Our first cruise of the year almost always takes place off-season, usually beginning in late April or early May and lasting six to eight weeks. It’s lovely watching the towpaths and river-banks springing into bloom, cruising between fields full of lambs and calves, and catching nature at her freshest.
Young cygnets are everywhere, carefully monitored by their parents:
It’s not all one long idyll though. One of the drawbacks can be the state of the canals and rivers at this time of the year.
Heavy flooding, (particularly this year), brings fresh debris down the river daily, with logs banging against the boat throughout the night. Weed is rampant, and you wouldn’t want to get any of this lot round your prop or stuck in your cooling water filters.
The locks too have fallen victim to moss and weed:
The canal banks are in dire need of spring maintenance:
Off-season certainly offers unique delights and challenges!
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