Our next trip was down the Aylesbury Arm which, unlike the Wendover, actually reaches its namesake town. It also differs from the Wendover in that it has locks, sixteen of them. When I found out that they were narrow I was overjoyed! They are so much easier to work that the heavy wide locks encountered on the rest of the Grand Union.
The arm ends in a basin, half finished at the moment, but promising much when it’s complete. The pontoons aren’t really useable yet, not having enough rings for tying up but it would appear that access to them will be secure through a locked gate. According to a chatty local the building they’re working on is going to be a three storey community centre.
The moorings are right alongside a large Waitrose supermarket. We stopped here for a day and managed to get a few bits and pieces done in Aylesbury. The building site makes the moorings noisy in the daytime but they’re relatively quiet at night. It’s possible that they might get a touch noisier on a weekend as they’re also right beside a large Travelodge.
Apparently Ronnie Barker began his career in Aylesbury which we discovered when we we spotted this statue of him.