|Tied up in the atmospheric surroundings of Gloucester Dock|
For the moment, this is just a quick update to say that we are here, that the trip today was a whole lot let wild and windy than yesterdays – we even had moments of sunshine – and even the notoriously tricky entrance to Gloucester Dock's Lock was a bit of a pussycat.
|Heading towards the lock; the main river flows past it to the weir|
It's time to phone the lock keeper and have him prepare the lock ready for our arrival for the main river rushes right past the mouth of the lock and straight on towards a weir. It's not a place for dithering and the advice was 'drive straight in; there's plenty of room to stop when you're safe in the lock'. Which we did – and still felt the flick of the weir stream across our tail as we went through.
The monster, 200ft long lock takes an age to fill and gradually the tall warehouses come into view. We came out into the wide open space of the dock basin, spoiled for choice on mooring spots and eventually found ourselves a slot on the western wall just beside a handsome Dutch barge.