SUNDAY 7TH TO TUESDAY 9TH JUNE 2009
Harefield Marina, delightfully situated on the lake, provided us with a pumpout service before we moved on through eight well spaced locks to arrive at Croxley, passing on the way Batchworth lock. There are two locks here, the one to the left allows entry to the River Chess, a chalk river from the Chilterns.
This is also the base for the Rickmansworth Waterways Trust, who organizes the annual Rickmansworth Festival, runs a trip boat and educational visits. There is also a mini working model of a loop of canal with a lock. They have, over the years, been instrumental in turning the Batchworth Lock area into a very attractive location from near dereliction.
The purpose for stopping at Croxley was that the Metropolitan Tube station was only five minutes footpath walk from lock 170 and as we both needed to pop into London over the next couple of days, it was most convenient.