Monday 3 May Mexborough to Long Sandall
(8 miles, 3 locks)
We got up to a cloudy but not rainy morning, and saw the flashing blue lights of a fire engine coming carefully along the towpath opposite towards nearby Mexborough Bottom Lock. We hoped no one was hurt. They soon departed, and we approached the lock, where we found out from the lock Volunteer that it was the classic cat stuck up a tree scenario!
The weather stayed dull but dry, and John was dressed in wet weather gear, so we enjoyed the three mile journey back past Conisbrough Viaduct and Castle to Sprotbrough. Liana was keen to continue while it remained dry, so we made our way the three miles downriver past the tree-strewn weirs to Doncaster Town Lock.
We passed the prison walls, hidden by lots of fresh-leaved trees, as we approached Doncaster.
Passing through with a small cruiser, the lock dwarfed us both. They turned into the town basin just below the lock, but unfortunately the visitor mooring was occupied, so we decided to go down to just above Long Sandall Lock, two miles beyond Strawberry Island.
The rain started as we approached Long Sandall, and was soon pouring down for the rest of the night.