First bit of free fuel…. I know, we’re starting small!
Barrow is a good spot for a stop-over, plenty of pubs and shops, but TV reception is poor nearer the lock. In fact I gave up with the aerial and managed to find a gap to the satellite through the trees. Doug and James recommended an SLX Megaboost aerial, apparently they’ve always got a signal with theirs, so I’ve bought one, it’s winging it’s way to Dad’s as we speak. The old one is 7 years old, and looking a bit battered, having been tangled up in trees and squashed under low bridges so maybe it’s time for a replacement anyway.
There’re some pleasant walks across the meadows around the village, too.
The weir stream above Barrow Boating
We always used to try to moor on the short length of piling alongside the bridge, but this stretch has been leased to Barrow Boating now for permanent moorings.
Our old favourite Barrow mooring.
The site was once occupied by a flour mill, in fact a mill was recorded here in the Domesday Book of 1086. The last mill buildings were demolished in 1938.
The most recent Barrow Mill
(Photo courtesy of http://www.barrowuponsoarheritage.org.uk)
Today’s view, taken from much the same spot, is rather different!
Moorings for private and day-hire boats take up the mill basin, but the mill races are still there, used for driving the undershot mill-wheels.
Mill race at Barrow Mill
The left-hand building in the early picture would have stood above this one.
A good 500 yards from the navigation channel, near the river loop, sits a boat that has been there for as long as I can remember.
The only way it could have got here is on the river around Proctors Park and Quorn, unless it was left high and dry after a flood. The Soar does get a little bloated on occasion….
So, we set off late after an idle morning, down Barrow Deep Lock and under Soar Bridge, back onto the river.
Soar Bridge, the river comes back in from the left
Less than a mile downstream we pulled in, just below Pillings Flood Lock, so I could cut up the branch. We’re getting short of solid fuel, you see. Lighting the fire at night has eaten into the one bag we had left over from last winter, and we can’t get any till we go into Pillings Lock Marina on Friday.
By the time we’d had lunch, and I’d had a stroll down by the weir with Meg, it was looking a bit showery, so we decided to stay put.
Moored near Pillings
Anyway, there’s a fallen tree in the undergrowth back of the boat which might just have my name on it when it stops raining….
Hi, Lesley, Jill, thanks for the comments, but you really mustn’t encourage Mags. Bubbly, donuts and cushions, and a spiral staircase indeed! Although the staircase is a good idea…. if only I could make it folding to go through narrow bridges and tunnels!
Peter, Jennifer, once in a lifetime is enough, thank you! Have a good winter/summer, we’ll look out for you next year. Give our regards to Dave when you get to Uplands.
Doug, James, this aerial had better be good! Looking forward to seeing you later in the month.
Oh, and I can’t finish today without mentioning George and Carol selling their lovely NB Rock’n’Roll.
Well built, well spec’ed and well looked after, it’s a fine boat.
They’re buying a
No more wintering on the Llangollen, then! We’ll just have to come down the GU to find you.
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