Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Cuttle to Stockton Top marina

It poured with rain in the night but although it was cool and damp first thing the rain held off all day, though it remained a lot cooler than it has been recently. We moored briefly at Cuttle Bridge for a trip to the Co-op in Long Itchington before setting off up Stockton Locks.

There are certainly some interesting craft around!

unusual craft at Cuttle

We paired up with Lord Portal (owned by the RAF) to go up the locks. It was slow progress as there were boats ahead of us but with 5 crew between us we made light work of it. Here are the boats entering the top lock.

entering stockton top lock

We have a temporary mooring at Stockton Top marina for two or three weeks. We had to reverse into the berth but luckily Dave had had all that practice coming out of Ashwood, so we slid smoothly in with no trouble in spite of the breeze. Here is one of our neighbours - the Stealth Boat!

stealth at stockton top 2

After lunch Dave travelled back to Ashwood marina by taxi and train to pick up the car while Debby got on with the cleaning. This evening we walked up to the Boat for a meal, only to discover it had closed – that makes the fourth closed pub this trip. So we drove down to the Blue Lias instead, a family-oriented pub we have not visited before.

10 locks

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