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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Swarkestone to Willington

5.2 miles, 1 lock, 2hrs 55mins.

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Willington

A pleasant day to travel.

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Stenson lock, the last wide lock until Middlewich.

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Stenson Marina above Stenson lock.

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Nadee Indian Restaurant at Buckford Bridge No.21, which used to be called the Greyhound.

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We pulled into Mercia Marina and moored on the Midland Chandlers pontoon, so I could pick up some engine oil. Then we carried on to Willington and moored up and had lunch before having a quick walk around the village.

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What appears to be the centre of Willington.

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Looking towards the village centre, and railway bridge from the canal bridge. The railway bisects the village on a high embankment and appears to be quite a busy line.

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The Dragon canalside pub/restaurant by the bridge.

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Hadar safely moored up in Willington.

Keith.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Aston to Swarkestone

4.15 miles, 2 locks, 2hrs.

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Swarkestone

A cooler start this morning.

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A Hall near Aston.

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Swarkestone Pavilion, or Summer House. After lunch we took a walk into and around Swarkestone.

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From alongside Swarkestone wharf buildings there is a footpath across the fields to Swarkestone village.

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Looking back across the field towards the wharf buildings, showing some corn circles in this field.

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Then we crossed the railway track, so far we have only seen freight trains on this line.

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The next field after crossing the railway track, with the village close by.

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Crewe and Harpur on the banks of the River Trent.

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The road bridge crossing the River Trent.

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Pretty cottage.

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St. James church.

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Cottages alongside the church.

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Swarkestone Pavilion, or Summer House from the road.

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The now disused Willington Power Station in the distance.

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We returned to the canal by the lock, and walked towards the derelict Derby Canal. a mile post near the junction.

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At present the Swarkestone Boat Club occupies the entrance to the derelict Derby Canal. This is from the bridge over the entrance to the Derby Canal looking towards the junction with the T&M.

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This is from the other side of the bridge, a lot of work to be done then to restore the canal by the Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust.

Keith.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Shardlow to Aston Lock.

1.35 miles, 1 lock, 1hr 5 mins.

Poor internet connections recently have meant I have not been able to keep up with the blog. Not the best of connections today (Saturday) but I will post something for the past few days and update when I get a better signal.

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A late start this morning led to a short journey today, to avoid the heat of the day, and to get a good mooring for the weekend.

Keith.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Beeston Lock to Shardlow Lock.

8.33 miles, 5 locks, 3hrs 55mins.

Poor internet connections recently have meant I have not been able to keep up with the blog. Not the best of connections today (Saturday) but I will post something for the past few days and update when I get a better signal.

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Today was our last time on the River Trent and back onto the Trent and Motorway Canal. We have had a great time on the river and look forward to returning back at some time in the future. Having moored up above Shardlow lock we had a quick walk around the inland port.

Keith.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Nottingham City to Beeston Lock

 3 miles, 0 locks, 1hr 30mins.

Poor internet connections recently have meant I have not been able to keep up with the blog. Not the best of connections today (Saturday) but I will post something for the past few days and update when I get a better signal.

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A short journey today to Beeston lock at the end/start of the Beeston Canal. In the afternoon we took a walk around part of the Attenborough Nature Reserve.

Keith.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Holme Pierrepont to Nottingham City

1.6 miles, 2 locks, 1hr 35mins.

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Nottingham Castle (3)

With thunderstorms this morning we didn’t move, but after lunch the skies cleared so we set off for the city.

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The floodlights of Trent Bridge cricket ground.

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A derelict dock.

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Nottingham Forest football ground.

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Trent Bridge.

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Back onto the Nottingham Canal.

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Castle lock.

Keith.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Hazelford Lock to Holme Pierrepont

14 miles, 3 locks, 4hrs 35mins.

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Holme Pierrepont

A dull grey start with very low cloud/mist, but the sun did burn through during the morning.

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Very misty start to the day.

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Approaching Gunthorpe lock.

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Approaching Stoke lock.

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Colwick weir alongside Holme lock.

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Having moored up above Holme lock, I took my first look at the white water run of the National Water Sports Centre alongside the river. After lunch we took a walk around the site.

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The starting area.

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The white water run is naturally fed from the River Trent.

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This is half of the rowing lake alongside the white water run.

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And this is the other half.

Keith.