|Heading back down the Thorpe locks - no time to sit in the chair today|
It had its moments though – like when we got firmly wedged in Shireoaks Top Lock and had to be helped out by two passing CRT workers. Despite this we had one of our 'go for it' sessions on that first day down from the canal summit and pushed on through 33 locks before we stopped beyond Worksop. (Sorry old Worksop is not a place you want to stop.)
|Wedged in Shireoeaks lock by a hidden log|
On our way down the lock flight we had previously watched as a posh looking old granny carefully cleared up her dog poo then left the bag at the side of the towpath. I assumed she would pick it up on her return but, no, we saw her walk on away from the canal. Why do people do this? We are not the only ones to wonder as we discovered later when we saw a notice taped to a tree. So we added our own notice in an effort to grass her up!
|We grass up the mystery dog poo bag dumper|
|The canal and Worksop are not best friends at the moment|
An overnight stop 'n shop at the Aldi moorings in Retford and we pressed on into what had been the weedy nightmare zone of our trip up. The next mile had taken us two hours but on the return run, more water depth and a lot of weed boat work saw us through it in half an hour. Only as we neared Drakeholes Tunnel did the weed start to return.
|The marooned gatehouses in a field at Drakeholes|
We overnighted by the tunnel and discovered up on the road a curious pair of gatehouses which apparently once were yet another entrance to the Park, presumably running parallel with the canal and then over Old Man Bridge. Now they are marooned in a field.
Finally, we plodded through an unpleasant though not impenetrable line of weed back to the Basin. Tomorrow it is down the Trent for us and into Keadby to head further 'oop north.