As soon as we left Nottingham & the Nottingham Canal we were on the River Trent and the scenery changed dramatically,
the locks got deeper, - This one, Holme lock, is 12ft deep. Luckily there are vertical guides to wrap the ropes around as the boat moves up or down in the locks, rather than having to throw them over the bollards at the top!
the waterway got wider, - At Radcliffe, the river is bordered by a steep, tree clad escarpment of cliffs which conceals the village above.
and the bridges get bigger. - Radcliffe Viaduct opened in 1850 and carries the Nottingham to Grantham railway over the river. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rectory_Junction_Viaduct
Gunthorpe Lock was having minor repairs so wasn't open until 12 o'clock, by which time there was quite a queue. The lock keeper managed to ram 8 boats in. It made for quite a social occasion. As Gunthorpe is a popular tourist spot there were plenty of Gongoozlers about. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gongoozler
We all moved down the river in a flotilla. It was the busiest we had, or would see the river Trent and must have been quite an unusual sight for any onlookers on this lazy stretch of the river.
The river and scenery is vast, mostly agricultural with the odd village or hamlet in the distance. Lots of fishermen on the banks.
|Bev & Doug in front of their lovely home|
After a lovely afternoon & evening with Bev & Doug they came out to say goodbye as we sailed by next morning.
On Saturday we decided to take the train. into Lincoln. This is the street leading up to the castle and the cathedral, a very popular tourist spot.
|The very aptly named.....|
|Steep Hill (probably a one in four cobbled street!)|
|Cathedral from Castle Ramparts|
|Lincoln Cathedral. Dates from 1072|
|The beautiful stained glass windows|
|Wow! What a ceiling.|
We decided to join the last guided tour of the day at the castle & were lucky enough to have the tour guide all to ourselves & so had a very informative personal tour.
|Our Personal Tour Guide|
High Bridge, in the centre of modern Lincoln, spans the River Witham and is one of the many interesting buildings in Lincoln. It is known locally as the 'Glory Hole'. The Shops on High Bridge date from the 16th century, but the history of the bridge itself goes back to the 12th century. This is one of only three bridges in England with shops on them, the others are Pulteney Bridge in Bath and Frome Bridge in Somerset.
After a very interesting day in Lincoln we returned to Newark where tomorrow (Sunday 3rd August) we will retrace our steps back to Nottingham.