We pulled pins at silly O clock , well that’s what Curly called it. In fact it was 07.55 and with the Sun well up in the sky we soon got onto the services at Gayton and filled and emptied Inca. This is one of the better kept service areas that Canal and River Trust operate and its always clean and tidy. Its just a shame they cant all be like this one.
Half an hour later and we were going through Blisworth tunnel which at 3076 yards is the third longest navigable canal tunnel in the country. Work began on building the tunnel in 1793, but errors by the contractors left a wiggle in the tunnel, and after three years work it collapsed due to quicksand, claiming the lives of 14 men. It was then decided to begin again with a new tunnel. This was finally finished in 1805. Blisworth tunnel is usually wet but this is the wettest we have ever seen it. Still it was good fun even though we got soaked.