The first locks of the day for us were the delightful Bratch Locks. These look like a staircase and are operated in a similar fashion with three boats traversing in one direction followed by three going the other way. But each lock has its own top and bottom gates and there are pounds between the locks; it's only that the intermediate pounds are to one side of the flight with a very short section between the locks. Paddles have to be raised in the right order to avoid flooding.
Our neighbours last night were Jill and Rob on Chrissie. We invited them over for coffee at the bottom of the Bratch; we saw them again at Swindon but they had to continue to Greensforge for water.
Tomorrow should see us on the Stourbridge Canal.
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