Basildon Bond Land

Our fears of not being able to sleep on Tuesday night because we’d managed to moor near to a travelling circus, turned out to be unfounded. We were surprised though when we got up yesterday morning, the circus had vanished overnight, gone completely!

Yesterday we stayed on our mooring because of the torrential rain. It wasn’t the best mooring as the towpath was sodden causing black sticky mud. We did manage to tip-toe through a short length of the mud to access a common area, giving Rusty a run.

This morning from our mooring, I walked and picked my way through the sticky mud, to set our first lock of the day (Boxmoor Bottom Lock #64).

Just before our third lock, we had a sanny stop. The Service Station already had a boat moored there; it was filling its tank with water. There was also a wide beam which was taking up 4 bollards.

The boater filling up with water kindly inched his boat up so Cyan could squeeze between both boats. The other boater was ‘fizzing’ about the wide beam, he said it had been there for weeks, and was causing all sorts of problems for other boaters. John did manage to talk the other boater out of leaving a note on the wide beam, before he cast the wide beam adrift! It was a smart wide beam, but looked unoccupied. We took a picture of the boat, and passed a complaint onto C&RT (John promised the angry boater he’d complain).

Looking down from the lock towards the Paper Mill PH.

The ‘Paper Mill PH’ sits on the site of the Old Dickinson Paper Mill:

“The company was founded in Apsley, Hertfordshire in 1804 by John Dickinson, who invented a continuous mechanised paper-making process. Dickinson patented his ideas in 1809, and in the same year he gained financial backing from George Longman, whose family controlled the Longman publishing firm. He established paper mills at Apsley (a former flour mill), Nash Mill (formerly a medieval corn-mill) in 1811, and Croxley in Hertfordshire. The river and canal at Apsley and Nash Mills provided power for the mills and transport for materials and product” More information…

We’re now moored in a beautiful spot, just before Toovey’s Mill Arm. The best thing about where we’re moored, is the pristine towpath!

Today we’ve cruised 3 miles and through 6 locks.

2 thoughts on “Basildon Bond Land

    • Fascinating pics Pip! It’s just about to start raining here, with a 95% chance of it continuing until 2 o/clock tomorrow morning, so we’re staying put today, and now we’ll be kingfisher hunting! By the sound of evensong last night, and the dawn chorus this morning, it’s a popular spot for wildlife. I remember the closure of the Oveltine, in a ‘previous life’ I lived in these parts for nearly 20 years, and knew several people affected. Ovaltine had their own cows, and their herd was the biggest for miles, so all that went. Thanks for sharing… lovely to read your blog 🙂 Jen

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