Berkhamsted For The Weekend

We skipped breakfast this morning, and promised ourselves a hearty lunch when we stopped. We weren’t hungry due to ketogenic dieting/intermediate fasting.

It was about 9:30 pm when Cyan slipped her mooring, and she cruised into the first Dudswell Lock. There’s a message on the lock gates telling boaters to leave a paddle on the bottom gate open. This is to leave the lock chambers empty to reduce leakages through the lock walls.

We noticed these huge nests where we were moored, we’re presume they are herons nests?

At the second Dudswell lock, we were lucky as a wide beam was coming up the lock.

Noticing a paddle was open on Northchurch lock, John closed it, and was just about to fill the lock when he saw C&RT’s maintenance boats approaching. They were returning their machinery back to ‘port’, after it had been been used on the Apsley locks repairs. The C&RT men reminded John to leave a paddle open on the lock.

The rest of today’s locks we found had a paddle open, so we left the locks as we found them, with a paddle open.

The lock was built in 1876, not the oldest lock on the network, but it still boggles the mind that these locks are still in use.

Some take the ‘fast lane’, and others would rather choose a ‘snail’s pace’.

I’m pretty certain Spring is going to ‘explode’ into life as soon as we get a few days of high temperatures.

We’re now moored, probably until Monday, at Berkhamsted. We’re within easy distance of a Waitrose, and I can’t wait to have a good scout through! I’m pretty sure there will be a yummy fayre of different food from what we’re used to from Mr Tesco. Shame we missed the ‘Farmer’s Market’, as it’s only here on the third Saturday of the month.

Berhamsted also have a good old fashioned high street – hopefully still full of ‘unique’ shops.

Within an hour of mooring; we tucked into a 200g ribeye steak, served with a roquefort cream sauce, creamed cauli and spinach, and butter coated sprouts. In case anyone is worried about our colesterol levels, there’s no need 🙂 (About Keto).

We’re planning to have a gander around the ruins of Berkhamsted Castle, it was the place where:

“William the Conqueror received the submission of the English at Berkhamsted Castle after the Battle of Hastings. His half-brother, Robert of Mortain, built a timber castle there in about 1070. It was in the classic Norman motte-and-bailey form, with a defensive conical mound and oval bailey below.

The castle stayed in royal hands, and in 1155 Thomas Becket was granted the honour of Berkhamsted by King Henry II. As chancellor, Becket was the king’s right hand man and enjoyed great favour. He rebuilt the castle to befit his new status and house his large staff. Becket’s buildings probably included the huge stone curtain wall.

Later in 1164, during his quarrel with the king, Becket was accused of embezzlement. He was disgraced and deprived of the honour of Berkhamsted.” From English Heritage – more…

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Today we have cruised 2 miles, and dropped through 6 locks.

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