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Friday, 27 June 2014

Back aboard.

After a previous blog about railways and canals sharing routes I thought I would just see how many times I actually crossed a canal on my trip back to the boat on a journey from Hull to Burton on Trent. It started off with a lengthy trip under the Humber Bridge and along the Humber Estuary. Not strictly crossing canals but such good views I have included it. The first canal we crossed was actually the Market Weighton Canal. We then cross the River Ouse that travels to Selby and York and onwards to Ripon. At Goole we crossed the Dutch River (River Don) that is tidal and then straight away the Aire and Calder Canal. Next comes the Stainforth and Keadby Canal at Thorne. We actually then crossed the River Don Navigation twice and then the River Don it's self three times.

River Don Rail bridges.

We then crossed the Dearne and Dove Canal that is disused at the moment just above Waddington's Yard at Swinton. After Sheffield the canal interactions reduce but you do get a glimpse of the new basin at Chesterfield where the completely restored Chesterfield Canal will terminate. 

Waqddington's Yard at the first Lock on the Dearne and Dove Canal.

M1 Motorway bridge on the Sheffield and Tinsley Canal. The railway bridge is just round the corner.

What the Chesterfield Basin will look like in the end.

After that there was a crossing of the Trent and Mersey just after Willington. Really a good way of passing a a two and a half hour train journey.

We decided to stop another night at Shobnall as the weather looked a bit wet. It worked well as a friend had just got home from Singapore and wanted to come to see us as we were so close to his home. We had a catch up and went to eat at the National Brewery Centre. I was a little disappointed when we walked in as they had a limited range of beer on tap. I settled for an Imperial IPA from Tower Brewery in Burton. It was very nice, as was the food. It was just right, better than pub grub, plenty of it and a good price. I would certainly recommend it if you are passing. I am looking forward to getting off and underway. It was great to get back to the boat and see my other girls. It is great to be back.

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