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Silent Movement - Our gap year travelling the inland waterways

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Fruitful Saxilby then onto the Chesterfield

First of all one last look at Lincoln.  The city makes the most of the navigation passing through, with lots of eating places along one side of Brayford Pool and the University on the other, then onto the river Witham and through the Glory Hole and the shops are alongside with some of the town’s oldest pubs.

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The modern sculpture crossing the river and the Glory Hole with shops over the bridge.








We got to Saxilby at lunchtime, timed to get to the Fish & Chip shop, then afterwards a wander round the village.





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Motorbike and Sidecar envy – Remember commandment no.10.  We later saw a large dog riding in the sidecar.

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Alongside the canal were lots of cherry trees, couldn’t pass up the chance of a free bowlful of delicious sweet cherries.



We moored at Torksey for the night, ready for going out on the Trent today, the tide will be right at mid-day.

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First river sighting is the remains of Torksey castle.

Then the river is the river is the river for miles and miles, with high banks and not much other than power stations to see. At the start of our journey we were pushing against the tide, til about 1 o’clock when it turned and after about 10 miles we were whizzing by Gainsborough.

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The banks are high, and the old wharves, warehouses and mills have mostly been converted to apartments or offices.



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Once at East Stockwith, we passed the entrance to the lock, turned and slowly made our way against the tide and into the lock, just about made it in with no knocks or scrapes along with nb Mintaka who managed to sneak in before us!  They managed a clever turn before the lock and reversed back and then into the lock.




nb Wyrd waiting out on the river for the lock to be turned after we had gone up.



And so we are back on a quiet canal, the Chesterfield, we just worked up the 2 locks at Misterton, working up with a hire boat just leaving the basin. A family from Switzerland, very excited about being on the canal and doing locks.

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Friday and Saturday

Lincoln – Misterton, 28 miles, 4 locks

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