Since becoming Liveaboards in 2014, we have only had a licence for the River Avon, having done the full trip to Stratford four times in total though we have been out on the river for a few nights away as well.
The river locks are all doubles, so you can get two narrow boats side by side in each, or one widebeam such as the commercial floating restaurant boats which travel from Stratford to Luddington in the evening during the season.
Last year, we were in the company of a hen party aboard a widebeam here as well as the restaurant boat, so available space was highly sought after.
Locks on the Stratford Canal are all narrow, so it is most fortunate that our boat is only 6’10” wide. However, when you take into account that some of the bridges and locks are just seven feet, that only gives us an inch either side to spare.
Add to that the fact that the canals themselves aren’t much wider, I found myself breathing in and praying nothing was coming the other way an awful lot over the next couple of days.
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