So I shrugged my shoulders, said please yourself and walked away. I don’t think I’ll be going back if that’s their attitude to customer service. It’d have been all the same if I’d wanted a new gearbox…
We set off in the sunshine at a little before 10:00, heading the half mile to Castle Lock.
As in most cities these days, the old and the new rub shoulders uncomfortably, in this case overlooked somewhat smugly by the castle perched on it’s sandstone bluff.
The current buildings on Castle Rock date from the 17th C, and these were extensively rebuilt following a fire in 1831. But there’s been a stone structure here since the 12th C, which replaced an earlier motte and bailey built after the Norman Conquest.
Castle Lock and Wilford Street Bridge.
Nottingham Magistrate’s Court, AKA The Justice Centre ( a bit Judge Dredd, that…) stands on a factory site, once served by a canal arm. The arm is now a water feature.
City living on the cheap?
There was a cluster of boats above Meadow Lane Lock, but none were heading down onto the river, and with one gate already open we took advantage of the opportunity to go straight down.
Meadow Lane Lock, down onto the Trent again
A fine day to be on the river
The completion date has been put back twice, it’s now supposed to be finished by the middle of September. The lock-keeper said he’s not holding his breath…
Leaving Holme Lock
From Holme to Stoke Lock it’s about 35 minutes, passing under the Nottingham to Grantham railway line at Netherfield Bridge.
The construction using iron, red brick and engineering brick is best viewed from downstream.
We had to hover in the lock cut for Stoke Lock to be readied for us, then were through and heading for Gunthorpe Bridge.
The local swans seem to like this outfall at Stoke Bardolph…
A lot of river…
The river carries an average of around 320,000,000 litres of water an hour down to the Humber estuary. In heavy weather in the winter this discharge can almost double. The Severn, in comparison, moves only another 60,000,000 on average, although it’s catchment area and length are both higher.
The Thames is considerably less, but it tends to be drier in the south…
Gunthorpe Bridge is the only road crossing between Nottingham and Newark, and there are good but popular pontoon moorings between the bridge and the lock. We’d hoped to get a slot here for the night, but looking through the bridge arch it appeared we were going to be unlucky…
But no, there was a spot on the inside, round the back.
That’s a relief. The next spot with narrowboat-height moorings is below Hazelford Lock, maybe 90 minutes away.
Although it’s stayed fine, we lost the sun to the encroaching clouds soon after lunchtime. On the water it was cool, jumper weather.
Our route will take us off the Trent at Keadby, and along to the New Junction Canal, passing along the Stainforth and Keadby. But there’s a problem on the latter at the moment, a failure of the swing bridge at Thorne Lock:-
“Stainforth & Keadby Canal
Starts At: Thorne Lock
Ends At: Thorne Lock Saturday 15 August 2015 16:00 until further notice Type: Navigation Closure
Reason: Structure failure
Original message:One of the swing bridge road barriers has broken away from the anchor post making the bridge inoperable. As the swing bridge needs to be operated in tandem with the lock, both structures are currently out of use. Our staff will be on hand from 10.00 till 16.00 tomorrow to assist boats through this lock and bridge. We will provide an update to this notice on Monday morning.”
No update yet though, guys… We’ll be there early next week.
Locks 4, miles 11½