Yesterday we took the caravan up to just outside Blackpool for it’s winter sojourn and we headed down to stay with my Dad for a few weeks in Hertfordshire. We always try to travel on a Sunday as there is usually less traffic but…. where are they all going? The M6 was either stationary or rambling along between 30 and 40 mph all 6 or 8 lanes of it – why and where? And the M1 wasn’t a whole heap better! A 4 hour journey easily turned into a 6 hour one – my saving grace? One, Poppydog was brilliant and two, dinner was on the table when we finally rocked up just before 9pm!
Still today is another day and in fact a jolly nice one too! So off we went for a walk along the canal, only half a mile from home and we are on the towpath at Hunton Bridge heading north.
Under Hunton Bridge looking south.
It is very tranquil down here, though you can never quite escape the sound of traffic, trains and construction, you can manage to zone them out and concentrate on the birds, trees and occasional passing narrow boat.
As we arrived into the built up area surrounding Kings Langley, this rather novel longboat cockpit is quite a feature, don’t you think?
This is how I imagine narrow boats to be – pretty and clearly loved.
But to be honest many of them look well in need of some serious TLC if not outright scrapping and why oh why do they keep so muck junk? This one on the left was rotten, with much peeling paint and piles of junk left rotting on the roof, whereas the one on the right was beautifully painted and tidy.
Apsley Mill was a very trendy looking little marina, where houseboat living is probably combined with a daily commute to the city!
We stopped for refreshments at the Sunnyside Cafe before reaching our destination of Hemel Hempstead – well you can just make out the iconic Kodak House across the green.
On the way back we took time to watch a couple of boats passing through a lock and take a closer look at this shiny beauty!
Much of this canal side has been attractively regenerated over the years on sites that would previously have housed large factories or mills.
A very pleasant 10 mile round trip – we will sleep soundly tonight!
Two thoughts of the day:
Maybe after our round coast trip we should explore the middle of the country by narrow boat?
I still cannot comprehend the amount of traffic we experienced yesterday – I guess we have been living the good life in Cornwall for the past 13 years and more recently traveling around the more remote coastline and had just not realised how much busier it has become!!