Tuesday, 29 August 2017

14 August through Wellingborough to Northampton Washlands

14 August towards Northampton
Leaving our pleasant lakeside mooring behind, we soon passed under the railway viaduct and paused in Wellingborough. While the others shopped, John emptied holding tanks and chatted to a gentleman who remembered the grain barges unloading at Whittons mill opposite, many years ago.

approaching Wellingborough Lower Lock

checking water quality
The services block was closed, but John used a nearby park toilet to empty the holding tanks, which do not contain any chemicals, just raw poop!
Whittons Mill, Wellingborough

Upper Wellingborough Lock

Doddington Lock
Past lots of campers, chalets and moorings, we eventually reached Northampton Boat Club, where we saw our friends' Chris's and Elaine's boat Jophina II moored up while they spend time at home.

Jophina II at Northampton Boat Club, which had welcoming signs

Passing through the flood gate, we moored on the Northampton Washlands EA pontoon close by. The distant hum of road traffic did not spoil the tranquil beauty.
the Washlands are a large flood relief area below Abington Lock, Northampton

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