We spent a couple of days at Cow Roast then decided to move on. As we took on water by the lock I tried to re-create the old picture from the Gerald Massey site. Owing to the private moorings now occupying where the old working boats are moored I am closer but you can see not much has changed over the years.
Cow Roast lock 2013
The first of the Dudswell locks No.47, just back around the bend, was a joyful sight with lots of wood to be cut from two fallen trees. Jaq brought the boat up to the lock on the offside and we spent an hour with the chainsaw.
The small wooden building has been re-placed by a sturdier looking one. Also in the old picture one of the two buildings further along the lane appears to have been removed.
I would guess the horses liked all the locks being so close together as it gave them a lot of breaks from pulling those boats.
Just a few locks on and we spent 3 days in Berkhamsted after which we needed to seek peace and quiet away from the town but it served it`s purpose with supplies and a few wants loaded aboard.