Debbi gives the final installment of her adventures in Yorkshire.
Overnight it was wet and very windy. The boat banged about on the mooring and woke us up at intervals. We slept late partially due to being disturbed by the wind but if I'm honest we had another cracking night in The Weavers, great food, a good chat with the locals, and a few drinks.
For completeness Simon did also visit the Brandy Wine in the village, which has an Indian restaurant upstairs in case you feel peckish after a pint.
We set off towards Sowerby Bridge after midday with the wind still blowing hard, blowing yet more leaves into the canal. Progress was slow as we repeatedly had to clear the prop. At one point we became convinced there was something on the prop and Simon bravely volunteered for our first and only trip down the weed hatch this trip. Fortunately it was clear, just leaves impeding our cruising.
All too soon we reached Tuel Lane lock to find Billy the lock keeper on duty fishing endless nets full of fallen leaves out of the canal. We waited for another hire boat to join us for the ride down the deepest broad lock in England.
Down we went, inch by inch until 19 foot 8 and half inches later the huge gates could be opened. Billy sped off to set the next lock for us so we pootled through the tunnel underneath the road junction which was one of the main blockages on the route of the Rochdale Canal before restoration.
This canal was finally reopened in 2000 after a long campaign by the Rochdale Canal Society, supported by the local authorities, and the Canal & River Trust, aided by Millennium Commission funding.
Billy very kindly worked the final two locks for us making it the easiest bit of cruising on this holiday. Moored up on the Sowerby Bridge visitor mooring around the corner from our hire base ready to hand our boat back tomorrow. Time to clean the boat and pack. How quickly the time has passed, I want to do it all over again!
Last date edited: 23 October 2015
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