We descended down the last three locks of the Calder & Hebble, and what BIG babies they were too! The last one Fall Ing Lock (no that’s not a spelling mistake) could have fitted 4 Cyans in comfortably. But poor John, the lock beams were gigantic too, and took quite a lot of shifting.
With John, safely on board Cyan. We continued our journey, which is now on the Aire and Calder Navigation.
The River Calder is beautiful, and today she was serine, though there’s plenty of evidence by the rubbish caught high in the bushes on the bank, that the river rises quite a bit.
There appears to be quite a colony of herons on this stretch of the river, and I just managed to snap this one just before he took off in flight. Amazing really, they appear to be able to jump up and fly, like a jump jet, if a little ungainly!
Eventually we turned off the River Calder, turning left onto a part of the Aire & Calder Navigation.
How beautifully constructed the towpath is on this canal…
We saw this boat in the distance, and couldn’t quite work out how big it was, until we got nearer:
She dwarfed ‘little’ Cyan… though I read there’s much bigger ones in this area.
We were aiming for Ramsden, but didn’t realise just what a great place it is. There are lots of big wide beams and little boats (we rudely call them ‘yogurt pots’). Everyone, all appearing to be enjoying the water.
After carrying out service duties, rubbish, cassettes, water (after 30 minutes we gave up on the water as it was slow!), we found a nice little spot for mooring. The mooring is a C&RT 48 hour mooring.
Our mooring’s a few steps from the ‘Stanley Ferry’ pub – where we had a nice drink at lunchtime.
We thought we’d stay at this lovely place for the weekend, probably moving Monday, depending of course on the weather.
Within sight is the Stanley Ferry Aqueduct; built between 1836 and 1839 to take the Aire and Calder Navigation over the River Calder. It is one of the earliest arch bridges in the world, and is considered to be the longest span aqueduct built in cast iron. The aqueduct has a span of 165 feet (50 m), a width of 24 feet (7.3 m) and a depth of 8.5 feet (2.6 m).
We did 3 locks, 6 miles. Mooring where WiFi is 35 Mbps.