Saturday 17th September, 2016 at Maesbury Marsh.
We awoke to a beautiful day with lovely clarity of light. An adventure lay ahead today as we have booked passage down the locks at Frankton Junction on to the Montgomery Canal.
We set off after breakfast for the short cruise to the junction, where we turned on to the Montgomery.
The lock-keeper arrived at about 11:30 and, with five boat crews waiting to go down and four waiting to come up, he had lots of help.
The Canal is very rural, with virtually no houses, and no towns or villages along the navigable six and a half miles. In the middle of the canal are the three Aston Locks, which are very remote but very pretty.
Beyond that, the canal is still there but it is very overgrown and virtually dry. The plan is to complete this section together with a winding hole at Bridge 85, which will open up another mile and a half to navigation. There is an awful lot of work to do to get the next section open. That is the canal on the right, under all the vegetation!
By the time we got back to MM, it was getting dark and we had an early night. Tomorrow, we have decided to do an early start as the weather is forecast to be clear and we want to be at the front of the queue for the locks (and we happen to love seeing the sun rise!).
Today: 7 miles, 8 locks and 4.8 hours.
Trip: 372 miles, 253 locks and 270.7 hours.