Monday, 26th March
Being away by 08.40 we were soon at Gailey Top Lock and beginning the descent towards Penkridge. Following a recent accident at Stourport, when a young boy was drowned attempting to cycle across an unfenced bridge at a lock, British Waterways has gone into overdrive, preventing use of such bridges by means of scaffolding poles to "temporarily" obstruct the bridges such as here at Otherton lock:
I've not yet seen any reports of this year's duckling crop on line yet but today, at Filance Lock, I saw my first of the year. I was so surprised that I didn't have my camera ready although a few seconds later we also encountered our first "congestion" of the year, having to wait for a boat in front to pen through before us!