MONDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER 2009
Fifteen miles to Foxton Locks, about five hours cruising today. The first thing we saw as we left our overnight mooring, was the huge excavations for a new marina at Yelvertoft. Very attractive location I am sure, but considering that this new marina is situated between the bottlenecks of the Watford and the Foxton Flights, one will not be going very far if just out for the weekend.
Only the junction with the Welford Arm and the Husbands Bosworth tunnel lay between us and Foxton Flight and as both Ann & Brian love Jazz, I set up our little MP3 player and speakers on the rear deck and we jigged up and down to the beat of the music most of the way. We stopped for brunch on the way and eventually moored up just before the Foxton Staircase in time to enjoy the delicious ice-creams sold from the shop at the top lock.
We wandered down the flight enjoying our ice-creams and back up and around the site of the Inclined Plane Boat Lift. We had visited the site, this time last year, but Ann and Brian marvelled at how much the area had improved since their last visit. It will be amazing if the Foxton Inclined Plane Trust does ever manage to fully restore to working order the Lift. It would certainly match the Anderton Lift and the Falkirk Wheel as a major tourist attraction, fingers crossed, but I don’t expect it will happen in our boating lifetime.
We spent the beautiful evening bird spotting and talking to charming towpath walkers and petting their dogs.