Thursday, 25 August 2011

Summer Autumn Cruise 2011 (1-4)

Day 4 Bulholm Lock to Clarence Dock Leeds
Thursday 25th of August 2011.

The rain overnight was very heavy and drummed us awake on the roof several times in the night. It was continuing still with light rain at 9am. There are contractors demolishing the old chemical plant and they like to start early!!! Just before we set off Gravel Barge Battlestone passed us going upstream with a light load because of the low water levels. We steadily motored up to Castleford Flood lock where we topped up the water tank again. About an hour up the River Aire from Castleford the sun broke through and the day warmed up.

Just above Knostrop lock held a surprise in the form of a Submarine shaped narrowboat. As far as we could see there were no windows so the interior must require lighting at all times. Whilst I can see the fun element in owning such a boat. I can't see the practicalities of owning one other that improved security through a lack of windows. Each to their own.

Arrived at Clarence Dock at 5pm in the afternoon and found quite a few empty visitor moorings. Quite a tight turn into the dock when when coming up stream. The sanitary station is located down stream of the dock near the armouries car park. Toilet pump outs are available at the sanitary station you need to use the separate mooring for access..

Daily Total
Distance: 10 Miles.
Locks: 6
Swing / Lift Bridges: 0
Tunnels: 0
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 1795.6

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