Sunday, May 31, 2009
Moored outside the Royal Armouries Museum
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
NB Shush Leaving Castleford Junction
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Sunday morning came and the weather was great - sun, sun and more sun. I took Ben for a walk while Eric watched the Grand Prix. Lots of boats on the move today, the most we've seen since we left Manchester. We got moaned at by a big wide beam that our boat was overhanging the lock moorings and the other half on board took a photo- evidence for sure! We moved up a metre once he'd gone to avoid any more hassle. The visitor moorings filled up and the gongoozlers looked in but the sun was shining so it was a lovely day.
We decided to move on Bank Holiday Monday as we'd been moored up long enough. The sun was still shining so I took Ben for a walk before we set off. We set off as planned past all the residential boats and pulled in next to lock to fill up with water, we had to breast up to NB Shush as there was no room. Filling up both water tanks took a while but we then ready to go down the lock onto the next river section. We passed through Thomes Flood Lock which was open and then Thornes Lock and finally through Wakefield Flood Lock to find the sign for a sanitary station but no facilities, just a modern block of apartments. All it said was 'Welcome to Wakefield Waterfront' but no information at all in the very empty noticeboard. (Update- I have since found out there are facilities at Fall Ing Lock Residential Moorings.) We moored up at the visitor moorings and Eiddwen and I walked to Sainsbury's to get some fresh food while Alan and Eric stayed with the boats.
We got back to the boats and headed for Fall Ing Lock and here the fun began as the lock took an age to fill. The boat leaving the lock had left a paddle half up and it wouldn't shut with all the water in the lock. We had to half empty the lock to release the presssure on the paddle so we could wind it completely down. The whole process was watched by a gang of teenage lads and they actually helped us open and close the lock gates.The notice at the lock said 'Welcome to the Aire and Calder Navigation' and we were on a river section which was very pleasant with the sun shining and no wind at all which made going through Broadreach Flood Lock easier. It has traffic lights which confused us as they were amber but both flood lock gates were wide open. We moored up at Stanley Ferry a lovely spot with plenty of space for us to stop. There are some lovely walks here in the 'Southern Washlands Nature Corridor' so the sign says. Ben the dog and I are looking forward to staying here and going walking.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sowerby Bridge Basin
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Eiddwen, Ben and I walking between the locks.
Friday, May 08, 2009
Eric's In Yorkshire
Thursday, May 07, 2009
The views of Chelburn Moor were lovely and the canal so much cleaner and when we finally moored up at Chelburn Wharf it was a delightful mooring. I set off with Ben the dog to walk on the moor and I found the Pennine Bridle Way sign posts and followed them for a while. It overlooked Upper Chelburn Reservoir. I could see the village of Summit and the air shafts of Summit Tunnel so I couldn't get lost. We walked down to the reservoir and then back the way we came- Ben going ahead leading the way!