Monday, 8 April 2013

We're Off!

Barrowford Reservoir May 2010
I knew it was our day to set off when I awoke this morning: we have had three days of glorious sun and today is cold, overcast and very windy.  Leaving Reedley Marina we turned right and headed towards Leeds.  We planned to stop at Morrisons in Nelson for provisions but the wharf was occupied by a hire boat form Silsden and we could not get in to the bank. The wind and cold increases as you ascend the seven locks at Barrowford to the summit of the L&L canal. Whilst we were in  the first lock the hire boat from Morrisons caught up with us so we waited in the second lock and helped each other up the remainder of the flight.
Barrowford reservoir is fairly full: when we were last here three years ago it was almost empty and restrictions were placed on the operation of the locks culminating in the closure of the canal in August that year.
see photo, left.

That is not the only change from 2010.

These sunken boats are no longer littering the canal as they were then.

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