And the locks were even more difficult than the Lea's worst! They're only 13 feet wide, which makes them too narrow for a pair of narrowboats to share. And a single narrowboat has to have both gates opened for it. A single gate width is six inches too narrow! And the gates were still not safe for walking across. But it does seem to be the norm that gates are left open as you leave them, top or bottom. Which makes life a little easier!
We travelled on through parkland and woodland, past hundreds of trees, mostly willows, we thought; dead, toppled, broken and piled in skeletal heaps, struck down, surely, by some arboreal disease. Such a great shame. A scar on a beautiful landscape.
We stopped for the night right above Hunsdon Mill Lock, a lovely spot with woodland to our right, and large, well-tended gardens on the other side of the canal. Not far away, a pile of wood burned slowly. Garden trees cut down because of disease, leaving huge spaces where once they looked magnificent.