When we woke on Wednesday (30/7) the weather had changed. It was cloudy, humid and warm with showers. As we were casting- off we were passed by NB Gwyniad who was travelling single-handed down to Grove Bridge. Dave the skipper had a good local knowledge and together we managed to work the locks efficiently.

Working the locks with Gwyniad

Maggie was particularly taken by pretty lock cottages in this section. Most were decorated by bright hanging baskets. The section by Grove Bridge was particularly picturesque.

Cassiobury Park Locks

Cottage Door and Boatman's Table

We were hoping to see signs of the Ovaltine factory and Albert (ex-Ovaltine boat). In 1997 when we first travelled south on the Grand Union towards London both used be in this section. The factory is now housing and we don’t know where working boat Albert is. However, in 1997 the wooden working boat Roger was just a shell lying by the canal centre at Rickmansworth, now she looks splendid afloat on her moorings.
We stopped early today, 2:30PM and moored up by the Aquadrome at Rickmansworth.

As evening came the heavens opened!