Only a short hop today with just two locks to Marsworth Junction. As usual, Jan worked the locks whilst I did the steering. Jan managed to photograph me attempting to line up on the lock entrance.
Two items of interest at the top lock. Jan thought this water tank and faucet beside the old steam pump house was rather unique.
Whilst I wondered about the original purpose of the cylindrical structure in the adjacent field.
It looks like the top of a tunnel air shaft. But there are no canal tunnels around here?
There was a long line of moored boats on the immediate approach to the junction and we were starting to worry about finding a mooring. Fortunately there were at least four vacant spots at the junction.
Jan seemed rather taken with the thatched cottage beside the bridge.
We actually have a very good mooring in the junction with views towards the Aylesbury Arm. The mobile signal is 4G and we have both DTV and the dot.
After settling in I went for a walk around the local area finding the Angler’s Retreat which will suffice for our usual Sunday roast lunch.
The white building in the far right of the photo is the White Lion pub which is located beside the canal. It’s also closed and boarded up. This photo was taken from the top of the embankment which forms the northern bank of Startopstend Reservoir which supplies water to the canal.
The water level appeared to be rather low for this time of year. It’s one of three adjacent reservoirs. The other two being Marsworth and Tringford. To the west is the Aylesbury Arm which starts with two locks formed as a staircase. The plan is to go down the Arm next week. On the junction is a new residential development being constructed on former CRT land. One local resident stopped to explain to me how upset the local village population was with the development. When finished there will be 13 new homes plus the old canal building on the junction is being renovated into a residence.
The thing I noticed was the developer appears to be constructing new boater facilities as part of the project.
The existing elsan and water point can be seen in the bottom left corner and it appears concrete block rooms are being constructed to the right. Perhaps, toilet, shower, etc?
A walk to the west confirmed there is a church
I need to explore further afield.