Saturday 1 May Stainforth to Sprotbrough
A bright clear morning saw John cooking liver and bacon, after which we set off happily to Bramwith bridge and Lock, which we shared with some friendly boaters who are heading our way, to Mexborough. A volunteer and their two menfolk did the honours, so Liana enjoyed the rest and thanked them!
As we passed the Strawberry Island Boat Club, there was a huge floating crane mending the bank opposite, between the navigation and the River Don. The members we chatted to as we passed carefully said they were glad to see fellow boaters travelling again.
We moored for lunch at the Doncaster Basin visitor moorings near the cathedral, after which we ascended the huge Town Lock, in the shadow of huge, low railway and road bridges, to join the main River Don.
Passing tree and flotsam choked weirs, we continued upstream into the countryside towards Sprotbrough, the scenery getting prettier.
Once we ascended the lock there, we stopped for an ice cream by The Boat Inn, watched by sightseers, then moored opposite at this popular mooring, beside picnicking cruiser crews on the weir island. We may investigate the local walks tomorrow.