Grassy locks are putting off trip­pers

Canal Boat - - Letters - Adrian Howes

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.

Kind re­gards.

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