We weren’t booked to go out onto the tideway at Cromwell Lock until 1 o’clock, so had a slow start to the day.
Newark Castle and Town Bridge on a sunny morning
It was 11:00 when we untied from the pontoon and set off to Nether Lock. I’d already called the lockie up on VHF so he’d set up ready for us.
Sara, as promised… This is the high-ish wall opposite the pontoons…
…and these are the pontoons, a bit quieter now that three boats have left this mooring.
Heading out of Newark
A green light for Nether Lock
It’s wise to call ahead here, the weir on the left has quite a pull, even in the currently low water conditions.
We were through the lock quickly, and rejoined the river at Crankley Point.
Under the A1
It’s about an hour from Nether Lock to Cromwell Lock. The river is getting quite wide now as it heads north.
North Muskham Church
There’s pontoon moorings here I forgot to mention yesterday, at Muskham Ferry Inn
What a contrast to yesterday. Even the anglers were smiling!
We arrived at Cromwell at around 12:15, plenty of time to fill the water tank, dispose of the rubbish and take Meg with me to stretch her legs up to the lock to chat to the lockie.
There were several craft waiting to head down, the cruisers were to go in the first batch, then the narrowboats in the second.
Our turn, and we’ve gained a cruiser. There’s always one…
Out on the tideway, looking back on the lock and large weir that claimed the lives of 10 young men from the 131 Parachute Squadron in 1975.
There’s something you don’t see every day – Mags on the tiller on the tideway, AND she’s wearing her lifejacket!
Wide open spaces…
The gravel barges have ceased to run up and down the river, and it’s the worse for it.
Besthorpe New Wharf lies deserted and forlorn, but at least it’s only moth-balled…
Unlike those further north.
The sky looked a bit ominous at one point, but it blew over without dumping on us.
The 72 hour moorings at Dunham Bridge are used more by anglers than boats.
Water skiing near Laneham
A tight U turn is negotiated before Torksey Cut appears on the right, just after the pumping station.
If it wasn’t for the sign you could go straight past!
Good, plenty of room on the pontoon below the lock
We’re staying here tonight, then catching the lunch time ebb tomorrow to carry us down to Keadby.
Locks 2, miles 21.