We headed to the bottom of Foxton Locks and pulled in just after the swing bridge. Storm went off to register with the lock-keeper who reported that there were two coming down and one going up at the moment. We would then enter the locks after NB Eclipse. It was expected this would take about an hour. While we waited we cooked bacon bought in Braunston for breakfast butties . [Illiteration for my two English teachers on board!]
Unfortunately after an hour, word came down the locks that a hire boat had entered at the top of the locks without registering and we would have to wait for that boat to come down so our one hour wait turned into two!
Never mind, it was a nice sunny day so we just sat back and chatted after we’d enjoyed our breakfast.
We finally got the signal to move and we began the one hour climb up the 10 locks remembering to raise red paddles first.
In the heat, we needed something cool when we got to the top and the ice-cream shop beside the tenth lock couldn’t be ignored. Ice-creams all round.
After that it was a fairly uneventful journey back through beautiful countryside to Welford other than we met up with the slow boat that we’d followed on Monday to Market Harborough, only this time we managed to over-take.
Back through Husband Bosworth tunnel, a left turn down the Welford Arm before mooring in the end of the arm and setting up camp on the grass beside the boat with deck-chairs, rug, parasol and a picnic lunch.
In the evening we went to The Wharf Inn for a meal to round off James & Ali’s visit. We’ve had a lovely few days with them and they didn’t really want to leave but James wanted to be at school to be with his students when they receive their A level results tomorrow, so we waved them off home at about 8.30.