The Canal In Spring

18 April, 2016

We are well on our way in our 2016 season and the weather has been reasonably kind to us with plenty of sunshine, showers and the odd hail storm and frost at night. All our guests have enjoyed sitting out at the front of the boat watching the scenery and wildlife as well as the peace and tranquility of the Grand Union Canal.

Grand Union in Spring

Spring on the GUC

We left Warwick with a family of 2 adults and 2 children who loved helping with the locks, especially Daisy, a 9 year old who did not want any help and slept well at the end of each day.

They left us at Braunston where our next guests arrived to make a short trip to Stoke Bruerne. We had an early start to go through the Braunston tunnel and Canal & River Trust chaps were waiting for us to allow us to enter the tunnel.   Being a wide beam we have to book.  Our guests commented how narrow the tunnel was and what a good bit of steering from Gordon not to hit the sides.

They enjoyed a visit to the Heart of the Shires shopping centre before we continued our journey.

Boat with a difference

Container boat

Our next guests joined us at the delightful village of Stoke Bruerne, home to the canal  museum which is well worth a visit. Not far after leaving we passed a very unusual looking vessel. Take a look at the picture and see what you think. It is home to someone!!!

This trip passed the Virtual Orchard Cider Press, a small business, pressing apples for cider and apple brandy where our guests enjoyed sampling the cider and also bought some. They also visited G-Dad antiques and came away with something from there as well. We then continued our journey around Milton Keynes to Linslade, where they left us.

Dinosaur next to the Grand Union

Dinosaur at Kings Langley

New guests then arrived and we set off for Berkhamsted. We came up my favourite locks at Marsworth, set in beautiful countryside. Our guests visited College Lake Wildlife Centre at Bulbourne before we transited the Tring summit. We are pleased to say that the Kingfishers were present and I managed to get a photo for the second year running. We even saw one dive for a fish and fly off with it in its grasp. I was not quick enough that time to get a photo!

Our next trip was down to Little Venice, the hub of the canal in London. We had beautiful weather for 3 days but then the rain came.  Luckily we had done all the locks before it came. Our guests commented on the peace and tranquillity of the canals and said how lovely it was.  We passed a dinosaur, a hanging monkey and a crocodile on our approach to London. Not many people can say that!

All our guests have enjoyed helping with the locks and have left us great comments at the end of their stay.

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