This video is about 15_Selby onward.
On Thursday 27th September (Day 105), we travelled from Selby to Castleford, we were last here on 20th August. It was a lovely cruise back and so different from the upward journey as the weather was bright and sunny and even a little warm. The sun was shining through the trees and as the leaves were starting to fall we were able to see beyond the river banks. We only stayed overnight at Castleford on this occasion as we were just passing through. It had taken us 7 hours to cruise the 17 miles from Selby with 5 locks.
On Friday 28th September we did a short cruise of 3 miles down to Kings Lock in Wakefield, although there were 2 locks one was a flood lock which was left open and we followed another boater into Woodnock Lock so didn't even have to disembark. We stayed at Kings Lock over the weekend, during this time had a lovely visit from Foxes Afloat, Colin and Shaun and this time it was my turn to make cake.
At 10am on Monday 1st October after filling up with water we left Kings Lock, stopping at Stanley Ferry to fill up with diesel and visit the elsan point. We travelled through Wakefield onto the Calder and Hebble navigations. We did 9 miles and 7 locks taking another 7 hours. Locking on the Calder and Hebble is a slow process because as well as using a windlass to open ground paddles, a Calder Spike was required to open the gate paddles. This we purchased from Stanley Ferry when we passed through. The locks were also quite large and some gate paddles difficult to open. In fact the first one a spike was required for was Thorne Lock and I was unable to turn the locking mechanism which was why Pat did this one and I skippered the boat.
We moored at Horbury Bridge, just up from Bingley arms Pub, where we stayed for 2 nights as the following day it rained hard all day.