Locks, leaf-soup, and little room for manoeuvre #narrowboat #England

Ian is in a leafy part of Canalworld 😎

The Diesel-Electric Elephant Company.

After leaving the bright lights of moorings in Market Drayton the Cardinal and I mooched through a somewhat narrow cutting and up through five more locks in a row. The start of the day was very quiet indeed, with no people, no dog-emptiers, no other boats moving. However, by the time I’d worked up to the top lock I had two other boats nibbling at my heels a couple of locks back and in the combined lock landing and winding hole and service area of Tyrley we were suddenly one of six narrowboats, all doing different things and wanting to move in different directions. Twas fun!

The short stretch of uber-narrow canal (not sufficient room for two boats to pass, should they meet…) was a mere taster of what is yet to come. There’s about a mile or more of narrower and more weird up just around the bend from…

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