Day 29 – Stainforth to Sprotbrough (via Mexborough)

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If yesterday can be described as wet, today could be described at windy. Ferociously so. In fact it was so choppy in places the bow wave was catching the wind and blowing spray at the steerer.

After another leisurely start, we headed off towards Bramwith Junction following Cornucopia which we had passed in Thorne yesterday. We stopped at Bramwith Swing Bridge for services and then proceeded through the lock and beyond with Christal Haze.

We fought the wind all the way into Doncaster where we tied up for shopping and a lunch. Surprisingly, the rather large Tesco was completely out of carrier bags. Thankfully, Tardebigge has a good supply as anyone who has been on board can testify!

We spotted a good mooring spot at Sprotborough so the decision was made to turn at a suitable point and return for an overnight stay. Moorings are very limited on the South Yorkshire Navigations because much of it is on the River Don. We passed under numerous railway bridges including the fine Conisbrough Viaduct (disused) and even caught the occasional glimpse of Conisbrough Castle between the trees which we’d seen from the train back to Oxford last Friday.

On returning to Sprotbrough we moored in front of Cornucopia and continued with alcohol consumption. We seem to be drinking even more since Alex joined us. Apparently there is dessert wine tonight…

Menu: cooked breakfast or cereal and toast; cold gammon salad; Dinner: liver and bacon casserole, poached pear in a caramel and perry sauce, cheese and biscuits; all with suitable alcoholic accompaniments.

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