It’s the same old story, loving our chosen life has come before writing blogs and editing photographs to accompany the posts! We haven’t forgotten you all though and we’re getting on the case again despite being just over two weeks behind …
Firstly we’ll take you back to Goole and Barry’s journey from there to Leeds, with a few minor hiccoughs on the way.
Over to Barry and his ingenious photography and wise quips …
You do have to pass a lot of disused boats on the way out of Goole.
The canal is nice and straight, wide and deep, which makes for good motoring and the locks are all mechanised so very easy on your own.
The dismantled Kellingley Colliery at Knottingley, with its interesting though strangely redundant sign.
A few different views of the Ferrybridge Lock with power station behind.
I’d been told the River Aire was up by 13′, so wasn’t surprised to find it nearly flowing into the canal.
No sign of the river level gauge at all!
… and the power station.
… and the power station. which was closed down in May 2016, and is due for demolition soon.
The following day …
(Day 2) The light was still on red so I went and checked the level which had dropped down nearly five feet, and now had the top of the gauge showing but still too high.
(Day 3) It only dropped a further foot, so was still well in the red.
(Day 4) Woke up with the light on orange. So checked the river gauge which was still in the red and no sign of any amber, or of the lock keeper.
I consulted with the other two boaters who’d turned up the previous day, and agreed to all go together with Areandare last if the others needed help.
The current was fairly strong and took a bit of pushing, but no real issue!
The strangely shaped Castleford Lock. Not much of a rise but painfully slow to fill.
Lemonroyd Lock – I believe the largest lock on the system, at 200′ long by 20′ wide and a drop of 13′ 6″, there is a vast amount of water used on each filling (approx 1.6 million litres).
I moored on the outskirts of Leeds below Knostrop Lock, hoping to be able to spend two nights in Clarence Dock over the weekend. Above is the new space age looking weir on the river beside the lock.
Suddenly Leeds Lock is barely long enough to get the 60′ 2″ of Areandare in!
Sandra arrived back on board on Saturday 7th April, and re-joined me on the mooring I finally found on the River Aire, by Brewers Wharf.