A good run to Hillmorton this morning. A little bit of confusion at the top lock where the lockwheeler was just finishing prepping the lock for a moored boat that we had passed. We used the other one which has one top paddle taped out of use. At the central pair there was more confusion with an upcoming boat saying that there was another boat coming up behind, but wasn't any sign of, and a set of very stiff top paddles. Our companion boat waved us through first so we were able to set the bottom lock for them in turn and leave ahead. "Tesco moorings" were all full of shoppers, so we just carried on to Newbold where there was plenty of mooring and a shorter walk for Pat to the Coop store in the village. A sunny day and getting warm by the time we reached Brinklow.