John woke up early and wrote up the blog while finishing a bun with egg Mayo breakfast. With overcast skies threatening rain, we set off steadily, past Freda’s Garden, the Steampacket pub mooring and out of Knottingley. Soon we arrived at Ferrybridge Flood Lock, in the shadow of power station, motorway bridge and the ancient three arched stone bridge which once carried the Great North Road over the River Aire.
The Aire is surprisingly wooded, serpentine and scenic most of the miles to Castleford, where we came up eight feet at Bulholme Lock onto Castleford cut, which takes boats past the scenic weir which you see from the river bridge you must cross on your way into town from the visitor moorings.
We quite enjoyed walking half a mile or so to the town centre shops and market stalls, noisy with Yorkshire folk, “four sirloin steaks for a tenner!”
We reached Annie just before the torrential rain started, very luckily, and enjoyed the exciting FA Cup final, won by the underdogs Leicester City, home of two of our three daughters.
Gary Linneker, tv pundit from Leicester, was overjoyed!