Completed 2 miles and 5 locks
It was a reasonably early start along with many other boaters heading into Stratford.
Firstly, we joined the queue at the water point and did our rubbish.
Chris holds the boat against a barge - waiting for the water point
Coming through Birmingham Street Bridge - very low!
Here Paul, a Canal and River Trust Volunteer. opens the bottom paddle on the notorious Lock No. 53. Notice the cranked beam frame - constructed when the road bridge was widened.
Here Paul shows just how hard this lock gate is to shift. I did put the camera away and help along with another boater - many hands make light work! Alan and Paul, CRT Volunteers helped to ease our passage and provided some entertainment! Thank you!
Into the amazing Bancroft Basin, right in the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon.
We fortunately got the last pontoon berth - here alongside the newly painted nb.Jaynar
Looking across the Basin towards the Royal Shakespeare Company.
We first came here on our first boat (nb.Alcantara) in Aug 1992, then again in Aug 1994.
Then again with Chris' Parents for a joint holiday on an Anglo Welsh hire boat from Wootton Wawen in Aug 2009. With this boat - nb.Song of the Waterways, we came in Aug 2011.
The broad beam Trip boat goes hourly
After the rain of recent days, the river levels have been 'fresh'. Here the warning marker is on amber. We go down onto the River Avon on Tuesday.