Our friends Phil and Claire (who also live on a boat at our old moorings at the Lazy Otter) came to spend the weekend with us. We had a lovely time exploring the River Stort – unchartered territory for all of us. Again the weather was on our side, it could have been a little warmer and a little less breezy, but we are certainly not complaining!We started at Roydon and headed towards Bishops Stortford. We could have made it all the way but we were aware that we had to do the same time again on Sunday to get back so we stopped just two locks short of the town centre at Spellbrook Lock where we had dinner at The Three Horseshoes in Little Hallingbury.
Another pretty stretch of river with a few heavy locks but with double the crew locking was made easy. We travelled through Roydon, Hunsdon Mill, Parndon Mill, Burnt Mill, Latton, Harlow, Feakes, Sheering Mill, Sawbridgeworth, Tednambury and Spellbrook Locks each way – we overshot the turning point just before Spellbrook Lock so went through then had to reverse back – our first ever lock backwards!!We (Steve!) managed to leave one of our CRT keys in the padlock at the water point at Harlow Lock but we didn’t realise until we needed it for the electric lock at Parndon Mill by which time it was too late to go back for it. Thankfully Roydon lock has a small chandlery so we were able to buy a new one, as well as an ice cream for Phil and I!
We saw Tim and Ann again on Willow – we must stop meeting like this!
All in all a lovely weekend spent with great friends.
|Beautiful countryside with only one house in sight.|
|Hunsdon Mill Lock|
|At Parndon Mill Lock|
|The climbing wall near Burnt Mill Lock.|
|The other side of the climbing wall and the canoe centre.|
|Lunch on the towpath at Feakes Lock.|
|Glad you both got the memo about blue T'shirts!|
|Sawbridgeworth Lock - the bottom of these houses are underground!|
|My Nanny Mills!|
|The cottages at Spellbrook Lock.|
|Reversing back through Spellbrook Lock.|
|The Three Horseshoes, Little Hallingbury - Steve only sent one course back!|
|Near Sheering Mill Lock.|
|The Cottage at Sheering Mill Lock (Don't seem to be able to enlarge this photo!).|
|Back through Feakes Lock - where we stopped for lunch yesterday.|
|We know you are living there - you can't hide from the CRT!|
|Parndon Mill again.|
|More beautiful countryside.|
|Arriving back at Roydon.|