Boating to Boston
HAVING TAKEN MY boat to Boston and back this summer, I can echo many of the comments in A slow boat to.....Boston ( CB, Oct). However, my wife and I feel that there are a number of things to add.
The journey down the tidal Trent and into Torksey Lock troubles some but our experience showed that, with proper preparation (not too arduous – basically making sure the boat is shipshape), and asking and then following the advice of all the lock-keepers, both employed and voluntary, there was little to worry about – and a great sense of achievement when accomplished.
The Fossdyke and River Witham have long, straight stretches with high banks and not much to see. The crew, with nothing to do, will probably find it boring, as my wife did.
When we went, in July, there was weed in both waterways but the weed cutter was out and there was, anyway, a wide channel in the centre. Certainly we had no problems with weed.
The visitor moorings in Boston are very good, although we never did find the Elsan point.
Although I would not class Boston in this category, many readers will know of towns that have been ruined by 1960s ‘regeneration’. However, never before have I come across a town/ city that has been ruined by 1990s/noughties so called regeneration, until we sailed through the area of Lincoln which includes Brayford Pool.
The old part of the city, up on the hill with the cathedral and castle, is still very worth a visit. But, Brayford Pool, with a collection of sheds (newly built by the university and so bad they have apparently won ‘design awards’), and new buildings that include a multistorey car park, is a disaster!
Narrowboaters should also be warned that the visitor moorings in the Pool are basically for cruisers and incur a charge. Try to find a space among the limited free moorings before the bridge that marks the western boundary of Brayford Pool.
Having written the above, let me end by saying that, overall, I enjoyed very much my time on the Fossdyke and River Witham.
Not a view to admire at Brayford