Saturday, 2 June 2012

End of Navigation.

Leaving Sawley on Tuesday morning we went down Sawley lock on to the River Trent. The lock is operated by electric and has a lock keeper at times,however,on Tuesday I had to operate it myself. After a short cruise down the Trent we turned left and into Trent lock. As look would have it a boat was leaving the lock as we turned in. Having raised our selves up the lock we moored at the visitor moorings. We were finally on the Erewash canal. As we were sat out in the sun we had a conversation with a man who had been a lock keeper at Cranfleet lock and was now retired and living on his boat at the start of the Erewash. First thing Wednesday morning we left our mooring and headed up the canal. We had a good morning as we were helped through the first two locks by two British Waterways workers, then arriving at the third lock we found it set ready for us. We moored for the night at Sandiacre at a nicely landscaped mooring,it's only fault was it was right next to a rather busy road. Dispite that we had a good nights sleep. Leaving Sandiacre on Thursday morning we did another three locks,the locks on the Erewash are double locks with very heavy gates each one had to be emptied as we came to it and to make matters worse we had to unlock and relock the paddles with our anti vandal key. Our second day took us to the edge of Ilkeston where we moored next to the cricket pitch for the night. Friday was a long day by comparison to the first two with eight locks in five mile which took us to Langley Mill the end of the Navigation. We turned and moored at the visitor moorings in the Great Northen Basin. There are two supermarkets close by so we shopped for the weekend food. Today we took the bus into Nottingham for a look round,very busy but a good modern centre complete with a modern tram system.

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