Sunday, 3 July 2016

Returning from Naburn Lock to Knottingley via Tidal Ouse, Selby Canal and Aire!

3 July 2016 Swift progress! Naburn Lock to Knottingley
Annie moored above Naburn Lock on visitor moorings

Alarm clock woke us for a. 7.30 locking down from Naburn Lock onto the tidal Ouse, along with new companions NB Marge (Steve and Mary), NB Jennifer, and NB Spruce Goose from Ripon Motor Boat Club.
NB Marge entering lock after NB Jennifer and Annie

Steve and Mary on Marge

NB Spruce Goose and NB Jennifer behind Annie in the large Naburn Lock

leaving Naburn Lock

Half the twelve miles to Selby, we stemmed the tide, until after Cawood Bridge the ebb took down with it.
Retford & Worksop Boat Club plus AWCC penants on our much welded Z-bar

Spruce Goose passing Annie, with Marge ahead

Mary and Steve on Marge
Cawood Bridge: You pass on the west side of the control cabin, both ways


John and Spruce Goose both alerted the Selby lock keeper by VHF, as we reached Selby. Turning below Selby Lock, we entered it after Spruce Goose, who had set the pace. Lock keeper Fred saw six boats up the lock, most of which moored up.
Liana steering

John after passing under the two Selby bridges at speed, with the ebb tide!

Selby wharves

passing Selby Lock before turning, checking gates open

Spruce Goose about to enter lock

Annie turning to face the flow and stem the tide as Spruce Goose enters Selby Lock
Steve and Mary on Marge, plus Jennifer, in Selby Lock after a safe journey on the tidal Ouse

widebeam Swallow's Nest followed us down the Ouse

Annie moored on the visitors moorings at Selby basin
We could not sort a mooring for a week with CRT, as it was Sunday, so decided to enjoy the sunny weather and continue down the Selby Canal to West Haddlesey flood lock onto the River Aire. Perch, myriads of turquoise may flies, dragonflies and yellow Irises adorned the canal, apart from the pond weed and blanket weed which covered the shallow edges. We passed under lovely stone bridges and three siphon type aqueducts before locking up a few inches onto the Aire.
looking back at Selby swing bridge

leaving Selby

Liana enjoying the sun

Dishforth Landing - a quiet 48 hour country mooring

one of the three unusual syphon conduits under the canal

leaving west Haddlesey Lock for the trip up the Aire

Water Ski Club were busy this Sunday

this waterskier whizzed passed us with style!

sometimes only the propeller was in the water!

Beal Lock and its low weir
Five sunny beautiful miles to Beal Lock followed, then a few more to come off the river at Bank Dole Lock, Knottingley.
Beal Lock

Liana closing the large bottom gates

Kellingley Colliery, now closed

approaching Bank Dole Lock

reversing after dropping off Liana, to enter the lock

lots of vegetation!
Once onto the Aire and Calder Navigation, we soon moored by the Steam Packet pub, where Hobgoblin Ale went down well with John, who found it helped him to write this blog! Cheers!

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