It was a pleasant cruise and we spent most of it at tick over. We did have a problem with a local gate on the triple staircase (I forget it's name) and it took me an age to fish out most of the detritus blocking the gate paddle. We bumped into a few local boaters we know and some others helped us down the staircase... mainly because they were by now all waiting to come up it!
Why am I bleating on about this? - well, IF we'd have listened/acted on the various Chinese whispers (no offence to Mr & Mrs Chinky Chonk intended) we'd NOT have stayed in Apperely bridge for the last couple of days. HAVING spoken with "proper locals" it turns out that yes ONE boat had it's ropes cut but it HAD been moored above Dobsons Lock and the perpetrators are already known to the boys in blue... bored dope smoking youths - and whilst being bored /doped up isn't an excuse for anti-social/criminal behaviour, it could be interpreted as "youthful hi-jinks"... we were all young once ... although I can't remember that far back personally!
ANYWAY - point of order... Having spent a couple of days moored here AND witnessed Saturday evening patrols (for want of a better word) by local PSA's would like to state we've NOT felt unsafe at all.... NOR seen any anti-social behaviour. IN fact, I'd go as far as to encourage people to come along here and support the local Marina /chandler and coffee Shop...
ON arrival (Saturday afternoon I think ) Rob the chap who runs the place (and coffee shop owner) said it was 96p!!! I explained when I'd phoned I'd been told it was 70p ergo, as we didn't actually NEED any, we'd give it a miss.
Helpful chap - phoned the boss man who explained he'd got muddled and told me what HE pays for it... even that seems dear given we get it from a garage up the road for 64.9p.... I'm waffling. LONG story short, he'd sell it to us for the "moorers rate" which worked out at 85p... STILL expensive but by then we'd tied up, boarded another craft to get in and Rob had gone out of his way to be helpful - ergo, we got some.
I picked up a flier for their coffee shop and whilst my photo of it isn't the best, you can read the opening times and their phone number... it's a bright, clean and friendly place.