colin on September 8th, 2015

Suddenly, it seems, we find ourselves at the end of our cruise for the year. For so long it felt like we’d never arrive, but now… here we are. We’ve arranged to have Harlequin pulled out of the water for the winter, to be winterised and left on wooden blocks until March. We leave her […]

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colin on August 30th, 2015

We arrive at Leicester a little apprehensive… we’d heard tales of narrowboaters having an unpleasant time with the locals. We tied up for a night a little short of the main part of town and had an uneventful night. Next day we continued to a pontoon mooring provided by the CRT right near the centre […]

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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 14th, 2015

Well, I did mention that it was 30 miles from Boston to Lincoln and after leaving fairly early in the day, we went all the way to Lincoln in one go. Our longest day ever. On the way we were treated to the sight of a bunch of Eurofighters from a nearby RAF base doing […]

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colin on August 12th, 2015

Lincoln to Boston on the canal is about 30 miles. So we set off from Lincoln late in the morning and did only a few hours motoring ’til we’d had enough, and stopped in the middle of nowhere. Almost literally. Here and there along the canal there are pontoons available for overnight stays…. actually I […]

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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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