The reason we have come to Sawley is that we have a few commitments over the rest of April. It started with me dashing down to London to move our daughter back to Hull for her new job back in her home town. London is a great place to visit, but I think after a few years I think you know whether you will be staying or not. No.1 daughter has seen the light and come back to our form of sanity.
When we arrived we moored up on the visitor moorings quite easily, despite the breeze blowing down the cut that would be on the beam as we backed onto the short pontoon. The visitor berths are on the cut side rather than in the lagoons of the marina. It is nice to watch the world passing.
We are just between the flood gates and the boat club. Our first night we decided to wander to the Lock Keepers Rest by the paired Sawley Locks, down past the visitor moorings on the tow path side.
It is in the lock keepers cottage that was sold off to an ex keeper. It was just about derelict when they bought it but they opened a coffee shop whilst they refurbished. The other end of the building was empty so in the end they opened a micropub. It is great. They have their work life balance right as they don't open all the time. The beers are LocAle from nearby breweries. It is what the name says, a micropub so not that much room, but I would really recommend a visit when it is open and you are in the area.
I had driven to Aston Marina to pick up the car, and then to London. I night in London to load the car and to clean the old flat and then back up to Hull. The next day back down to Sawley to get Helen and Macy. Tonight we walked up to the White Lion which is the home of Old Sawley Brewery Co. It is about 15mins walk from the marina so if the Lock Keepers is shut then definitely head up to the White Lion.
One of the things I am going home for is to help at the Hull Beer Festival that is held in the Hull Minster. I great venue with about 180 beers to try. It has been good to get my eye in. Having looked at our schedule for our home visit, I am already looking forward to getting back to the boat for a rest!!!