Wednesday, 23 March 2011
A tight squeeze
Here's the narrowboat that yesterday's young lady was waiting for. Once a boat has negotiated the single lock chamber at Hirst Wood (and as you can see it's quite a tight squeeze), it enters a little canal basin. It then has to pass through the swing bridge, which pivots sideways to allow boats to proceed up the canal. Unlike some of the locks, Hirst Wood is not 'manned' so boat owners have to do all the running about and winding sluice gates for themselves. It's quite hard work. But it makes interesting entertainment for passers-by strolling along the towpath.
Below is the same boat going through the swing bridge, which then has to be closed again behind it to allow traffic and pedestrians to cross the canal.