They left us at around 5, and I took advantage of the pleasant evening to wash and leather off the left cabin side, and also to scrub the waterline on that side. It’s stained following our transit of Harecastle Tunnel soon after applying the blacking. That ochre coloured water really soaks in…
The Fen is an artificial wetland created in depressions formed by the extraction of clay. The nature reserve is not very big, but there are a couple of Permissive Footpaths in the area for longer walks.
The water table is so effectively managed, with dykes criss-crossing the flat landscape, that most of the natural wetlands have dried out.
I said that Lincoln Cathedral dominates the area, lit up at night it’s still clear to see even from seven miles away!
OK, maximum zoom…
Worth remembering, the pontoon moorings above the lock have electric hook-up.
This is the last lock before Boston, still 22 miles away. The Witham valley has a very shallow slope.
Under the railway bridge.
The Lincoln to Boston railway, built in 1848 as a branch of the GNR, was responsible for much of the the decline of the navigation. In 1847 over 19,000 tons of coal came upriver, by 1854 this had dwindled to less than 4,000.
The river navigation still flows along under the wide fens sky as it has done for 1700 years, the railway closed in 1971 and is now a 33 mile long cycle way. Progress, eh.
Yarwood and Clarence were moored on the pontoon at Bardney Bridge so we joined them.
Bardney village moorings
Needing a bit of shopping I took my rucksack for a walk up into the village. The centre is about 10 minutes walk, and has a good butcher (today’s lunch and evening meal sorted) a small Co-op and Post Office. As well as ladies and gents hairdressers.
On operations from 1943 to 1945 85 aircraft failed to return from raids. That’s 492 young men…
The airfield ceased flying operations in 1951, then served as a missile base for ICBMs till it finally closed down in 1963.
Locks 1, miles 2¼