Monday, 10 March 2014

Audlem Locks.

We reached the top of Audlem Locks and were met by Dennis, one of C&RT's volunteers. He came all the way down the locks with us, going on ahead and setting the locks while Jill and I worked the boat through. We did the first eleven locks in an hour and a half thanks to his help.

The bywashes still have plenty of water coming down, makes for some gripping steering in the short pounds.

An interesting building alongside one of the locks, it's supposedly old stabling for the boat horses but it's on the offside of the lock. How did the horses get across to the towpath? Was there once a moveable bridge across the lock? A thought provoking conundrum.
We have moored on the pound below lock eleven.

Not exactly busy at the moment, that's the Armadillo on the right.
May try the the refurbished Shroppie Fly tomorrow.

Watch this space..........


Geoff and Mags said...

Hi Graham
The general consensus is that is was a blacksmiths and carpenters workshop. Or so I'm told...

Graham and Jill Findlay said...

Thanks for the info. Seems the most likely explanation.
Hope you are enjoying the Ashby, one of our favourite canals.