|I started by cycling to the town centre where I saw this nice Boardman fixie!|
|The "Blue Leanie" - a well-known |
office block in the town centre
|view down Walton Street|
|Next to the new-ish theatre (it has been open for a bit more 4 years), a new University campus is under construction.|
|The very end of the Aylesbury Arm (a spur from the|
Grand Union Canal, the canal that connects London
|The canal continued working until the 1960's, apparently!|
|The back of the new campus, shown with the back of the|
theatre and the waterside motel. New canal boat moorings
are under construction to attract more visitors to the area.
I'm sure it will be "picture postcard" lovely when it is finished!
|A short way after the new building work,|
the canal path gets rather muddy.
|When going along a towpath, there are|
long flat bits interspersed with little
climbs at the locks. Looks like someone
has left a gate open on this one!
|The path improves somewhat at Broughton Crossing, which also has a car park - presumably how the canoeist got here!|
|A few sections of ice are still in the canal.|
|That muddy blob is my front derailleur!|
The path quickly deteriorated after Broughton Crossing.
Good job I oiled the chain before setting out!
|A few times the wheels go so jammed with mud and reeds that I had to stop and clear them.|
When I got off and pushed, neither wheel turned - they just slid along on the mud.
|The path is still very bad - I'm turning off at the next bridge ...|
|... where a nice new path led to ...|
|... the new Arla dairy - apparently the largest fresh milk dairy (whatever that means!) in the world.|
|Then down the "old" A41 to the roundabout where it joins the "new" A41.|
Looks like I'm not the only cyclist out today!
|A lot more civilised - a tarmac route near to the flood protection measures behind the Broughton Avenue area|
|Then up and over the bridge - this is a view of the new canal boat Marina at Stocklake - I suspect that those are rather overpriced flats (apartments) being constructed behind the Marina - a view of a bit of water sure puts the price up 'round here!|