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Hi I am Jo…wife, lover, best friend and soulmate to Keith. Lover of all things to do with nature and the canals. I am passionate about the Waterways and its history.

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Monday, 18 March 2013

Cassiobury Park to Denham Deep Lock.

Map picture

Travelled 9.1 miles, worked 10 locks in a time of 5 hours.


After a very peaceful nights sleep, we were awake early and then up by 8 am. By 8.50 am we were ready for the off on what was a misty morning.


The thing I most love about the Grand Union Canal is the width and depth. Hadar was loving the deeper water under her hull.


Ironbridge Lock as a pair of nice new top gates.


The safety catch has been fitted with an arm so you cannot leave it off when winding the paddle. I wonder if they will all be fitted with these in future? I think it is a great idea.


Have car will travel.


At Batchworth Lock we met a fellow Facebooker Steve Jay and his partner, they were filling their water tank below the lock. It was a brief meeting with Steve, perhaps next time our paths cross we will have time to have a good chat.


We stopped off at Tesco for a few bits and pieces, before moving off towards Stokers Lock.


Below the lock is Stokers Farm where Black Beauty was filmed back in the day.


Above Copper Mill Lock is Pisces home mooring at HNA. Pisces was the boat started his narrow boat journey at the tender age if 15 years of age and he has not looked back since.


The Millstream below the lock was running quite fiercely due to the rain we had yesterday, but we had no problem getting past it since fitting our new prop.


Strange looking boat.


Black Jacks Lock.


The sky was looking menacing over Harefield Marina and with the time getting on, we decided we would pull in above Denham Deep Lock, just as we did so there was a huge clap of thunder and the rain began falling, so a wise decision.



  1. Hello Jo,

    I have enjoyed catching up with the details of your return south. The orange boat that caught your eye is an escapee from a North Sea platform, in more ways than one. They are designed to drop straight down into the sea. A one way rollercoaster.




  2. Hi Jo,
    I've seen some daft things attached to boats... but a VW, what are they thinking??
    Never laughed so much for ages.

  3. Perry.

    Thank you for that. It is as I thought, but nice to have it confirmed.


    I also had a giggle. I am not sure how it is secured to the boat, but it is not something you see everyday lol.


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