Back On The ‘Road’ Again!

We’ve got a bit of catching up to do with the website.

As mentioned in our previous post, we moored just outside a pub/restaurant at Aspley Basin, on the Huddersfield (now) Broads Canal.  We took a bit of ‘time out’, doing some shopping, and basically chilling out until the stern gland arrived.

On Wednesday morning our ‘part’ arrived, and was successfully fitted.

The engineer also checked the alignment of the prop, and we’re pleased to report, all is fine. What a relief to finally have confidence our leak is fixed.

We were a little peeved on Thursday  morning as we’d planned to fill up with water, use the sanitary services, and empty the rubbish before we set off on our ‘never ending journey’; unfortunately there was already a boat on the ‘water-point’. After patiently waiting for an hour, John calmly sauntered off to ask if there was a problem, and to say he’d like to get on the water point and use the facilities (boats are not allowed to moor on water-points if they are not using the services). The boater told John he was waiting for his friends to arrive, then he would be moving.  Two hours later, they were still on the water-point.  They finally moved off to moor up just 150 yd. down stream! Hmmm. Rather than getting rattled, John was persuaded to chill out and have another night at the basin.

Friday morning we were up an ready at 8:00 a.m., we reversed Cyan onto the water-point to use the services.  By 8:30 a.m we were cruising under the unusual lift bridge: Originally the bridge was manually raised and lowered by some very sturdy boaters!

The bridge is now electrical/hydraulically powered and we are required to hold up the traffic while the roadway is raised and lowered.

The bridge is a back-road that’s like a bit of a rat-run or shortcut for cars.  We did feel a little guilty having to stop half a dozen or so cars, at what must be their morning journey to work, while we cruised under the bridge.

At the first lock, Lock #9, we soon discovered that descending the lock was going to be a little tricky. The locks were wider. I thought the difference between the Huddersfield ‘Narrow’ and the Huddersfield ‘Broad’ was about the width of the canal. Not so, it’s because of the width of the locks.

Cyan is 58ft long, bigger with her front and rear bumpers. We soon discovered the locks will only accommodate a 60ft boat, maximum. We’re well aware boats have to be careful not to get the stern/rear caught on the lock’s cill. If it does get caught, it can be a disaster!

Eventually we formed a system where Cyan sat diagonally in the lock, with John holding her bow line, while he let the water out of the lock slowly and carefully. I had the important job of keeping Cyan away from the cill with only inches to spare.

These are the first foxgloves we’ve seen this year.

An a beautiful clump of flag irises.

How could anyone get bored with the scenery!

Eventually all 9 locks were behind us, and we left the Huddersfield Broad Canal, and onto the ‘Calder & Hebble Navigation’.  We’ve not been on a ‘Navigation’ before. A Navigation is a waterway that uses both a canal and a river. Where water in a river flows down via weir (where a boat can’t go), a part of a canal has been created which has a lock to drop the boat down.  Sounds complicated?  Sorry about that, we’ve yet to experience a navigation at this moment of typing.

After the shallow water of the Huddersfield, Cyan cruised smoothly in the deeper water of the River Calder.  We didn’t go too far until we turned right, and through flood gates onto the Calder & Hebble. At this spot we moored up for the night.

How nice it was for the C&RT have cut our ‘lawn’ for us!  Behind us are the flood gates, protecting the ‘canal’ from river floods.

This is such a nice spot, we thought we stop for a few days.  We have  72 hours before we need to move on from these moorings.

This evening we have ‘neighbours’ who’ve moored up behind us… guess who they are? Yes, it’s the boat that hogged the water-point!

We’ve done 9 locks, 3 1/2 miles, and the WiFi is 45 mg!