After an extremely stormy night we woke to a much brighter day, though still with a lively wind. We set off past Waterhall Park and down to Willowbridge Marina to pump out. There was another boat at the waterpoint/pumpout at the marina so we settled to a cup of tea and our books and it was a bit of a disruption when they knocked on the boat to say that we could move along!
It was getting towards lunch time by the time we set off in earnest towards Stoke
Hammond lock and then the three Soulbury Locks. We took turns to eat lunch as we went along. By the time we got to the Soulbury three it was really cold and damp and quite miserable. As there were no other boats moving along the canal at least we could go through the locks as quickly as possible setting the one ahead as the boat rose in the lock below. We approached the Globe and tossed up whether we would moor there for the evening or go on through Leighton Lock and go to the Shan Shui Cottage in town. The Chinese restaurant won and we moored up just past Leighton Lock as darkness fell.
There was time for us to walk along to Tesco to stock up the larder and then we went back along the tow path to the Golden Bell, opposite All Saints Church. The church has a magnificent 190ft spire which looks quite magical lit up in the evening. The Golden Bell was built in the 12th Century for the Stonemasons who then went on to build the church in the 13th century. The pub was full and very noisy so we left quite quickly to go round to the Shan Shui. We had eaten there twice before, most recently in April 09, and the meals had been excellent. Since then they had introduced an “eat all you can” menu and the food had deteriorated so we were rather disappointed, making a mental note to never eat anywhere that has eat all you can. Should have gone to the Globe!
Today we did 7.24 Miles 5 Locks and 1 Swing Bridge
Statistics so far:-
2115.18 Miles, 1158 Locks, 119 Swing Bridges, 82 Lift Bridges, 36 Tunnels