These locks are spread out and in batches of three's and four's, but are a magnet for the kids to have fun round.. These locks aren't easy locks with the handcuff keys on, and some paddles not working.
It was so annoying with all the rubbish in the cut and you just always felt on edge, most lock gates never opened fully and damaged the boat on the way out, and the locks just seem to go on forever. and then there's the swing bridges which are sometimes difficult to open with the rubbish in the canal.
When we got to bridge 21 we thought we would fit under it and we did except for the satellite dish. After slamming into reverse we got a brown overcoat wrapped round the prop and SNAP! it broke the dish bracket clean off.
We were pleased to reach the junction of Portland Basin with the Peak Forest canal, but soon found out it was a bit shallow and there wasn't many moorings.
We planned to stop at bridge 10 and managed to get in even though it was a bit close to the bridge.