Thursday, 3 October 2013

Back on the tidal Trent

Thursday 3rd October 2013
Yesterday we spent a very relaxing day, just did a bit of shopping, and a little cleaning. Last night the went out for a meal at Zizi's. Very nice food, but greedy pig that I am, I could have done with a more generous helping of ice cream for afters.
Up with the lark again this morning. We used the river flow to turn us around, just untied the bow and let her swing on the stern rope. It was a bit early for the lockie at Nether Lock, so I jumped off and operated it myself. From there it's about 5 miles to Cromwell Lock, the start of the tidal section of the river.
I had spoken to the keeper yesterday and been told that around 10 am would be a good time to pen through for our trip to Torksey.
We arrived in plenty of time to empty a can, and fill with water. The lockie said we could go at any time that suited us now.
At about 9.50 the bottom gates were opened for us and we were off on the approximately 16 mile run downstream to Torksey.
The river level is very low, we've not had a great deal of rain this summer, (not that I'm complaining mind). Here are some examples, and this is at high tide!

We met a couple of boats going upstream.
We arrived at Torksey after about 3 hours of travel, and after winding (turning) we are tied up to the floating pontoon below the lock.
We had intended to travel on to Keadby tomorrow, but the weather forecast is foul, so we may just stay here and wait until Saturday, which they are promising will be better.
We are here

PS It's just started to rain outside, and it looks bad.

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