A wet night and morning, but a misty view of the hills and Barrowford reservoir. We used binoculars to view a distant farm straw fire on the hill opposite. It may have been a mistake to set off, as Liana found the stone cobbles around the locks slippery. A couple of volunteers helped at one lock, while John helped with shutting top gates and opening bottom gate paddles, before getting back on the boat, as we were going downhill.
|Annie entering Barrowford top Lock|
|Descending Barrowford Locks, slippery in the rain: M65 in the distance|
|passing through Nelson|
|Reedley Marina - a surprising number of boats|
|Annie moored on Burnley Embankment|
|Burnley Fc's ground Turf Moor seen from the embankment|
|shelter and a pub - what not to like? :P|
Wednesday August 10 East Marton through Foulridge to above Barrowford locks
Leaving the rough but sheltered East Marton moorings behind, we continued along the long scenic pound around the hillsides, enjoying the sun and the views. We had a walk around Foulridge village before trying the Cafe Cargo on the wharf – ok. After waiting for an oncoming boat and a green light, we passed through the dripping 1650m Foulridge Tunnel to moor above Barrowford Locks and enjoy the view. The rain started soon after, so it was a good decision: Olympics viewing again – we enjoyed it all, especially the 7-a-side Rugby ….. Come on, Great Britain!
Tuesday August 9 Gargrave to East Marton(4 miles, 9 locks)
Liana's Birthday today! I sang Happy Birthday, as did Joanna on the phone, later. We had pain au raisin before setting out, following two boats up the remaining two Gargrave Locks, Steg Neck Lock plus the six Bank Newton locks. Thankfully, NB Sweetpea arrived and came up all nine locks with us, sharing the work – thank you!! We have moored on the following beautiful stretch before, but strong winds, coolness and clouds made it a little less pleasant.
|John after a good meal at |East marton|
|a well-fed Liana|
|sheltered, pleasant but rather rough mooring at East marton|
Monday August 8
After travelling up from home after celebrating Liana's birthday with the family, we shopped and ate in Skipton Morrisons, before driving to Annie at Gargrave. Unpacking, parking the car and doing a few jobs left us weary, so we read in the afternoon sun. Liana watched Countdown, Tipping Point and Pointless. We watched the Olympics later.