Thursday, 22 June 2017

Stanley Ferry

Here I am Rune
Distance 9.2 miles
Total 2763 Locks  130 Tunnels
Running total mileage 3738.7 miles 

And so here we are now out onto the Aire and Calder Navigation, we are clear of all of those short locks! We can start making proper plans for a trip away now that we are in a position of being fairly certain of getting to a marina to leave the boat securely whilst we are away. 

Our speed has picked up a little today since we have travelled a lot of it on rivers which are both wide and deep, the only fly in the ointment was the fact that the wind picked up a bit so some manoeuvres were unnecessarily difficult. A case in point was the service stop we made at Horbury Basin to empty the cassette. It is just a short piece of canal under a bridge and once in there, there is little hope of turning around so reversing out was necessary. As one might expect the wind was blowing in completely the wrong direction to be of any assistance.

Tomorrow we press on, hopefully as far as Knottingley.

The end of the Calder and Hebble canal at Fall Ings Lock (full).....

......and empty......

...and the view from the River Calder

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