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Silent Movement - Our gap year travelling the inland waterways

Saturday 20 August 2011

We left York about 9am on Thursday morning. It was high tide at 11.30am at Naburn so we would be leaving on a falling tide to get back to Selby lock and onto the Selby Canal once again.
It was a good journey down and into the lock with no real problems, just a little brush with the bushes on one bend trying to avoid all the debris floating in the river.
On the way down we spotted homes of various shapes and sizes, how about one of these?
Might suffer from rising damp!

Good river views
House of History
May be a boat, but not going far.
Needs some attention!
On Friday we set off from Selby at 9am and after 29 miles, 6 locks and 7 lift/swing bridges and just a quick stop for fish and chips at 7pm, we tied up at Long Sandalls lock at 8pm. The waterways are wide with big, long locks for commercial barges although not many use them now.
We passed a few villages, a working colliery and and a few power stations, but mostly quite flat countryside and farmland, with some harvesting going on.

So on Saturday we made a quick stop at Doncaster to visit the large markets, then moved on along the South Yorkshire Navigation towards Sheffield, stopping at Swinton for the night.
Today I found blackberries, crab apples, apples, a few plums, and elderberries. So tonight we had apple and blackberry crumble and I shall make hedgerow jelly with the rest.

13 miles, 6 locks.

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