The Cruise of the Dondevoy

    


Luckily I had arranged with Sarah to meet on the Thursday instead of the Wednesday if I was late, so I continued, passing the spectacular Edstone Aqueduct. Shortly afterwards I was stopped by some people on a boat who told me that Sarah was just half an hour down the canal, and might be visiting Mary Arden's Cottage. I did not see her, however, and continued to the Old Stratford flight[1] where we had arranged to meet in the first place.

I stopped at the top lock of the flight and walked back, to have a look in Mary Arden's cottage. I found Sarah's name in the visitor's book, and was told I had missed her by about an hour. I continued down the flight, except for the last three locks, and waited.

After only an hour, Sarah appeared. She had gone back down to Stratford and had started walking up the canal again. Together, we worked our way up the entire flight again, and chose a mooring site by a field where Sarah could pitch her tent. This done, we spent the rest of the evening in the local pub, The Mason's Arms.


[1] What I described as the "Old Stratford" flight of locks is I believe more correctly called the Wilmcote Flight.


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