Some of the features of this flight of locks are:
Short pounds with tight bends.
Large bywashes making it difficult to enter or leave a lock smoothly. But loking very pretty, I am told
And this rather elegant split bridge designed to allow a horse to tow a boat through the lock without disconnecting the rope.
They were unnecessary because it is quite easy to negotiate such locks with one bollard should you really feel the need for one.They are dangerous because they clutter up the lock side and they encouraged novices to tie boats up and think all was well. This resulting in descending boats being hung up on lock walls and ascending ones sitting on the cill. Within a few weeks a boater was injured when he tripped over one of these new bollards on the Wolverhampton 21.
This sign is on a house on the towpath side of the canal. It is not uncommon for people to buy property next to a canal and then complain about the boats . It seems rather presumptuous to claim private ownership of the towpath: riparian rights on canals lie with the canal company, unlike on a river.
We accomplished our target of mooring up below the Lapworth flight before the rain arrived.
5.5 miles / 20 locks / 2 lift bridges