There's been a lot of maintenance and repair work carried out on the locks on 'heart-break hill' over the last few years and the locks are much easier to work than they used to be. One of the pair of locks just passed Red Bull service centre is currently being fully refurbished.
The canal passes through beautiful farmland and there are cherry and apple trees in full blossom everywhere.
We moored at Rode Heath early this afternoon and spent the rest of the afternoon fishing (over 40, mostly gudgeon) and reading. A pair of swans have built their nest right in the winding hole which made it a bit tricky for us to turn round ready for the return trip on Monday.
It's now thundering and has gone very muggy, looks like we're going to have a storm this evening. We certainly need the rain, the ground on Rode Heath Rise is so dry it's crazed and cracking.