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Saxilby to Newark (27 miles, 3 locks)

So much for catching the tide!  9feet of 'fresh' water coming down from Cromwell Lock 17 miles up river.  Arriving at Torksey, we were advised on the next best tide dates for travelling up the tidal section of the River Trent.  18 days later!!
So we had a couple of days moored at Torksey and then returned to Saxilby 5 miles away.

Walking back to get the car - bridge over to the Fossdyke Canal

First on the list was a 15 mile walk to Bardney via the Fossdyke Canal, through Lincoln and following the River Witham to collect the car.

Lister the lurcher striking a lonely figure on our walk to Bardney

View from the bridge over Broadgate looking up at the cathedral

Completely crippled with blisters and muscle pain, we collected the car and drove back to Saxilby.

So with the 'lonely lurcher' in our minds we resumed our search for a companion for Lister.

Our new ex racing greyhound towers over Lister!

Brambleberry Greyhounds  (affiliated to the Retired Greyhound Trust) showed us 3 likely dogs when we went for a visit and Reilly chose us by leaning and looking so sorry for himself, we had no choice!

Inseparable already!

We have rehomed a lovely 'blue' 18 month old neutered male who was retired due to lack of enthusiasm when trialled for racing.

Great when we find a field where the boys can safely run around.  The muzzle is worn as a precaution when other small furry animals are about.  

He has had to learn how to live with people, housetraining, a new name (Boss lacked charisma), commands, heating and he's learning fast!

Sign for the 'tidal' Trent  

A window in the weather allowed us to go back to Torksey.  On the lockkeeper's advice, we dropped down through the lock onto the river for an 8am sail the following morning.  A big tide was predicted.

Moored on the river with Les on Country Rose on the end of the pontoon

Our friend ex lifeboatman (like my dad!) Les and his dog Pepe, joined us for the voyage, on his boat Country Rose.  It was anticipated to be a sleety/snowing one.

View across the field to Torksey Castle

The river went down in the evening by over a metre and then rose quickly from about 7.45 the next morning, so we untied and went with it!

Cromwell lock  with the large weir to the left - a welcome sight!

5 and half hours later, we arrived at Cromwell lock!  This journey usually takes around an hour less, but the volume of water coming down river was overwhelming.

Safely moored in Kings Marina in Newark, we plan to stay until the water subsides

Richard had wanted me to stay inside the boat with the dogs, as Reilly was not versed in travelling by narrowboat and could get quite stressed.  Actually, he was fast asleep for most of the lengthy journey!

Buddies for life!

Richard is planning on doing some work on the engine whilst we are captive in the marina and I shall carry on creating some more bits for the gift shop.

'Chamberlain Carrying Co.'s' official watercan for the top of the boats

2015 - The Voyage Begins.... Bardney to Saxilby (15 miles, 1 lock)

So now that the sugar 'campaign' has finished at Bardney, our time here is redundant.

Looking south from Bardney Lock and a flooded river Witham.

Looking east towards the river joining us from it's diversion around the island and very flooded!

About a week ago, we encountered a bit of flooding below the lock at Bardney.  When high tide is due at Boston, the sluices there are closed, meaning that water coming from Lincoln has nowhere to go, except back up.  The other year, a high spring tide and flood water, resulted in a devastatingly flooded Boston.

Setting off in the fog on Wednesday morning, butty midstream, waiting for a tow

Tony, Tam and Emily, see us off as we cast off for the last time on this stretch of water

Securely attached to the 35' line, I am now 'independent' of the motor boat, so I have to steer the butty, but at his mercy on speed and stopping!

So Wednesday morning, we set off from Bardney Visitor Moorings, where we have had 2 months Winter Moorings. heading for Saxilby on the first leg of our journey.

My entourage travelled alongside for quite a way!

Fiskerton Visitor Moorings

The metal sculpture of ears of corn, frame the tarmaced cycle path (old railway line) which used to run between Lincoln and Boston

The fog or heavy mist which surrounded us, took most of the morning to clear, but there was no wind, making steering the boats easy.  We slowed for a hot drink midstream, by the butty slipping alongside the motor and passing the new brew across.  Then Richard reattached the line as he pulled forward.  Normal progress resumed.

5 Mile Bridge - signifying the distance to Lincoln 

Lincoln Cathedral - looking resplendent now the fog has lifted and the sun is shining

Last bridge before the lock

Stamp End Lock - a guillotine lock, thankfully key operated

There was a huge amount of rubbish in the lock (normal for this city lock) and lots of ice which made entering a little slow.  Once the guillotine started to open a bit, the ice soon broke up, but we had to watch the rubbish around the prop.

Topside - linking the line back on the butty

Snaking towards Lincoln town centre

Quite a low bridge going under the main road, good job I didn't have my tall chimney on!

Another sculpture framing the waterway outside the shopping centre

Floating Tearoom with lots of customers aboard!

Approaching the 'Glory Hole' - passes under Lincoln's pedestrianised High Street

The wonderful architecture going back centuries - quite low and narrow as well!

Leaving the central part of Lincoln

Entering the Brayford Pool - university and private moorings on the left... 

businesses and Odeon on the right

Lots of space on the right, why this hasn't been used as Visitor Moorings, we have no idea. Prime moorings for people wanting to spend money in Lincoln! A tiny VM has been put outside the pub as you enter the 'Pool' and there is a small length further out of Lincoln if you don't mind walking.  Not really adequate for a forward thinking prosperous Lincoln, but I say this every time we come through here don't I?

Just past the VMs on the left, outskirts of the city


Looking back at Lincoln, now we are on the Fossdyke Canal

Burton Waters - private marina.  Moorings with accompanying houses/flats, or should that be the other way around?

Typical Roman construction!

Moored at Saxilby, just as it gets dark

We welcomed in the New Year at Saxilby and moved off for Torksey yesterday to wait for the river Trent to behave.  Our plans for this season begin with a total reconstruction of the cabin on Echoes (the butty) at PJ Barber at Sheetstores, followed by our first festival at Foxton at Easter.  Can't wait!!