Chrissie 2017

Our 2017 cruising season aboard Chrissie.

Underway on 14/04/2017 heading towards Norfolk from Ventnor Marina (Nr. Calcutt)/Napton Junction.
We were later getting away from Ventnor Marina than would have liked. But finally left on 25/04/2017.
This picture at the top of Rothersthorpe flight of locks on the Grand Union Northampton arm, 13 in the flight, 17 to Northampton.

This pic on the River Nene, waiting at the top of Doddington Lock.
Well underway now, here on the River Nene. Great river to boat on. Big bridges, large locks, nearly all with vertical steel gates at the bottom of which mostly are electrically powered, only the remote locks have large hand wheel to raise and lower the gate.

Big Locks, and even bigger bridges!

Swans are ever present but always photogenic, this picture taken early one mooring after a cool night followed by a warm morning causing the mist to raise off the water.

Now at the very picturesque Fotheringhay where King Richard III was born,
and where Mary Queen of Scots was executed.

Below, waiting overnight at Stanground Lock to join the Middle Levels
which is the link between the Nene and the Great Ouse.

Lucky to be off the Nene now as heavy rain is forecast for tomorrow which may have prevented moving on the river.

Great sunset here too, “although red at night Sheppard’s delight”
may not be true for tomorrow’s weather.
It’s tomorrow now, yep it’s raining, but have to get to Fox Marina at March and get the train the day after. It’s an all day cruise and it rained heavily all day, despite waterproofs I’m wet to the skin.
Thankfully only one lock at Whittlesey called Ashline Lock but is a slow Lock with many turns to the paddle gear which makes me sweat inside the waterproofs.
Despite the rain it’s a great day, saw a swan with many tiny cygnets on her back
huddled under her wings whilst being transported along. Just amazing.
We left Chrissie in Fox’s Marina in March for a few days and went home.
Below is on our return and moored in March town centre.

Not many  “official” mooring places on the Middle Levels,
but we managed to get in here, just!
From here we navigated the tidal link between Salters Lode and Denver Sluice.
A short blast against the tide of about 15 minutes before being able to moor above the sluice,
as pictured here with the sluice behind us. Great mooring, just happens to be next to the Jennings Pub.

From Denver we are able to cruise the whole of the Great Ouse, Little Ouse, River Wissey, River lark, River Cam and the relief channel to Downham Market where our daughter Elizabeth lives.
This is the Relief Channel Lock.

Our return journey was a reverse of the route back to the grand Union.
We then went via Foxton Locks, Market Harborough and Debdale Marina where we left Chrissie to go home for a week.
We had intended to go further NE through Leicester but drought conditions made us return up Foxton Locks to rejoin the Grand Union.
Instead we went to Banbury on the Oxford Canal and enjoyed a few days with Good friends David and Jean.
It was Davids 70th birthday so a great part was had, where David played Guitar in his band.

Jill negotiating the 180 degree turn at Hawksbury Junction.
Well done Jill.

Watford Staircase Locks, adjacent to the M1!!

Market Harborough basin.

David in his Band.

The very attractive turn at Braunston.
From here, back up towards Stafford and Stoke boats
where we left Chrissie for the winter.
Another great years cruising, which I couldn’t have done without my
1st Mate, Jill.
Total distances and Locks,
640 miles
295 Locks
329 hours