WEDNESDAY 3RD JUNE 2009
Another fine day as we headed through the mainly residential areas of Northolt and Southall, but occasionally our nostrils were assailed by the, not too unpleasant smell of curry being cooked on an industrial scale.
We continued on to Balls Bridge Junction, where the Paddington Arm joins the Grand Union Canal and as we were in no hurry we turned left towards Brentford. Since leaving Camden there had been no locks, but very soon we approached the first of the Hanwell flight of eight locks, which dropped us down nearly seventy feet. The water was still incredible clear, with even more rubbish swirling about in our wake, mostly plastic carrier bags, and eventually we had to stop and remove the weed hatch to clear the prop. Just below the last lock, there was easy access to the Fox pub, which reminded me of the Queen Vic in Albert Square, Which I should explain is the fictional pub in the TV soap ‘East Enders’ and here we stayed the night, but not in the pub!!!