Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Thursday 29 September 2016

Not a great night’s sleep for me as the wind was blowing the boat backwards and forwards and all the ropes were creaking!

We woke up to sound of torrential rain this morning but I'm pleased to say that by the time we were up and about it had stopped.  

Four more locks then the Saddington Tunnel and on our way to Foxton Staircase Locks.  Steve and I did this once with Steve’s dad seven years ago – it was raining that day but I’m pleased to say that today it was nice and sunny.

I walked up the flight to book our passage with the lock keeper who said we would have about a 50 minute wait as two boats were making their way down the staircase. 

We grabbed a quick bite to eat and off we went.  We had memories of the staircase taking about 1.5 hours but with Lou, me and the  for the first few locks we made it to the top in just under an hour.

The view behind as you climb the staircase is amazing.  It’s not too busy today with spectators – the lock keeper told us that on Bank Holiday Monday they had 3,000 visitors to the staircase!

Once through the top we carried on through Husbands Bosworth Tunnel and found a nice spot to moor near a village called Yelvertoft. 

Funny how spooky somewhere can seem by night - yet in the morning...!

These tipee party tents seem to be popping up everywhere.

Into Saddington Tunnel - 880 yards.

And out the other end.

We're nearly there.

Can you still say that after two years?  It still feels like a new day and new life!

The staircase is hidden from view in the basin at bottom. 

In the first lock.

Third lock up.

That's the pound half way up.
Nearly there - look at that view!

And in the top lock.

New look?? 

Through Husbands Bosworth Tunnel 1166 yards.


Even the empty fields look good under a blue sky.

Must be time to stop - the sun is going down.

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