After having been duly assessed for fitness for the climb by a church warden we were allowed up into the tower.
I wonder how many people have used this key to the tower?
The vista from the tower didn’t disappoint…
Nearly 180º panorama looking generally east
The Haven, the tidal River Witham heading down from Boston Grand Sluice to the Wash.
The tide’s on the way out.
Looking upstream on the river
The Grand Sluice…
…and our boats.
The Council Offices occupy this fine building.
David on the way down
St. Botolph’s was begun in 1309, but not completed in it’s present form till 200 years later. The tower is 272 feet 6 inches high, but the viewing level is only two thirds of the way up, reached by a 209 step spiral staircase.
We got back to the boats mid-afternoon, time to take the dogs for a walk around the local country park after their confinement, then I had to make a last grocery run to Asda before the cruising guests arrived. Yarwood and What a Lark both have two more crewmembers, I’m not sure about Clarence but sadly our intended extra hand couldn’t make the revised date.
I think that’s everyone…
Thanks everyone for the good wishes for the trip, it’s looking good now. Light winds and a sunny day. Couldn’t be better.
Oh, and Valerie’s maiden trip. Mags has christened her new wheelchair Valerie after a good friend who also has offered invaluable support in the past. It (she!) had her first outing today and behaved admirably. The pusher needs a bit more practice though!
No pics, sorry.
Early night tonight, I reckon.
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