WEDNESDAY 24TH JUNE 2009
Another early start, but with such beautiful weather, it would be a sin not to get out onto the deck and appreciate it. The remainder of the Aylesbury Arm and the eleven locks that we had to travel, looked just as good going back as it did on the way down, the views were super.
As soon as we turned back onto the Grand Union at Marsworth we stopped for water and it was here that until the 1970’s BW made concrete piles, in fact at one of the locks in the Hemel Hempstead area, an elderly lady leaning over the gate of a lock keepers house, told me that she had worked the canals all of her life, and although almost all commercial traffic finished after the 1963 freeze up, she carried on transporting these concrete sections all over the canal network until BW stopped producing them.
The roof boxes are now looking their best and all the time passers by were complementing them, one American lady commented “Awesome”, so I have included a couple of pictures for your appreciation. After a total of 15 locks we had been going for six hours so we called it a day half way between locks 34 and 35 in a beautiful spot on a bend in the canal and raised the TV aerial.