Canals

colin on August 27th, 2015

One morning dawned clearer and sunnier than the rest, and off we dawdled in the general direction of Leicester. We did enjoy Nottingham. Not that we did much, it was just a good break. Back to the main part of the River Trent, through some big locks, and turned left at the junction of the […]

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colin on August 22nd, 2015

After Newark, we took a day or two to get to Nottingham. Enroute we passed through some really big locks and also saw a workboat called “Maid Marian”. Sweet. A few days later we saw a workboat called “Will Scarlet”. Robin must be here somewhere. Yes, Nottingham too has a castle. Not as well preserved […]

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colin on August 9th, 2015

The Roman name for Lincoln, I read, is “Lindum”. I presume that the full name would be “Lindum Colonia”, a bit like Cologne in Germany, derived also from “Colonia”. And Frankfurt also, I recall had Colonia in it’s Latin name so I think my interpretation of Lincoln’s Roman name is probably correct. So it seems […]

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colin on August 6th, 2015

We turned off the River Trent at Torskey after a fast run from Keadby, went through the lock and into lots of traffic on the high side. We noted that there seem to be many more plastic boats than narrowboats. Perhaps because people hereabouts don’t really have to deal with the narrow canals that we’ve […]

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colin on August 2nd, 2015

We tried several more boatyards on the way to Keadby, looking for fuel. All seemed to have just run out. Finally, we found one. Harlequin took 150 litres of diesel and we were pleased to have it. She uses 1.5 litres/hour, I’ve worked out. Not bad. On to Keadby. Keadby Lock is where boaters can […]

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colin on July 31st, 2015

The next day or two we took our time as we made our way towards Sheffield. We were concerned that we should have enough fuel when we entered the River Trent after our hair-raising experience with the Ouse, so we looked all over for fuel. We made it as far along the South Yorkshire Navigation […]

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colin on July 29th, 2015

First thing Monday we motored over to the local marina where we’d arranged for the boat to be serviced. After flushing the cooling system, changing the oil and many and varied filters, we were once again ready to set forth on the waterway network. The engine is running sweetly (has not given any moment for […]

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colin on July 24th, 2015

We stayed overnight in York… difficult to find mooring space. Vast amounts of river frontage but very few places to moor. While there we contacted the lock keeper at Naburn to arrange our return on the River Ouse to Selby Lock. Departure time: 1:15pm tomorrow. So next morning we left about 10am for Naburn, an […]

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colin on July 22nd, 2015

Since we were already in York, we thought, “Why not go to Ripon as well?”. It’s a reasonable idea. Ripon is the end of the… wait for it…. Ripon Canal… so a few extra days might be fun. Much of the trip to Ripon was once again on the river, but this time without the […]

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colin on July 17th, 2015

We were tempted to remain at Naburn Lock to recover from the stressful trip up from Selby, but since it took only a little over two hours we quickly recovered and pushed on. York is a pretty place; it goes way back to the Romans and probably well beyond so there’s plenty to look at. […]

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