A very nice BBQ was had last night although the wind did blow ash all over our sausages! All adds to the flavour though, and yummy they were too.
It was a latish getaway this morning as first we walked to Lidl for supplies. Then we headed off to make Stanley Ferry where we hoped to stop. Diesel was urgently needed and with the marina at Castleford not selling any, we had to reach Stanley. All the locks were DIY and huge and luckily all with us until we reached Woodnock lock and the first on the river Calder. From here we started our ascent. But first we had to find the turn onto the Calder. At Castleford junction you can go left towards York through the flood lock. We knew going straight on would lead to the weir but could see no evidence of a right turn. Then almost opposite the flood lock a gap in the trees and there was the river Calder. Ian nearly missed it and had to put FS into a sharp turn, only just missing the bank.
|At this point we had no idea where the right turn was. I have marked it on the photo and it's nearly opposite the flood lock.|
|And looking back towards the flood lock|
|A rise of 13' 6"|
|Birkwood lock before Stanley Ferry.|
|Coming into Stanley Ferry|
|The plastic cruiser I was fending off|
And seen on route,
|Fairies Hill Lock into the boat club moorings only. No river access.|
|A flock of Comorants|