Friday, 23 September 2011

Summer Autumn Cruise 2011 (5-5)

Friday September 23rd

Elland Lock to Kirklees Top Lock
Day 33

Under way by 9am in company with Nb Buttercup with crew members Paul and Shirley.

The weather was brighter than it has been for some time. The sun when it broke through was quite warm. But it was a day for wearing a coat at the tiller. We stopped in Brighouse Basin for the Memsahib to take on board more provisions from the nearby Waitrose supermarket. We had a wander around the town centre and visited a few other shops. Brighouse has what I call a Mill Town feel about it. Weathered stone built buildings with mullioned windows and what seems to be the remnants of a medieval street layout can be seen.

Two hours later we were on our way again. We passed through Anchor Pit Flood Lock and entered the River Calder. Rosie loves deep water and she was in her element. As we cruised along we were hardly creating a ripple on the surface. Eventually we stopped for the day quite early at Kirklees Top Lock which has moorings for about three boats and is set in a very tranquil area. Sometime later a third boat arrived and the moorings were now full.

Two Shire Cruisers boats came up through the locks during the late afternoon. Later we had a meal (Memsahibs Curry) with Paul and Shirley and a good chin wag about our boat experiences. It is surprising to find that you have passed each other several times in the past without noticing.

What should have been a good night for bats proved to be a disappointment when no bats were detected at all between the lock and the motorway bridge..

Daily Total
Distance: 3.5 Miles.
Locks: 7
Swing / Lift Bridges: 0
Tunnels: 0
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 1925.4

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