Post for Monday 11th August
|"Please can I be involved in some small way?"|
|The Aire & Calder locks make a narrow boat look very small,|
|These really are very big locks.|
|Will take a boat 200 feet long, and 20 feet wide, according to the guide.|
|On some parts river levels were just into the yellow/amber.|
No, they expect you to help them, and not all the staircases have keepers, so you need to learn from them while you have the chance.
We also told them basic rules for double staircases, to open ground paddles before gate paddles, to use the ratchets when winding up, and suggested that on such a windy day they might need their ropes in a hurry, so perhaps the tangle in the front well deck and the centre line wrapped around the chimney should be tidied up.
At this point we need to confess, or rather I do. Before we set off on this whole trip Alan had asked if we were going on any rivers, and did we need an anchor. No, I had said, I don't think so, but I forgot to check. At the end of the Leeds & Liverpool canal you head out onto the River Aire, and then, to get back onto the canal system, you turn right onto the River Calder. It's not far, a day's journey, some 12 miles, and it is canalised river, so there are locks. But, we are very cautious boaters, and we didn't have an anchor, because I'd told Alan we wouldn't be going on rivers.
|Seriously strong wind alone caused these waves.|
The locks on the river are huge, but they fill and empty through electrically operated sluices, which control the amount of flow, so they are not a problem - most of the time.
|Those waves again.|
|CRT's works at Stanley Ferry where new lock gates get built.|
|One of many rainbows seen over recent days|
In the evening Alan and I consulted the Nicholson guide and the Internet, and headed off a half mile to the Fernandes Brewery Tap. We ended up passing a series of dodgy looking avenues, then went down the final one. At the end of the alley was a door, leading up two flights of steps, where we found a 'real gem'. There was a problem however, we had brought Alan's laptop to be able to do the pictures for the blog - and Alan had left his glasses on the boat. So, he checked what I had typed up, and selected photos, while wearing my glasses. I knitted, and every now and again I got my glasses back to check what I was doing.
Oh, and I needn't have worried about having to buy baggy jeans, I easily fitted into a size down on previously.
Leeds to Wakefield
Miles: 18.4 (Chalice), 0 (Sickle), Locks: 11
Total Miles: 546.0, Locks: 297