A bit of dredging wouldn't go amiss along Well Creek and this stretch, we were scraping the bottom at times...
Nb Matilda Rose following Yarwood to Salters Lode lock
The water is too shallow to do more than two and a bit mph
That's Yarwood safely through a low bridge..is MR going to make it???
Moored together at Salters Lode awaiting the call into the lock
The hydraulically operated gate paddle being opened to check for 'level' water
Main gate opening
Tied against the tyre wall, Matilda Rose is able to move forward into the lock chamber and the rear lock gates are closed to prevent tidal water entering the middle levels. Here we sit waiting for an hour and a half waiting for the tide to get high enough for us to clear most of the sandbanks.
Out in the tideway
Denver lock to the left of the sluice. Flood waters have deposited a dirty great sandbank across the lock entrance which means the boats have to keep right as they approach and turn at a right angle in front of the sluice to get 'behind' the bank before another right angle turn into the lock chamber.
Safely in the lock and after recovering our stern rope that had got wrapped around the prop - butter fingers Joe... we waited for the lock to be emptied
And here we are, say hello to our summer cruising ground!
Vic and Sue's boat, No Problem, awaiting us
Moored up, Yarwood, Matilda Rose and No Problem all together