Grand Union Canal - Leighton Buzzard to Aylesbury
13-14 June 2003
Eight bellringers (with a ninth on Sunday), inspired by our successful
day out on the canal last year, took a boat from
Wyvern Shipping in
Linslade near Leighton Buzzard south down the mainline of the Grand Union Canal
to Marsworth and then down the Aylesbury Arm to its eponymous terminus.
Our boat, Splendid, on a beautiful Friday evening with Sheila at the
tiller and Alan at the bow.
Jane guarding the bridge over the tail of Horton Lock. These double-arched
bridges are a common sight on this part of the Grand Union canal, the Grand
Junction Canal Company originally envisaging that the locks would be paired, an
investment which was only carried out for the Stoke Bruerne locks.
Splendid approaches the lock
...and Lucy sees it safely in
Helen and Mary waiting for the lock to fill
On Saturday morning, under more blue skies, a coffee stop at Marsworth Junction,
with the British Waterways office and maintenance depot behind
Splendid in the lower of the two staircase locks as we start the descent
After lunch, with the temperatures in the high twenties, Alan lifts the paddle as Merry and Jane look on
Jane opens the gate with a minimum of effort
Mary and Jane watch as Splendid approaches the lock
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