Day 27 – Woodlesford to Stainforth


First thing this morning Michael rang the lock keeper at Selby to see if the tidal passage to York would be possible. With the recent rain there was still a lot of “fresh” coming downstream and although he thought passage may be possible within the next couple of days, we decided to adjust our schedule and do the exploration of the South Yorkshire Navigations first, before heading to Ripon later.

The day dawned with beautiful sunshine and after breakfasting we headed off downstream through Woodlesford Lock towards the cavernous Lemonroyd Lock. Michael has memories of going upstream in this lock a few years ago, in a hire boat, in the dark! It’s still very intimidating with its over 13 foot drop.

At Castleford Junction the flood lock was in use. This was a lock grab for Michael since his previous trips through here had the lock fully open at both ends. The lock is a peculiar shape, and enormous. This proved to be the first of many assisted passages through locks today since various commercial craft were on the move.

We stopped for a shopping trip at Knottingley for various supplies including gluten-free items for Alex who is still waiting to hear from his doctor. Whilst moored we were passed by a huge barge, pushed by “Little Shuva”. The photo will best describe its vastness!

At Whitley Lock control was commandeered by the BW lock keeper before draining. A commercial craft was on its way downstream behind us. Thankfully we managed to clear Southfield Junction, onto the New Junction Canal, a few moments before it caught us up. We passed through several swing or lift bridges before traversing the Don Aqueduct and turning left onto the Stainforth and Keadby Canal.

Pubside moorings were found in Stainforth so we felt the need to oblige…

Menu: usual breakfasts; ham salad; steak with peppercorn and onion sauce, followed by cheese.

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2 Responses to “Day 27 – Woodlesford to Stainforth”

  1. Chris Myers Says:

    Hi, can you please ask Alex whether the step wedge profile drive rate should ideally be 10mm/sec or if we can use a standard line scan and calibrate based on position analysis. Cheers, Chris PS: Hope he’s having a nice time.

  2. Alex Pym Says:

    Up to now it’s been on the slowest setting we can use without timeout errors, which is about 10mm/s. If possible a fast scan to find position then a longer count at fixed position at each step would be good. We’re having a great time thanks. Seeing railways slide out of the way to let you past is a new experience for me.

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