This video is about our returning journey from Ripon to Selby on the tidal River Ouse
On 14th September we travelled from York to Boroughbridge, (not shown on the vlog) there were very limited moorings on this journey, the intention was to stop at Lynton Lock but there was only one visitor mooring here and that was taken so we punched through to Boroughbridge even though it was raining. We had luckily left the pram cover up which was great as we didn't get so wet but visibility wasn't good and we had to keep wiping the rain off of the outside with a squeegee mop.
We arrived in Boroughbridge just before a deluge of rain so moored up on there very good 48 hour visitor moorings. There was a full sanitary station at the garage opposite with diesel available at the garage. Boroughbridge town was 10 mins walk with a small Spar shop but a very good butcher and baker.
On Monday 17th September we left Boroughbridge for Ripon. We had 4 manual locks to do today which was the first manual locks since leaving the Leeds and Liverpool Canal as we had been on rivers since and all of the locks so far had been mechanised. A couple of the locks were really heavy and I only just managed them on my own. The day started out a bit overcast but turned out to be a lovely, sunny and warm day, we started out with the pram cover up but ended up taking it down which was just as well as we encountered a couple of low bridges on the Ripon Canal.
Ripon is a lovely little market city known for its famous cathedral and race course, its the 3rd smallest city in England, and the 2nd most northerly point on the canal system. It had some lovely walks by the canal and Rivers. The town was about 15 mins walk with an Aldi on the outskirts of town again about 15 mins walk.
We were due to leave Ripon on the Wednesday but storm Ali hit most of Britain so we stayed an extra night until the winds had passed over.
Mileage - Botany Bay to Ripon via Goole 189 miles, 87 Locks, 42 swing bridges, 2 tunnels.
We left Ripon on Thursday 20th September and travelled back to Boroughbridge, just making it before the heavens opened at around 1pm, it rained until 1am. With water levels rising on the river we woke up to find that the boat was listing to the side. On further investigation we found that as the water levels had risen one of our fenders had become stuck on the tow path, so Pat had to break of the fender hook to release it.
We travelled further down river to Lynton the following day. The intention was to continue onto Naburn Lock but due to reports of rising water levels we decided to stay at Lynton where there were pontoons as in York the moorings were fixed.
On Saturday 22nd September we moved down into York, the visitor moorings were completely flooded and boats were moored 4 a breast. We travelled a little further down and moored up on railings where there were several other narrowboats and cruisers moored just outside several pubs and bars. We were anticipating a noisy Saturday night. Pat stayed up most of the night anyway loosening the mooring ropes as the water levels dropped so neither of us managed to get much sleep. The noise from the party revellers started to abate around 3am and just as we thought we may be able to get some sleep, the street cleaners were out at 4am clearing up the mess.
The following day dawned bright and sunny and we had a beautiful early autumn cruise back to Naburn Lock where we had passage booked to go back to Selby the following day.
The route back to Selby on the tidal part of the River Ouse couldn't have been more different to the up journey, even though it was a bit chilly it was bright and beautiful with the magnificent autumnal colours glistening in the sunshine.
The turn into Selby Lock was a tricky one, before going up we had watched a couple of boats coming into the lock and noted their approach. Pat decided to take a slightly different approach than those he had seen and took the decision to travel past the lock on the tide then swing round and punch against the tide into the lock, as the flow of the river was unexpectedly stronger than anticipated however this was successful and we managed the turn without crashing into the lock wall.