The first few locks are still quite rural looking, several having been planted with cowslips.
Further up the flight industry starts to encroach on the canal but I was amazed that there was absolutely no litter either on the towpath or in the water.
I've never seen coot chicks before. They're quite ugly really.
This stone was built into the side of Lock 15. I wonder how many boats have passed through the lock since 1861.
The locks might have been fairly easy but I was still glad when we got to the top. It took us 3 hours 12 minutes and we only saw 4 boats coming down. We would have done it dead on 3 hours but were stuck at one lock for 12 minutes waiting for a BW hopper and tug to come down 2 locks. They're dredging the flight at the moment and the mud they're dredging up is horrible, very black and greasy looking.
|lock cottages beside lock 1|