Post for Tuesday 12th August
|David demonstrates use of the unique Calder & Hebble hand spike.|
|Potential hazard - large overhanging walkway that boat can catch under as it rises.|
|Flood lock - gates normally open to boat traffic.|
|Attractive pair of typical locks - closely space in this case.|
|A closer look at hand spike mechanism - opposite gate has conventional paddle.|
|Overnight mooring yields yet another full rainbow.|
I was rather taken by the C&H, but as I watched boats that were anything like the important 57 to 60 foot length try to use the locks, without filling one end or the other with water, I was immensely grateful that Chalice is only 50 feet.
Brighouse provided a good place to end the day, although the visitor moorings we used are a bit unusual, being in a short wide pound in a short flight of locks. There are two good full sized supermarkets here, so when we forgot some items in one, we were then able to sample the other.
Wakefield to Brighouse (Calder & Hebble Navigation)
Miles: 15.5 (Chalice), 0 (Sickle), Locks: 15
(not counting about 8 sets of flood gates or locks, normally left open)
Total Miles: 561.5, Locks: 312