Frank has given us the theme of Tower this week.
We didn’t come in contact with that many towers on our trips on the boat, but we did have to navigate two rather deep locks on the river, where the sides towered above us.
On our first trip up river to Stratford Upon Avon, locking up at Luddington I couldn’t reach the bow rope even with the boat hook as it was just too deep. I ended up on the ground at full stretch and was lucky not to fall in!
I know we were novices, but it didn’t help that another couple in a hire boat joined us inside, and she was a bit dippy! She dropped the windlass and expected it to float, but before doing that had managed to break the paddle on one of the gates. In her enthusiasm to fill the lock with water, she nearly sank us as the water was coming in too fast on our side and I was still trying to get up after finally reaching our own rope and trying to tie off! Scary stuff!!
Locking down is a lot easier and quicker as you’re starting high and letting the water out.
Pershore is actually the deepest lock on the river, but I never had a problem there!
Photos: approach and safely up at Pershore