Welcome to my blog! You join us just as I tell the story of the journey back to Lincolnshire on the River Trent.
The now redundant Besthorpe Gravel Wharf - the large gravel barges no longer operate on this section of the Trent
Dropping down through the huge lock at Cromwell, we donned life jackets, relieved that the weather was glorious, if a tad breezy.
Dunham Toll Bridge - a notorious place for boats to ground if they are unlucky or just silly!
We actually quite enjoyed the long, ever winding river on this occasion. The river was not really flowing that much and the views were beautiful across the Trent valley.
Power station in the distance, signalling our imminent arrival at Torksey Lock
I can see the junction!
A bit further...
What a relief, now we can relax and let the dog off for a wee!!
After nearly 4 hours continuous cruising downhill, Richard steered the boats into the welcoming arms of Torksey Lock.
Signpost giving directions to boating traffic leaving Torksey lock
The gates are already open, so we glide in behind the cruiser ( not the one on the left!)
The Fossdyke Canal - built by the Romans, this straight bit goes on and on and on....
Refilling the water tank and the other necessary ablutions, we set off in order to moor overnight in Saxilby. The life jackets are now officially back in the cupboard! Yehayy!
Saxilby - A lovely mooring if a bit noisy, with the occasional goods train and the constant traffic
Heading towards Lincoln the next morning, and the sky is a bit grey!
Yes, it can get a bit boring on the Fossdyke, so I figured out how to do a selfie on the new camera, scary monsters!!
Passing Burton Waters - we went in there once, years ago, with our horrible diesel guzzling engine. Went into the chandlery, came out, turned round and accidentally blew lots of black exhaust fumes over the beautiful very expensive bits of 'Tupperware' residing in there. Whoops! Hey we could go in there on a windy day with the butty, no perhaps not!
Approaching the outskirts of Lincoln, the plan was to drop me off after we had gone down the lock, I would jump on the train and get the car from Sawley, meeting Richard at Bardney later that day.
The Brayford Belle trip boat complete with a few sightseers aboard
Brayford Pool - where the River Witham meets the end of the Fossdyke
Still no moorings have been built along this un-utilised section of the Pool. Why do you not want boaters in your city Lincolnshire Council?? You don't give us room further back at the University, and not adequate outside the Waterside (and noisy). Please sort it out so we can jump off our boats and spend lots of cash in your shops!!!
Approaching the entrance to the Glory Hole...on a short snubber line, this could be interesting!
The Glory Hole ahead dating from c.1160! taking the boats under Lincoln's High Street
Luckily no boats coming the other way!
Millennium Sculpture ahead opposite the marketplace. Moorings on the left, but difficult for the boater to get on and off with the railings.
Leaving this busy section, we go under the wide road bridge out of the city
Nearing the end of my cruising for today, I helped Richard down the lock at Stamp End, made a quick bacon butty and left him to navigate (breasted together) the remaining few miles to Bardney.
Washingborough moorings - quiet and usually easy to get in, like this day! The old train station, now a house, is all that remains of the old track which ran all the way to Boston
Lincoln Cathedral in the distance under a lot of cloud
Moored and waiting for me at Bardney Village moorings
So now we are back in the shire, where our families are, catching up on errands, and Richard has just completed his first week at Bardney Sugar Beet Factory. All is well with the world....