Marsworth to Batchworth

October 2008

In Marsworth Locks.

We had to back off for a boat coming down.

Approaching the top lock we encountered a second oncoming boat...

... who wisely kept well to the side as the passed through breasted up.

Approaching the top lock.

But we couldn't get in. There was somthing behind the gate. Henry probes as Sheena looks on.

We couldn't shift it, so we singled out to get into the lock.

The attractive lock house, seen across the disused sidepond. Angel's cabin block has been likened to a flat screen TV!

Preparing to leave the lock. The Wendover Arm goes off to the right.

We didn't have time to explore the Wendover Arm.

Passing the wooden boats at Jem Bates' yard.

Steerer's eye view of a butty on cross straps.

Henry captures the scene.

The Bulbourne maintenance yard, now occupied by an artistic metalworker.

An increasingly uncommon sight - a wooden cruiser.

Anna and Nina wait to be picked up, having come by train to Tring Station.

We passed a numebr of other pairs of working boats on this trip. Here are Cyprus and Cedar.

Lock cottage at Dudswell.

Henry chats to Sheena.

Approaching Lock 50.

Henry steers out of the lock.

Angel, Fulbourne, Anna, Nina and Henry.

Precision steering!

Singling out. Henry attaches the cross straps.

And they're away...

... leaving a single gate open for the oncoming boat.

Sheena steering.

Passing through the park.

Nina and Anna.

Henry and Anna on the stern, Rosie on the cabin roof, Nina on the cross planks...

... and Sheena.

Casting off the tow.

Leaving the next lock breasted up, we have to contend with a wide boat.

A purposeful tug at Berkhamstead.

We tied up for some liquid refreshment at The Rising Sun. Anna, Henry, Nina, Clare, Sophia, Sheena and Bob.

Suitably refreshed, we set off again to pass through the lock in front of the pub.

"Fulbourne on the Bulbourne"
The River Bulbourne enters the canal behind Henry.

Somebody's been having a party!

The site on the offside has been cleared for redevelopment. Some of what used to stand here seems to now be in the canal - we went hard aground here.

An unusual figurehead for Heather Bel.

Sophia and Clare.

Sheena, caught in midair.

Rosie takes it all in her stride.



We tied up for the night above Winkwell Lock. Next morning is a little misty as we prepare to depart.

Winkwell swing bridge.

A rather shorter butty breasted up to its motor!

We hope so...

We single out for the narrow but picturesque bridge 154 at Apsley.

Sheena attacks overhanging branches...

... with the loppers.

Untypical sluices at Nash Mills.

And some unusual wildlife at Kings Langley.

Looking back at Lock 71.

The overhanging branches completely span the towpath.

We meet another Large Woolwich - Belfast, run by the Dacorum Narrowboat Project.

And pass a bit further from this notice next time please!

Approaching Lock 73.

Sheena having another go at the overhanging branches.

In Cassiobury Park. We can see turnover bridge 163 across the park. There are several sharp turns on this section, some with bridges immediately beyond, which makes it interesting steering a breasted-up pair.

On the bend...

... and now pointing in the right direction for the bridge...

... and passing through. Meanwhile an oncoming boat has drifted across the canal while waiting for us to pass.

Approaching the ornamental Grove Bridge.

Sheena attacks more vegetation - from Fulbourne this time...

... and attempts to enhance Fulbourne's wartime livery by adding camouflage!

Another right angle bend with a bridge immediately beyond it.

More unexpected wildlife at Lock 76

Lot Mead Lock.

We arrived at Batchworth at dusk. By the time we had tied up below the lock it was dark. Angel is moored up on the outside so that Sheena could move her the following day to her new mooring on the River Chess.

Angel's winter mooring, tucked away up the Chess, and only accessible by a pull-along raft.

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Marsworth to Batchworth
Pair-boating with Fulbourne and Angel

October 2008

Fulbourne and Angel are both Large Woolwich narrow boats. They are known to have worked together in 1952-53. The boats were reunited in June 2008 at the Braunston Historic Boat Gathering, when Fulbourne towed Angel up to Braunston Tunnel to be legged through. There is a report on the trip here.

Over two weekends in October, Fulbourne towed Angel from Stoke Bruerne to Batchworth. These pages show the second weekend from Marsworth south.

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