Saturday, 15 July 2017

Thursday 13 July St Neots Lock to Great Barford (9 miles 4 locks)

Thursday 13 July St Neots Lock to Great Barford (9 miles 4 locks)
leaving St Neots lock early

Crosshall Marina was all small cruisers

As we were on the end of the lock landing, we got up and went up the lock early and passed Crosshall Marina and Ouse Valley River Club.

We moored for water and a visit on the excellent floating pontoon by the Priory Centre,by St Neots Bridge.

St Neots church
the Priory Centre moorings had water

Opposite were decent public moorings with pilings, both sides of the bridge. St Neots town centre was busy, with a Thursday market. We were impressed with the town centre church, outside and in, with lovely stained glass windows.

After sandwiches on board, we set off in sunshine, Liana busy with puzzles and watching Wimbledon, John enjoying the river. We squeezed in Eaton Socon Lock with friendly folk on a cruiser.

Annie passed four busy weed cutting and collecting workboats.
Weed Collector

Weed Cutter

Approaching Tempsford Bridge, we saw brown and cream NB Mr Heron, once at Torksey. The old Tempsford Bridge contrasted with the concrete A1 bridge.

looking back through Tempsford Old Bridge at the new A1 bridge

Passing an orange lifeboat, we operated the four gates at Roxton Lock (no guillotine gate)

Annie below Roxton Lock

Rowers were active at Great Barford Lock. We moored on the village green moorings, opposite the GOBA moorings 490,492, 493, 497.
below Great Barford Lock

moored on the village green at Great Barford, by the pub

the view down river from Great Barford Bridge
Johanna Konta lost at Wimbledon, sadly.

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