We've not posted for some time, for good reason, and this is my first attempt at catching up. The reason for the delay was initially quite simple, we ran out of data on our mobile internet account but then we had some boating difficulties which things more difficult - but more of that in later posts.

Delightful cottages at Enfield - Government Row

We left Enfield and travelled north on Wednesday June 9th. Warm and sunny it was ideal weather for boating. However, we did manage to leave behind our keys in the electric paddle mechanism at Enfield Lock. Because the next lock was not far away, and we realised quite quickly, it meant only a short walk back to retrieve them.

Scenes from the River Lee Navigation

We eventually made Fielde's Weir Lock in the afternoon and turned off the Lee onto the River Stort. It was immediately a different navigation with narrower locks (13 ft) and much more winding. 

First River Stort Lock

Lockside Cottage near Roydon Mill Lock with the symbol of Sir George Duckett

We made Roydon by late afternoon and moored up just after the very low bridges (about 6ft air draft) where the road and railway cross the canal. 

Creeping under the first low bridge at Roydon (the next is lower)

Just after the bridge is the home mooring of the former GJCC inspection launch Kingfisher that was for many years kept at Kingfisher Marina - our home mooring. 

Kingfisher on her new home moorings at Roydon
That night we went for a walk around Roydon's large marina. It is based around the mill - the River Stort is charactersised by mills

Roydon Mill

Moored up by the meadows at Roydon