… well, it was supposed to be but the shower shelf broke so I popped over to Homebase to purchase a new one before we finally set off just before 9.
I thought that 1874 was about the oldest coping stone I’d seen but a couple of locks later I saw one dated 1842 - amazing!
Passing The Paper Mill public house and Frogmore Paper Mill which is the worlds oldest mechanised paper mill.'At the end of the 16th century, the poor state of the roads made land transport slow, unreliable and expensive and, in the case of bulky goods such as coal, near impossible. The building of the canals solved the problem bringing great benefit to commerce.
' "Rags make paper, paper makes money, money makes banks, banks make loans, loans make beggars, beggars make rags. - Anon. English 19th C. “ '
A modern equivalent of a turnover bridge taking the towpath from one side of the canal to the other.
The bridge is held in place by these stanchions situated on either side close to the ends of the bridge.
A tight fit!
The Willow trees are looking magnificent as we approach Nash Mills
It seems to be taking a long time to get these apartments finished
(an interesting article here)
What looks like two old working boats Bodmin and Banstead but the buttyboat Bodmin is apparently a recently built Reeves shell
Another sign that spring has definitely sprung!
Work going on under what I think is the M
40 25[thanks Adam] motorway, scary or what? I know where I’d rather be, and it’s not up there!
North Grove Lock and there must be a boat in front of us somewhere leaving the bottom gates open as they leave the locks - a bit of a nuisance!
We stopped to eat lunch at Hunton Bridge and decided to carry on as the day was warm and there was no wind at all, not like the forecast for the weekend! Brand new top gates at Hunton Bridge top lock look very smart, it’s good to see the design in such clear detail.
The pretty Grove Bridge at what looks like an impossible angle and the unusual rope guard which, in time gone by, prevented the towing ropes from damaging the bridge walls
That’s bridge 163 seen from inside Lady Capel’s Lock, it's a turnover bridge and as you can see it’s set at a 90-degree angle to me!
Some beautifully positioned properties in this area
Approaching that bridge
… I’ve never noticed this metal support under the bridge before.
… and looking back
The Grove Bridge commissioned by the Earl of Clarendon when the canal was built.
It worries me a little passing the golf course when players are close to the water
And we have to have a picture of the Grove Mill buildings
Dramatic against the sky!
15:15 and we’re moored up at Cassiobury
It’s been another great cruising day, much longer than we’ve been used to lately. We’ve done 6 miles and 11 locks.