The trip was excellent and everyone had a brilliant time. It certainly wasn’t a holiday for the people who came, as the Blue Angel is a working canal boat on the Wey navigation. We travelled through 6 locks at which everyone had to get out and perform an important task to help get us through, whether that be opening the gates, releasing the water or helping to guide the boat.
We set sail from Guildford to the White Hart in Addlestone; the route takes you through some beautiful picturesque scenery as well as under the A3 and M25! Throughout the trip Tom was our historical guide, and really wowed us with his local knowledge!
Everyone grew in confidence as the trip went on. By the end of it I think they might have been able to manage the opening and closing of the locks themselves! Barry and his kitchen assistants, Michael and Yves, prepared and cooked a lovely sausage casserole on board which everyone enjoyed. As luck would have it, we managed to moor up next to a pub on the Monday night, so it would have been rude not to pay it a visit!
The next day we went back up the river to Guildford, after Michael helped me prepare bacon sandwiches. It was a cold start, but soon warmed up. Michael, Alex, Dominic and Yves all had a go at piloting the barge, with Michael especially enjoying this. Throughout the trip Anthony developed his rope skills and by now had perfected the art of the rope coil.
The only disappointing thing was that we didn’t have another few days. A big thank you to Ben and Paul for supporting and providing this trip through Surrey Outdoor Learning.