Saturday, 1 July 2017


Here I am Rune
Distance 6.8 miles
Total 2778 Locks  130 Tunnels
Running total mileage 3791.0 miles 

We have now arrived at Thorne after a fairly easy sort of day, with one small highlight of someone falling into the canal from our boat. Thankfully it was neither myself now crew but the crew of another boat who had hitched a lift to their own boat at Bramwith Lock. The lock moorings below the lock were a bit restrictive and the first boat out of the lock went a bit too far into the permanent mooring area and her crew couldn’t get through the gate to her. We stopped at the actual lock mooring where I picked up crew and offered the other crew a lift to her boat, which she accepted. I headed towards her boat with the intention of swinging the stern in so that she would be able to step across but she didn’t seem to understand what was going to happen so walked along the gunwale towards the front of our boat. Unfortunately she stepped on one of the rubber tubular fender on the gunwale,  lost her balance and pitched over the side between the two boats. This was a point of some peril since the two boats were now coming together with her between them and there wasn’t a lot of time to do anything about it. I gave our boat a quick burst of reverse to take some of the momentum off the boat but then had to put it in neutral to make sure that the woman in the water didn’t get caught up in the prop. The eventual solution was to drop the life ring down, firstly for the woman to hold onto and secondly to keep the boats apart. Once that was done it was just a case of getting the woman back out of the water, not always easy but she eventually managed it. It was a good example of how things can go from nonchalance to danger in a matter of seconds.

We will be remaining here at Thorne for a little while now.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Barnby Dun

Here I am Rune
Distance 4.7 miles
Total 2776 Locks  130 Tunnels
Running total mileage 3784.2 miles 

Well, after three days checking out the fleshpots of Doncaster we’ve move back to Barnby Dun, partly because we’ve reached the stage when the Elsan cassettes were full! Before setting off however we felt that it would be wise to let this little fellow through ahead of us since I didn’t really want him catching us up on the navigation as he’s a bit big to get out of the way of(600 tons to my 18 tons!).

We remain at Barnby Dun until tomorrow then head for Thorne.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017


Here I am Rune
Distance 3.3 miles
Total 2775 Locks  130 Tunnels
Running total mileage 3779.5 miles 

Today we moved from Sprotborough back to Doncaster, not a particularly great distance but it puts us in the area of a few shops to stock up on items and also to pick up some travel tickets that we’ve bought online. Current plan will be to stay here until Friday, head back to Barnby Dun and then on to Thorne on Saturday.

Looking at the weather forecast for tomorrow, I think we would have been staying where we were anyway since a bit of rain is forecast.

Sunday, 25 June 2017


Here I am Rune
Distance 8.2 miles
Total 2773 Locks  130 Tunnels
Running total mileage 3776.2 miles

A fairly straightforward trip through from Barnby Dun to Sprotborough with the added luxury of lock keepers being on duty at Long Sandall Lock and Doncaster Lock so our work was reduced. Haven’t really decided on the plan for the next few days, we may stay here at Sprotborough until Tuesday and then have a few days in Doncaster heading to Thorne for next Saturday, but then we might change our minds!

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Barnby Dun

Here I am Rune
Distance 18.1 miles
Total 2770 Locks  130 Tunnels
Running total mileage 3768 miles

Slight miscalculation, the distance from Knottingley to Barnby Dun isn’t the same distance that we travelled yesterday, it is 18.1 miles although, travelling faster on the river and deeper northern canals we have still got here at a reasonable time. We are moored at pretty much the same place we moored last time we were here, two years ago, and nothing much has changed.

When coming down New Junction Canal we teamed up with a single  hander, which speeded things up a bit for him since there are six swing bridges which would be a pain to have to do single handed (it would also hold the traffic up for a while on the roads).

Tomorrow it will be a trip through Doncaster to Sprotborough. 

The entrance to to aquaduct over the River Don....

......and the view down to the river.

Friday, 23 June 2017


Here I am Rune
Distance 11.2 miles
Total 2767 Locks  130 Tunnels
Running total mileage 3749.9 miles 

As planned, we have arrived in Knottingley  fairly comfortably in time since, on the river, we are travelling faster. I dug out the old SatNav today to see what our actual speed was and it seems that we are travelling at about 4.2mph (3.6 knots). This is quite a bit more than on the average canal.
No real dramas today, the only real issue was the amount of rubbish in Bulholme Lock, some of it being full tree trunks. I really don’t want to catch the propeller on one of those.

Tomorrow we hope to get to Barnby Dun which will be a similar distance to that we have travelled today, it does have one of the straightest pieces of canal on the system, the New Junction Canal which is arrow straight for 5.5miles, not a lot to do on the tiller for that stretch, which even at our enhanced speed is still going to take over an hour.