With due regard for H&S, this lift keeper takes the opportunity to refresh the paintwork while we leave the holding tank and approach the next of the four lifts.
It's a rural and pretty canal and we moor up for the night having experienced three of the lifts with no hiccups.
The fourth lift is in a bad state. The last commercial to use it had a very frightening accident when the guillotine gate opened before it was level with the water, breaking the back of the emerging boat.
We try not to think of this as the next day we turn around and the team operate the lifts for us to return again. Amazing.