Saturday, 21 June 2014

Nice piling but towpath still muddy at Braunston Locks

Just over three weeks ago we visited Braunston towards the end of our Easter cruise. It might be hard to imagine in the recent fine weather we've been enjoying, but back then it was rather damp. The towpath by the locks was as bad as I've known it: waterlogged and very muddy. Wellington boots was the order of the day.

The crew of the Yellow Peril used a system of hand signals as they descended the locks. Not sure what this is meant to signify.

I mentioned the state of the towpath to the lockie; he pointed out the piling works being undertaken by CRT.

Nice new piling, then, but what a lot of mud, horrible mud.

To be fair, I know that there's quite a bit of water which seeps onto the towpath from the higher ground, but the piling will prevent it from discharging into the canal. Unless CRT have thought of that and are addressing that issue. I expect we'll find out the next time we go that way.

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