Sunday, 27 August 2017

Sykehouse Junction

Here I am Rune
Distance 6.6 miles
Total 2811 Locks  130 Tunnels
Running total mileage 3981 miles 

Once again a fairly short hop from Old Whitley Bridge down here to Sykehouse Junction. The weather, most unusually for a Bank Holiday weekend, was superb. I now have slight tanning to both my feet and legs again. With only a couple of locks to do today, the rest was just along wide and straight canals, none of which were particularly challenging. We managed to pass through the first lock with 4 other narrow boats (they seem to travel in flotillas up here) which made it a whole lot easier, in fact we didn’t have to do very much at all since the lock was worked by the crew of one of the other boats.
The second lock we had to work ourselves although on this occasion we waited for three other boats that were behind us to catch up rather than wasting water.
The overnight mooring here at Sykehouse Junction is ideal, we are alongside Southfield Reservoir so I was able to watch a fleet of dinghies sailing earlier today, there is plenty of wildlife (principally geese) and we seem to be quite a long way away from any road noise.

I think that tomorrow we will go as far as Bramwith Swing Bridge where there are possible moorings and a Sanitary Station and leave arriving back in Thorne until Tuesday.

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