Under the bridge at the entrance to the bottom lock there is a weird little stone doorway. If you are nimble enough you can nip on or off your boat through it. There is usually a lock keeper here to guide you through the three locks, rising 30’ 2” as you do so.
There were rings and a sign saying “Bratch Long Term Moorings permit holders only”. As there were no boats in sight and it was a lovely open sunspot, we tied up there.Why are these empty moorings not turned over to visitor moorings now? They are not suitable for long term moorings anyway as there are no facilities adjoining it! Next day we walked to the cafe in the old disused railway station for a brilliant brunch. It was pretty busy with passing walkers, cyclists and people arriving in cars. I just couldn’t resist taking a couple more shots of the dear little octagonal lock keepers retreat on our return.