Monday, December 31, 2007

New Years Eve Cruise

am. 2.45 miles, 55 minutes, 2.68lm/h
pm. 5.66 miles, 3 hours, 4 locks, 3.22 lm/h

After a very quiet night we set off late from Crofton Top Lock. Nb Summer and NB New Era from Pewsey Wharf passed us not long before we pulled the pins.

We caught up with them at Wootton Rivers Top Lock - Cadley lock. We decided to moor up for lunch to let them get well ahead. By this time it was drizzling a bit anyway.

As it happened a boat came up the locks so they were set for us. We took the locks in turn and John was busy photographing the damaged walls and leaky gates. He is planning to look at the British Waterways Asset Lists to compare their ratings with what we saw.

Here are a couple of photos of the damage and more leaky gates!.

Although there was a fancy dress New Year celebration at The Waterfront, Pewsey Wharf, we decided to continue to Wide Water and moor in the peace and quiet. We will have our own quiet celebration. However as I write this I can here fireworks from somewhere near!

As we have a good satellite signal here we will probably watch Jools Holland’s Hootenanny – usually a good “see the New Year in” show. Maybe have another glass of mulled wine – we are not champagne fans!


  1. Hi John and Fiona,

    Have a Happy New Year and all the best for 2008, I trust you have a good "full" year ahead and do not miss Cornwall too much!

    Have a good evening in your "peaceful" mooring.

    Kind regards,


  2. As far as I can see, all the locks in that area are graded as B - Good. Mind you, they haven't been assessed for some years. Wootton Rivers Lock (no 51) since 2003, Brimslade (No 53) 1999 and Cadley Lock No 54 - which is in C - Fair condition - in 1996, Crofton Top (No 55) is B - Good was graded as such in 2003.

    Do you recall which one is featured in the picture?

    Happy New Year

    Will Chapman


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