(Lincolnshire folk know that "Lowering" means heavy clouds darkening the sky!)
Having rung CRT today on 03030 404040 after being redirected from the Newark office by a computer voice, we were assured that the Trent was fully open. Yvonne, the nice lady, even rang us back to confirm this, as I asked her to - but I was still doubtful, even though there was nothing shown in Stoppages, apart from a bit of building at Holme Lock.
No sun today, unfortunately! Cycling back along the towpath to the boat from Liana's mum's near Trent Bridge, we moved down to Meadow Lane Lock and onto the Trent. The canal is looking trendier each time we pass by, these days.
|Rejuvenating the Nottingham waterfront|
|Meadow Lane Lock and Trent Bridge|
|Crew have a decent pontoon on the river|
|The City Ground, beloved off Nottingham Forest fans. I went there during the Brian Clough glory days with Liana's dad, Eddie, a season ticket holder.|
Moral: Listen to the local CRT staff (while there are any!).
|More new building on the riverside|
|Don't mess with the Sea cadets!|
|Approaching Holme Lock - watersports on right, weir and building work on left|
|entrance to white water rapids beyond striped posts|
|Some large boats were moored above Holme Lock|
|John dressed to be warm(ish) and dry|
|The river cliffs at Radcliffe on Trent|
|Gunthorpe Lock. Amber means you operate it yourself. You need a CRT key.|
|The pontoon is a little exposed to the current when picking up crew ...|
Stopping at Fiskerton for Liana to catch a train to retrieve the car, we had a quick pint and coffee, respectively, at the Bromley Arms. Notice the mud still on the steps.
John carried on past Farndon Marina and the impressive power station and weir onto Newark Dyke, mooring in a secure area above the lock - so secure that he had to put nav lights and headlight on and cross the cut to pick up Liana when she arrived!
|The new power station|
|Newark Church in sight!|
|Passing Newark Marina in the dusk|
Next morning we were able to get someone to unlock a gate so we could leave the boat until the river is open - next Tuesday, they say ....... :/
|Secure mooring above Newark Town Lock|
|This is what's missing at Cromwell Weir!|