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Day
Date
Activity
Engine
Hours
Miles
Total
Miles
Locks
Total
Locks
June  
Sa
3/6
Departed Ripon Marina at 9.27pm, fully provisioned, fuelled and watered, and moored up at Oxclose Lock, at the end of the Ripon Canal, ready for an early start down to York.
1658.7
0
0
0
0
Su
4/6
Cast off at 7am, arriving at York and mooring up between Scarborough Bridge and Lendel Bridge at 2.02pm
1666.3
27
27
4
4
Mo
5-7/6
Stayed on mooring in York for a couple of days.
Th
8/6
Moved down to Naburn, arriving there at 7.30pm
1669.0
6
33
0
4
Fr
9/6
Locked through onto the tidal Ouse at 8.35am, arriving at Selby and mooring up at 12.07pm
1672.6
14
47
2
6
Sa
10/6
Continues on down the Selby Canal onto the Aire and Calder and moored up between Bulholme Lock and the Castleford Junction flood lock.
1679.9
17.5
64.5
5
11
Su
11/6
Easy start - leaving at 11.25am - unusual for me when cruising. Waved at Lemonroyd Marina as we passed, and, after a four hour break at Woodlesford Lock, went on and moored up above Fishpond Lock at 7.30pm, ready for an early start to tackle Leeds.
1682.5
6
70.5
4
15
MO
12/6
7am start, with a short break at Leeds Armory, we arrived at Rodley Visitor Moorings at 2.54pm
1690.4
10
80.5
15
30
Tu
13/6
Departed Rodley at 7.25 and arrived at the bottom of Dobson Locks, but due to a 'Police Incident' - a body had been found floating in the lower chamber early that morning - we had to wait for an hour while the police investigated the scene. We were then helped through the lock under close police supervision and some of their muscle, while they checked for any other evidence as the lock was emptied. We were under the impression that 'foul play' was not suspected. We arrived at Saltaire at 1.15pm, where we took an hours break to do some shopping and Alison caught a train home. I continued on, stopping for the night below Bingley Five Rise at 5.15pm. I
1698.2
10
90.5
11
41
We
14/6
Had to wait a short time while the locks were prepared, and started the ascent at 8.25am. Arrived in Skipton at 4.15pm.
1704.9
13
103.5
5
46
Th-Su
15-18/6
Enjoyed the delights of being in Skipton.
MO
19/6
Leisurely start to the day - underway at 9.50am, arriving in Gargrave at 1pm.
1709.8
5.5
109
3
49
Tu-Th
20/6-22/6

Enjoyed the delights of being in Gargrave - feeling a lot better than when I was last here.
This included, a walk, on the Wednesday along the towpath, up to see the Double Arched Bridge (No 161) at East Marton, where the A59 crosses the canal.

It was a distance of 3.6miles there (according to Google Maps, but 3miles 7¾ furlongs, according to Canal Route Planner, with 9 locks) - and the same back again, sticking to the towpath, which is part of the Penine Way, rather than risking some dodgey directions for a short cut. It was a bit further than I anticipated, and my step count for the day was a very commendable 19,778. It was certainly a lovely day for it.

Fr
23/6

Joined by Doc Brown for the return journey, who arrived by train at Gargrave. Departed at 2pm for the return journey to Skipton, arriving there at 4.23pm

Kestrel leaving Gargrave - photo:Doc Brown


Yet another swingbridge (one of the joys of the Leeds Liverpool canal) - photo: Doc Brown

1714.7
5.5
114.5
3
52
Sa
24/6
Enjoyable day in Skipton - visited the castle and the church and went to a concert in the Town hall. We had been having refreshments in a cafe in the town, and at the adjoining table was a lady waiting anxiously for the arrival of her husband. He was, it seemed, delayed at a rehearsal for the concert, and late for their lunch. It turned out he was the conductor!
Su
25/6

Departed for the return journey at 7.15am, where Phil quickly learned about the joys of swings bridges, so much enjoyed on the Leeds-Liverpool canal. Stopped at bridge 147, west of East Riddlestone for lunch (being kind to my novice crew). Moored up for the night above Bingley Five Rise - baptism of fire for the crew.


Mooring up above Bingley Five Rise - photo:Doc Brown

1721.5
13
127.5
0
52
MO
26/6

A gloriously sunny morning.


A gloriously sunny morning at Bingley Five Rise - taking on water before starting the descent - photo: Doc Brown

Started the descent at 8.20am and was down through the Five Rise and the Three Rise by 9.35am.


Bingley Five Rise - photo: Doc Brown

Stopped at Saltaire for about three hours to explore before continuing on to Rodley visitor moorings for the night.


Approaching the visitor moorings at Saltaire - photo: Doc Brown


Visitor Moorings at Rodley - photo: Doc Brown


After taking a wrong turn in Rodley - Cap'n and Crew in the Fleece Inn, Pudsey - Selfie: Doc Brown

1728.9
10
137.5
16
68
Tu
27/6

Left Rodley at 7.30am for the dash through Leeds.
Always useful to have a clear explanation of how to operate some of the locks. From past experience of seeing someone else getting it badly wrong at these locks, it's always worth checking for lock specific instructions - photo: Doc Brown.


Waiting to go through Lock 1 down onto the River Aire through Leeds - photo: Doc Brown


Approaching the lock by the Leeds Royal Armories - photo: Doc Brown


Safely moored at a vacant berth at Lemonroyd Marina - photo: Doc Brown

Arrived at Lemonroyd Marina at 3.40pm. Here we were allocated a vacant to berth to leave Kestrel for 10 days while we returned home.

Doc Brown claims to have enjoyed the trip, but complains that there were no photos of him doing all the hard work on locks and swing bridges, while I did the easy bit of helming.

1736.7
12.5
150
17
85
July
Sa
8/7

Drove to Lemonroyd Marina, where I met up with Tom and Eddie, who had driven up from Sheering. Headed out at 10.30am and stopped off at Thwait's Mill, where we were admitted for a reduced price as part of it was closed off as there was a wedding on that day. It's the sort of historic industrial place where arriving by boat and mooring up at their quay seems appropriate. Up through Leeds to Clarence Dock, where we again moored up and Tom took Eddie to look round The Royal Armories Museum, while I caught up on some shuteye. Set off back down stream for Fishpond Lock, where we stayed the night.

1742.0
9.5
159.5
4
89
Su
9/7
Completed trip back to Lemonroyd Marina, where we left the boat: Tom & Eddie drove back to Sheering and I back to Guisborough ready for the Harrison Choir and Band concert on 14th July.
2
161.5
2
91
Su
16/7 Met up with Tom at Leeds station and after a meal at a Turkish restaurant, got a Uber taxi that eventually managed to find Lemonroyd Marina - so much for their sophisticated Sat. Navs.
Mo
17/7 Departed the marina at 8.30am and arrived at Selby Basin at 5.30pm.
1752.3
22
183.5
7
98
Tu
18/7 Went to York by bus, and after Tom did some ordering of a suit and shirts at his favourite outfitters, met up with George. George kindly drove us back to Selby in the evening.
We 19/7 Cast off from our moorings at 2.55pm to be locked through onto the tidal Ouse, arriving at Naburn moorings at 5.45pm.
1755.1
14
197.5
2
100
Th 20/7 Left Naburn at 8.20, stopping at Naburn Marina to take on 50litres of diesel. Non-stop through York, for the first time ever, and arrived at Ripon Marina at 7.15pm - a long day, but at least it was with a crew.
1764.9
32.5
230
4
104
Fri
21/7

Alison met us at the marina and Tom then drove us down, in the micra, to Sheering, where we had a very pleasant weekend with Tom's family.

Day
Date
Activity
Engine
Hours
Miles
Total
Miles
Locks
Total
Locks
The photos above, and plenty more from this trip and his other travels, can be see on Doc Brown's own website. <Canal Trip>