Grassy locks are putting off trippers
For the past 15 years we have had two weeks each year on the canals, always look forward to them and always enjoy them. About four years ago we went on the Oxford canal in September and always remember the pounds and pounds of blackberries we got by nudging into the side and getting to where nobody could reach.
I always remember the immaculate locks where the grass was cut very short and everything very tidy.
This year we picked the boat up at Gayton on the grand Union and headed south, once again it was a perfect holiday with the hot sunny weather most of the time.
We decided to go down the Aylsbury Arm and what a contrast to the Oxford. The grass round the locks was about a foot high and had the weather been wet we would have had very wet feet.
It is such a shame because the arm itself is lovely, I realise the 14 locks put people off and we saw very few boats down there.
I think the tidiness of the lock area is very important and hope this letter may help to remedy these problems.