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Rivers & Canals Cruising Aboard my Narrowboat on the Rivers & Canals of England
2021 Gallery
Alkeny departed from the Nationwide Narrowboat Sales Boatyard at Thorne in South Yorkshire on Friday 5th March 2021 and passed through the lock from the Stainforth & Keadby Canal onto the River Trent at 0900-0930 the following day. High water was at 1213 on that day, so Alkeny should have had the flood tide helping her on her way towards our first overnight stop, at Torksey, but the fast flowing River Trent cancelled out any advantage. On the following day, Sunday 7th March 2021, we ascended the first River Trent lock, located at Cromwell, but then continued on to Newark-on-Trent where Kate, who had accompanied me since Keadby, disembarked. I then continued on to Hazelford Lock where I stopped for the night. Eventually after having been delayed by a lock closure for over a week I happily arrived in Mercia Marina late afternoon on Wednesday 17th March 2021. And so started my canal cruising life - the itinerary is available by clicking the button at the toolbar at the top of the page.
Awaiting passage through the lock to the River Trent First overnight stop on the River Trent Still in tidal waters Delayed for a week because a lock ahead is closed for repairs She accompanied me on the tidal stretch of the River Trent Ashore at sunrise to emplty the cassette! Home at last Almost home! He helped me between Sawley Cut and Mercia Marina Helped me between Sawley Cut and Mercia Marina Enterring the Nottingham Canal My new base and my new home - a beautiful environment My new base and my new home - a beautiful environment
Alkeny departed from the Nationwide Narrowboat Sales Boatyard at Thorne in South Yorkshire on Friday 5th March 2021 and passed through the lock from the Stainforth & Keadby Canal onto the River Trent at 0900-0930 the following day. High water was at 1213 on that day, so Alkeny should have had the flood tide helping her on her way towards our first overnight stop, at Torksey, but the fast flowing River Trent cancelled out any advantage. On the following day, Sunday 7th March 2021, we ascended the first River Trent lock, located at Cromwell, but then continued on to Newark-on-Trent where Kate, who had accompanied me since Keadby, disembarked. I then continued on to Hazelford Lock where I stopped for the night. Eventually after having been delayed by a lock closure for over a week I happily arrived in Mercia Marina late afternoon on Wednesday 17th March 2021. And so started my canal cruising life - the itinerary is available by clicking the button at the toolbar at the top of the page. My thanks to Kate, David and Steve for their invaluable assistance along the fast flowing River Trent and through the many locks on my first voyage. I learnt hugely from their knowledge and experience and much appreciated that they joined me.
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From the Stainforth and Keadby Canal to the River Trent One of a few bridges I had to operate single handed on my first day Shortly after leaving the Nationwide Naroowboat Sales Boatyard at Thorne Even bridges look pretty! Picture from my drone taken not far to the west of Willington in Derbyshire Decommissioned now but great for drone flying. There cooling towers are 90m high and the associated power station used up to 8,000 tons of coal a day! On the towpath of the Trent & Mersey Canal near Willington in Derbyshire That's all the internal projects done!