One reason for the canals' current water supply problems is the poor state of some of the lock gates. This was on the Watford Staircase last June.
A boat was almost submerged by the torrent of water gushing through from the lock above. See where the steerer is standing! I wrote about what happened here. The gates were due to be replaced later in the season.
Of course, the biggest problem is the current drought. I fear the rain we had a couple of days ago will soon be a distant memory.
Walkies again - This weekend my Ramblers group offered another suitable walk - actually on the short side, at six miles, but with some interesting terrain (and lots of mud...
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