Our overnight mooring was right outside Waitrose opposite a lovely park. The little River Bulborne which flows alongside the canal here was once a thriving watercress bed. As we left Berkhamsted the Smithy was already at work at his forge on his little Butty attached to his narrow boat. He creates all kinds of wrought iron work and has a selection of planters and barbeques made from old gas bottles for sale.
The lock gates below the town needed a BW key to allow you to operate them. The lock is just visible at the top of the post. Another device with a chain and padlock was on the gate paddles, although these were all missing. This is the first time that we have encountered them on our travels so far. This very attractive house (above) was probably once part of old warehouse buildings on the wharf.
The Three Horseshoes pub has stood at Winkwell since 1535.
This Heron was almost tame and didn’t move while we passed through Winkwell bottom lock!