This is the mooring at Waltham Abbey that has nice well kept bank to moor against. problem was after a few days the never ending cyclists passing left the boat filthy. Windows on the towpath side had to be kept shut to keep the airborne dust out. Mooring on the Lee was reasonable. This is based on getting close to a decent bank side not on the surrounding views.
Along the Stort navigation is a different story where the mooring choices left and above widespread with the bank being high.
Now this looks pretty tranquil i hear you saying. We have just exited a lock and have moved past the lock mooring in fact are moored just in front of our friends Jacquie and Stein on Like Ducks 2 Water. This was the first time we had caught up with them on these waters. So back to the mooring. What you can`t hear in a picture is the main road that is just behind the trees on the left. Also because the water is so shallow on the mooring we have a continuous crunching as the bottom is sitting on stones. Just ahead around the bend the bank reverts to as pictured above and the road comes out of hiding from behind the trees so you can watch and listen to those trucks as they roar past.
As you can see just room for one boat to squeeze in under the tree. Welcome to Sawbridgeworth.
If you want a rural mooring the plank is a must. We have managed after several attempts to get the back in, Jaq says planks are for Pirates` captives to walk. So it`s just me using the front door.
All sounds very nice. Problem on the Stort is it`s not just the moorings that are a problem we also have trains and planes.
The plane problem is the close proximity of Stanstead Airport. It seemed that for a long section of the Stort we were either near the take off or landing flight paths. So you move away and the planes seem to have disappeared but suddenly they appear from a completely different direction, I assume it`s a change of wind direction forcing a change of approach. Trains are never far away and can be tolerated at a distance but the sound of their two tone horns is a bit annoying. The train tracks are crossed in many places by small access tracks or footpaths and the approaching trains have to blast a warning.
So not my favourite waterway but don`t let me put you off as you might think it wonderful. I think the problem is that on the main canal system you can mostly choose your spot and adjust it by a few hundred yards if need be. Here the mooring opportunities are very sparse and we did pass some very nice places because even with a plank we were unable to get close enough to the bank.
The Lee was better re planes trains and moorings but it seemed to be the Motorway of cyclists.