At the Hanwell flight nine boats were coming up as we went down. Stopped for lunch and to wait for the tide just before the lock.

Grand Union Main Line to River Thames

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From Thames Locks No 101 to Teddington Lock arriving at 4:30 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 30 minutes. 5.25 miles and 2 locks, averaging 4.83 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 75 hours 10 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 144 locks, averaging 3.25 lock/miles per hour.

Took 1 hour 15 minutes to get from Brentford (straight through the lock at level water) to Teddigton Lock. Went through the barge lock with a lot of cruisers. Went out to dinner at L'Auberge at the Kings Head (Coq au vin 8.50, Duck 11.95). A cold but mostly dry and sunny day.

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Tuesday 14th April 1998

From Teddington Lock to Walton Bridge arriving at 1:40 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 15 minutes. 9.37 miles and 2 locks, averaging 2.68 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 79 hours 25 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 146 locks, averaging 3.1 lock/miles per hour.

Came up the Thames, which was running fast, and turned into Shepperton Marina, hitting the bank due to the fast flow. Filled with diesel (130 litres 31.20) and had lunch.

River Thames to River Wey

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From Walton Bridge to Thames Lock No 16 arriving at 3:40 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 30 minutes. 1.5 miles and 1 locks, averaging 1.67 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 80 hours 55 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 147 locks, averaging 3.05 lock/miles per hour.

Below the weir at Shepperton was like a massive whirlpool as we came into the River Wey. Paid 38 for a seven day licence and a 10 deposit on a lock key. Saw a kingfisher just after the lock. Moored a little way above the lock.

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Wednesday 15th April 1998

From Thames Lock No 16 to Black Boy Bridge arriving at 11:00 am. The time taken was 50 minutes. 1 miles and 1 locks, averaging 2.4 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 81 hours 45 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 148 locks, averaging 3.03 lock/miles per hour.

Went into Weybridge to do some shopping at Waitrose. Moved up through Town Lock and moored beside Katherine J outside the Pelican pub. Fred and Joyce arrived by car around 11.30 and we had a chat and a coffee on the boat and lunch in the pub (3 Turkey and 1 Beef roast dinner 21 in total) After lunch Katherine J moved off and Fred and Joyce left about 15.30. A dull day with rain and snow in the afternoon.

Thursday 16th April 1998

From Black Boy Bridge to Cart Bridge arriving at 2:00 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 5 minutes. 7.5 miles and 6 locks, averaging 3.31 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 85 hours 50 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 154 locks, averaging 2.96 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped for water in Pyrford lock (35 minutes) then went on, having lunch on the move. A swan attacked our rear fender at Newark Lock. Stopped on the moorings by The New Inn.

Friday 17th April 1998

From Cart Bridge to Stoke Lock No 5 arriving at 11:50 am. The time taken was 2 hours 25 minutes. 4.37 miles and 4 locks, averaging 3.46 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 88 hours 15 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 158 locks, averaging 2.92 lock/miles per hour.

The flood gates were closed when we got to Worsfold so we had to lock through. The river was running fast here.The reach above Triggs Lock seemed to be down about a foot but the stream was strong at Bower's Lock and I hit the side as I turned the corner across the flow to enter the lock. We got into Stoke Lock and closed the gates but found a "Flood Do Not Proceed" sign on the top paddles. Saw a kingfisher below the lock while we waited. Had lunch and were later joined in the lock by Guildford Empress. The lengthsman came just before 1pm and told us we could go on to Guildford.

From Stoke Lock No 5 to Onslow Bridge arriving at 1:50 pm. The time taken was 50 minutes. 2.12 miles and 0 locks, averaging 2.54 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 89 hours 5 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 158 locks, averaging 2.9 lock/miles per hour.

Moored just below the bridge and went shopping in the town, including our weekly shop at Sainsbury's. The river is still running fairly fast. A cold dull day.

Saturday 18th April 1998

From Onslow Bridge to Godalming Town Bridge arriving at 12:20 am. The time taken was 2 hours 50 minutes. 4.62 miles and 4 locks, averaging 3.04 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 91 hours 55 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 162 locks, averaging 2.85 lock/miles per hour.

Passed several Guildford boats coming up river. Saw a deer above Mill Mead Lock. Just scraped under the low bridge as there is still a lot of water in the river. Moored at the wharf and walked round the town. Had lunch etc at the Kings Arms and Royal Hotel (Scampi 4.95, Gammon steak 5.95). A dry morning with some sun but showers in the afternoon.Mill Mead Lock No 4:  - 18th April 1998.
Mill Mead Lock No 4: - 18th April 1998.

Sunday 19th April 1998

From Godalming Town Bridge to High Bridge arriving at 1:40 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 25 minutes. 11.62 miles and 8 locks, averaging 4.44 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 96 hours 20 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 170 locks, averaging 2.8 lock/miles per hour.

Filled with water before setting off. Passed a lot of boats, including rowers and canoists. Stopped for a late lunch at the moorings by the bridge. A dry cloudy morning with a few sunny intervals but the rain started again at about 3pm.

Monday 20th April 1998

From High Bridge to Basingstoke Canal Junction arriving at 11:15 am. The time taken was 2 hours 15 minutes. 5.12 miles and 4 locks, averaging 4.05 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 98 hours 35 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 174 locks, averaging 2.78 lock/miles per hour.

Arrived at the Basingstoke canal but did not stop. Saw Zavala and later Louisa on the Wey. Saw two Jays.

River Wey to Basingstoke Canal

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From Basingstoke Canal Junction to Wheatsheaf Bridge, Woking arriving at 2:20 pm. The time taken was 3 hours 5 minutes. 3.87 miles and 6 locks, averaging 3.2 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 101 hours 40 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 180 locks, averaging 2.75 lock/miles per hour.

Came up the Woodend Flight and had lunch on the move. Stopped by Woking Town centre, on the moorings, and went shopping at Sainsbury's. Came back to the boat and phoned the canal centre to book through the locks tomorrow. A mainly dry day with sunshine in the afternoon.Wheatsheaf Bridge, Woking:  - 20th April 1998.
Wheatsheaf Bridge, Woking: - 20th April 1998.

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Tuesday 21st April 1998

From Wheatsheaf Bridge, Woking to Frimley Lock Bottom No 15 arriving at 12:25 am. The time taken was 3 hours 35 minutes. 4.75 miles and 9 locks, averaging 3.84 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 105 hours 15 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 189 locks, averaging 2.75 lock/miles per hour.

Started off at 8.25 to arrive at the Goldworth Bottom Lock at nine but we did not see a canal Ranger there as we had expected. When we got to Brookwood bottom lock we found that the top gates were padlocked so we had to wait inthe lock for 25 minutes for a Ranger to come and unlock the gate. Stopped for lunch in the Deepcut (Frimley or Pirbright) bottom lock.

From Frimley Lock Bottom No 15 to Frimley Green Bridge arriving at 5:25 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 35 minutes. 3.25 miles and 13 locks, averaging 3.55 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 109 hours 50 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 202 locks, averaging 2.75 lock/miles per hour.

Came up through the locks. Met a Ranger near the top, who didn't know we were coming. Stopped by some mooring posts just past the bridge and went to the King's Head for dinner (3 courses but the sweets and coffee free because they didn't have the lamb we ordered- 17.33 including 2 drinks).Arcadia II came along and moored as we were mooring and we spoke to them as we all came out of the Kings Head together. A mostly dry and cloudy day.

Wednesday 22nd April 1998

From Frimley Green Bridge to Aldershot, Main Road Bridge arriving at 12:50 am. The time taken was 2 hours 25 minutes. 5.87 miles and 1 locks, averaging 2.84 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 112 hours 15 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 203 locks, averaging 2.7 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped at the Canal Centre for water and pumpout (free) then went on through Ash Lock but had to stop at Wharf Bridge as the water level was too high for us to get under.

From Aldershot, Main Road Bridge to Ash Lock No 29 arriving at 2:30 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 40 minutes. 1.75 miles and 0 locks, averaging 1.05 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 113 hours 55 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 203 locks, averaging 2.66 lock/miles per hour.

Spent over an hour and a half backing the boat a mile back to the lock before we could turn it. Had lunch. The trip boat John Pinkerton arrived while we were having lunch and went through the lock before us.

From Ash Lock No 29 to Frimley Top Lock No 28 arriving at 5:35 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 25 minutes. 5.5 miles and 1 locks, averaging 2.69 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 116 hours 20 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 204 locks, averaging 2.61 lock/miles per hour.

Moored at the top lock ready to go down at 9am tomorrow. A mainly sunny and warm day with a heavy shower this evening.

Thursday 23rd April 1998

From Frimley Top Lock No 28 to Brookwood Top Lock No 14 arriving at 1:25 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 35 minutes. 3 miles and 14 locks, averaging 3.71 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 120 hours 55 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 218 locks, averaging 2.63 lock/miles per hour.

Came down the deepcut flight and went on to the top lock to moor for lunch.

From Brookwood Top Lock No 14 to Goldsworth Top Lock No 12 arriving at 3:20 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 20 minutes. 1.87 miles and 3 locks, averaging 3.65 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 122 hours 15 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 221 locks, averaging 2.63 lock/miles per hour.

Came down the three locks and on to moor at Kiln Bridge. Went to the Row Barge for a drink and to look at their evening menu but decided against it. A dull day with showers.

Friday 24th April 1998

From Goldsworth Top Lock No 12 to Wheatsheaf Bridge, Woking arriving at 11:30 am. The time taken was 2 hours 0 minutes. 1.75 miles and 5 locks, averaging 3.38 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 124 hours 15 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 226 locks, averaging 2.62 lock/miles per hour.

Came down through the locks. Met the two Rangers at the bottom lock. Filled with water (35 minutes) at the very shallow moorings near the pub. Stopped for lunch and shopping at Sainsbury's. Did an oil and filter change (3463 hours). A mostly dry day with some sunshine in the afternoon.

Saturday 25th April 1998

From Wheatsheaf Bridge, Woking to Woodham Junction arriving at 10:30 am. The time taken was 2 hours 30 minutes. 3.87 miles and 6 locks, averaging 3.95 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 126 hours 45 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 232 locks, averaging 2.62 lock/miles per hour.

Set off in heavy rain and came down the locks with Coronis, a long blue narrowboat. Did not stop at the junction.

Basingstoke Canal to River Wey

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From Woodham Junction to Town Lock No 15 arriving at 11:40 am. The time taken was 1 hour 10 minutes. 2.12 miles and 2 locks, averaging 3.53 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 127 hours 55 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 234 locks, averaging 2.61 lock/miles per hour.

Came through the two Wey locks with Coronis and moored above the lock. Went into town to collect the post, do a bit of shopping at Waitrose and we had lunch at the Queens Head (Chicken Supreme with mushrooms and Battered Cod about 13). Came back to the boat to sort out the bussiness bought by the mail. A wet start but a sunny afternoon.

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Sunday 26th April 1998

From Town Lock No 15 to Shepperton arriving at 10:25 am. The time taken was 50 minutes. 0.87 miles and 2 locks, averaging 3.44 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 128 hours 45 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 236 locks, averaging 2.61 lock/miles per hour.

Came down through the locks, paying 3 for a transit licence at Thames Lock and out on to the Thames.

River Wey to River Thames

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From Shepperton to Penton Hook Lock arriving at 11:45 am. The time taken was 1 hour 20 minutes. 4 miles and 2 locks, averaging 4.5 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 130 hours 5 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 238 locks, averaging 2.6 lock/miles per hour.

The river flowing fast as we came up through Shepperton and Chertsey locks to moor at Laleham Priory for lunch, etc. A day of sunshine and showers.

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Monday 27th April 1998

From Penton Hook Lock to Bell Weir Lock arriving at 11:30 am. The time taken was 2 hours 0 minutes. 2.87 miles and 1 locks, averaging 1.94 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 132 hours 5 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 239 locks, averaging 2.57 lock/miles per hour.

The lock keeper at Penton Hook warned us that the flow would probably be too great for us to get under Windsor Bridge and suggested we moor at Runnymeade. The red "caution strong stream" boards were out at both locks. Moored on the 24 hour mooring above the lock. Walked back into Staines and did some shopping (Beryl bought some clothes in M&S) and then had lunch at the Swan Hotel, on the river below the bridge, (Sausage & mash 4.65, Game pie - very good- 4.95). Got some shopping in Sainsburys and walked back to the boat. A sunny start to the day but showers in the afternoon. Stayed 3 nights waiting for the water to subside.

Thursday 30th April 1998

From Bell Weir Lock to Boveney Lock arriving at 12:20 am. The time taken was 2 hours 55 minutes. 8.25 miles and 3 locks, averaging 3.86 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 135 hours 0 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 242 locks, averaging 2.53 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped just below the lock for water (below the weir) then stopped for lunch on the moorings a little way past the lock.

From Boveney Lock to Maidenhead Railway Bridge arriving at 3:25 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 40 minutes. 4.37 miles and 2 locks, averaging 3.82 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 136 hours 40 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 244 locks, averaging 2.52 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped at Windsor Marina but they had no diesel so went on to Bray Marina. Two men helped us moor the boat but the flood channel swept the boat out and broke the mooring post. Filled with diesel (130.3 litres 36.47). Moored on the moorings just before the bridge and went to Sainsbury's for shopping. A dry day with some sunshine.

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