This is the seventeenth in an occasional series of postings which should, over time, record all the major ‘inlanding’ trips I’ve taken in the years since 1989. The archive of trips can be accessed via the Inlanding – Trip Reports tab at the top of the page.
Day 17. Copper Mill Lock to Kensal Green
21 miles – 5 locks – 10 hours
In my minds-eye, with the mechanical concerns of the last few days now pretty much resolved, I woke early and, lying back in my bunk, felt pretty optimistic about a leisurely day ahead, A day of messing about on the water.
However, this was to become – definitely – a day of two halves.
I enjoyed the first few hours, the final descent through Harefield, Denham and Uxbridge, but then loathed the end hours of the day. I hadn’t realised just how quickly the character of the route would change after Uxbridge – the slog through Cowley, Yiewsley, West Drayton, and the endless miles through Southall, Norwood, Greenford and Alperton.
From Black Jack’s Lock and Widewater Lock, through Denham Deep, at 11’ the deepest on the Grand Union, the canalside landscape down the Colne Valley remained reassuringly rural.
We're just about ready to restart the Long Trip down the Water Road.
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