10 locks in two staircases of five, all neatly maintained and in a lovely setting. After waiting our turn for about an hour and a half, we shot up the ten locks in forty minutes. Rick came along to join in the fun and we had unexpected extra help in the form of a little Australian boy gongoozling with his mum and sister. We encouraged him to help us with the gates and you'd think all his birthdays had come at once. He was tearing from lock to lock, pushing and pulling and grinning from ear to ear.
Driving the boat into through the staircase is easy. Once you are in, you just move forward into the next chamber everytime the gate opens, no real need to steer, as the boat is held snug in the chambers.
The gates in front do look alarmingly high though.
I can't think of another flight of locks that are nearly such fun to do, and they are all light and easy to operate. The staircase system of using side ponds to empty and fill locks takes a bit of getting your head round, but here they make it easy with the coloured paddle ratchet posts. "Red before white and you'll be alright".
After all that excitement we tootled on to Welford where we are spending the night in the cosy little canal basin. Here I did a maintenance job that I have been putting off for well over a year because I have been quite scared of attempting it. But I'll tell you all about that another day in case you get over excited right now.