Thursday, 5 February 2015

Lock inspection.

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The six locks at Braunston have been closed for repairs since January, so i went up to look at the progress. Between locks there is quite a quantity of soft mud and stones at the edges. A deeper channel runs through the centre where boat propellers churn it up as they pass through.The two little culverts running under the lane are nicely formed from red brick to allow a stream to flow into the canal. near the top I found C&RT men were refilling the pounds in order to move their work boats and secure them overnight.

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As you can see narrow-boat ‘The Buffer’s Lady’ had been stranded high and dry on the mud bank. Luckily it was left fairly level! I noticed that there were three boats moored above the top lock too. I thinks some of the repairs have carried out on the lock gates, and the brickwork on the lock and wing walls.

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It was amazing to hear all the ‘ice burghs’ clattering together as the water came gushing down through the pounds. It was bitterly cold in the wind, so I quickly made my way back to Oakfield to thaw out with a warm drink.

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