Another fine day and after a leisurely start, we turned onto the Leicester Arm and were soon queuing for the Watford Flight. ‘You are not deemed to be in the queue until you have signed in with the lock-keeper’, so says the blackboard, but from joining the queue to emerging from the top lock it still took about two hours. Not a problem, we were in no hurry, the weather was good and the scenery lovely.
The M1 motorway crosses over the canal just after the top lock and the railway line and the ancient Roman Watling Street run just out of sight alongside the canal. We stopped for lunch out of hearing of the M1 before moving on to Crick for water, through the Crick tunnel and an overnight mooring just before Yelvertoft.