Flipping freezing when we left Barnton this morning, hats and gloves were in addition to coats.
A short cruise to Saltisford Lock where Ian the keeper locks us through, we are out in the countryside proper now, cruising through a quiet green valley. The only humans around are in a touring caravan park on the south bank and at Acton swing bridge where there is a waterside (two for one meals) pub and unusually for the Weaver a few waterside residences.
Just before Dutton lock there is a derelict boat that has been slowly breaking up since 1993, (no money left in the kitty to remove it). The lock keeper informs us there is a 70 strong canoe race taking place in the next reach, canoes I don't mind, at least they are looking where they are going unlike rowers. We moor before the racing crews arrive at Devils Garden, a nice isolated spot.
|Semaphore signals controlled access to locks in the past.|
|Saltisford lock could probably lift/lower 15 FL's in one go.|
|22 year old wreck.|
|Exiting Dutton lock, Dutton viaduct carrying the West Coast Main Line in the background.|
|Devils Garden mooring.|