The Cruise of the Dondevoy

    


Today I am supposed to be in Stratford, but it looks as though I am not going to make it; apart from the thirty-six locks on the Southern section of the Stratford Canal, there are five broad gauge locks at Knowle on the Grand Union, not to mention the last lock in the flight where I moored.

And so it was. The countryside slowly reappeared as I left Birmingham, amid the bricked up remains of old arms and wharves, and after a short tunnel I came to Knowle Locks, which took me some time to get through as they were all set against me. Then came another long pound until Kingswood Junction where a short arm containing one lock leads from the Grand Union to a large basin in the middle of the Lapworth flight on the Stratford Canal.

Here I had to pay one pound fifty for one week's cruising, as the Southern Stratford canal belongs to the National Trust. One of the locks had no balance beam on the lower gate, as for some reason it had been sawn off. I eventually moored in Preston Bagot locks, well after dark.


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