Poor weather yesterday decided us to stay in Rodley for another day. It’s about time we had a day off anyway, we’d cruised everyday since leaving Mountsorrel on the Soar on the 1st! Must be some kind of record for us. Had a walk around the village, but there’s not much here.
Moored at Rodley
Moved off today, but only planning a short trip, as I’d arranged for the engine to have a service at Apperly Bridge Marina (Calder Valley Marine). We got off early though, so we could get there by 9, as Paul the engineer had rearranged his workload to fit us in.
While he was busy I had a walk up the hill to Sainsburys, and then we got under way again not much before 12. An expensive couple of hours, but we’ve got a full tank of diesel, a new gas bottle and a top box for the roof, for all those items that won’t fit in the boat. You’ll see it on the next batch of photos. We had to trial fit it to make sure Mags could see over the top! It just needs painting now. Probably blue to match the boat.
I’m a bit paranoid about swing or lift bridges on busy roads, so was glad to be past Millman swing bridge, then up through Dobson 2 rise locks, a couple of minor swing bridges and then Field locks, a 3 rise staircase. We moored soon after the locks, in a wooded section with the Aire in the valley below and calves grazing in the field opposite.
Locks 5, miles 4, bridges 3.