LET­TERS

Canal Boat - - This Month -

Bray­ford Pool re­flec­tions; plan­ning a canal; still no pump-out; care­less on the cut

I THOUGHT I would add my ob­ser­va­tions re­gard­ing the let­ter printed from Brian Mar­low on boating to Bos­ton ( CB, Nov).

I am a yogurt pot, wed­ding cake or any other description GRP cruiser own­ers are la­belled with. I have owned our 23ft cruiser for seven years and cruise the Soar, Trent & Mersey and River Trent nav­i­ga­tion.

My wife and I trav­elled to Lin­coln this sum­mer from Saw­ley and thor­oughly en­joyed our two-week ad­ven­ture. We felt more con­fi­dent hav­ing sought ad­vice from the lock-keepers at Cromwell and Tork­sey.

Tak­ing on board their free and knowl­edge­able ad­vice com­bined with fol­low­ing a few sim­ple steps, in­clud­ing VHF ra­dio, life­jack­ets and an­chor prepped and se­cured for quick de­ploy­ment, we em­barked on the tidal stretch with much ex­cite­ment and an­tic­i­pa­tion. Even 17-20mph winds and the odd squall dur­ing our cruise didn’t de­tract from the ex­pe­ri­ence.

We found the cruise from Tork­sey to Lin­coln on the Fossdyke very re­lax­ing and ab­sorbed the his­tory of this Ro­man nav­i­ga­tion as we cruised along the wa­ter see­ing king­fish­ers and deer along the way.

We stayed in Bray­ford Pool for three nights at £10 per night which pro­vided us with shore power, toi­lets and show­ers – and placed us in the mid­dle of Lin­coln.

We were not dis­turbed by the hus­tle and bus­tle of a city cen­tre moor­ing over a hot sum­mer week­end. Al­though there was on­go­ing con­struc­tion go­ing on around the univer­sity, we spent most of the day ex­plor­ing the area on foot. Bray­ford is also very convenient for lo­cal su­per­mar­kets for sup­plies.

We quite liked the hus­tle around the quay from the nu­mer­ous re­tail out­lets and restau­rants, mak­ing it feel quite cos­mopoli­tan, es­pe­cially in the evening with an ar­ray of colour be­ing re­flected in the wa­ter from the quay­side prop­er­ties. Cruis­ing through the Glory Hole to­wards Stamp End lock was an as­sault on the senses with colour, sights and sounds. My photo shows us at Sax­ilby moor­ings on the ap­proach to the Glory Hole. We will aim to make a re­peat trip next year.

SI­MON ROOTS, via email

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