... feminist, atheist, autistic academic and historic narrowboater ...
Likes snooker, beer, tea, rivets and solitude, and is strangely fascinated by the cinema organ.
And there might be something about railways.

Wednesday 27 July 2016

Day 4, Buckby Bottom to Cosgrove, 8 1/2 hours.

We had planned to continue on to Wolverton tonight but as we approached Cosgrove lock we saw Adam on Briar Rose, closely followed by some nice looking moorings, so we decided to stop here after all. Should have no problem getting back on schedule tomorrow... if that's not famous last words. Only day four and it already feels like I've been doing this forever.

Stand out incident of the day... I stopped and waited for a boat to come through a bridgehole and narrows. And waited. And waited, desperately trying to stay in place out of the way and away from the shallow water. As he *finally* came by I said, nicely, 'it would have been really helpful if you'd gone a bit faster there' to which his reply was a somewhat perplexing 'no, sorry, I'm not going to do that.' Not going to be helpful?

I am making a point of saying 'boooo!' every time we see a widebeam. I believe I will have my work cut out in that department from here on. I will probably stop at Berkhamsted, as it is only north of there that they are not, historically speaking, meant to be because the canal simply is not suitable for them.


  1. Hi Sarah. I just to write a note. I saw you this morning as you overtook a hire boat just after bridge 75. I shouted that I had heard a lot about Chertsey and that I read you blog. I think you though I was shouting that you were going too fast ��

    Linda Gifford-Hull
    NB Mary H


    1. Hi Linda, I remember! Yes, sorry about that, we'd asked to pass them and they waved us by but then seemed to speed up and by then we were pretty much committed. I hope it didn't disturb anyone too much. I've tried really hard to slow down for moored boats this trip and up til then had seemed quite successful!

  2. Such a shame you'll be passing through Brentford while we'll probably be away ;-(

    If stopping overnight, we'd have bought you a pint in the Magpie & Crown - Rocky friendly ;-)

  3. Interesting...there has been a 20% increase in the number of widebeams moored in MK over the last 12 months.