Taking it steady was all that was needed and that bridge was fine, not even a scraped bottom!
Five more locks to do, Aston lock which has steel bars to keep the bottom gates shut and water pouring through the top gate paddles (could this be why the pound was low?),
Shardlow lock where these bars would have been useful because the bottom gates do swing open. It was here that a Canaltime was tied to a bollard on the lock landing. Not at the end but right in the middle so no chance of getting anywhere near a bollard to rope up to. Ian walked and knocked on their cabin side to give them a
Hardly any flow to the Trent although crossing the two rivers (Derwent flows across the Trent from left to right) we got swept toward the mouth of the Derwent. Bit of power needed to go straight on.
|Long Horse bridge across the Derwent|
|Sawley stop lock|
Locked down to join the Trent again and all to soon the junction of the Erewash came into view.
Then a sharp left turn off the river and onto the landing at Trent Lock. Waited for a trip boat to ascend (wide beam so we couldn't share) and finally got moored just after the facilities. Sad to think our trip is nearly over. Tomorrow we make for Sandiacre, will stay until the weekend and then the final leg back to our moorings in Langley Mill.
|And yet another Kingfisher. This time on the river Trent|
|St Kilda Soay Sheep|
|Might need the clippers on these.|