Sunday dawned dry so we thought we would get a paddle in. Unfortunatly the bad weather of the previous couple of weeks ment that we had to repair the roof on the chicken run first! Chicken Licken thought the sky had fallen on her head!
We eventually got set off at lunchtime and went to the Pocklington canal at Melbourne Marina.
The marina and its entrance were still frozen.
We set off down stream and after a few minutes we realised that we didn't get our portage trolly out of the car so I walked back along the tow path, so we didn't have to paddle past the fisherman twice more. (Walking along this bit of tow path is Not something I would recommend as a VERY selfish person had let their BIG dog use it as a toilet every day for a long time and not bothered picking it it up! Vile! ) Pete entertained himself by taking photos of the rather high water level while i tip toed through the dog poo back to the car. (Sorry- Rant over!)
We set off again and soon came to bridge number 5 which seemed to be suffering from the weather.
Just through the bridge we could see that a tree was down and across the canal. Luckily we could get past on the right. It was straining a lot of dead weed which made paddling rather heavy work.
Past the tree the canal was very still and still had a bit of ice at the edges.
Ahead we could see Gardham Lock and what appeared to be ice but could have been more weed.
As we got closer we could see that it was ice and we thought that we would have to turn round but as luck would have it there was a small cut for the extra water to go down where we could get out and portage round the ice and lock.
We found this at the side of the lock. Nobody was home. I think its a freshwater Oyster shell but I aint sure!
Our home made portage trolly worked a treat.
When we got to the lock we were supprised to find the water level the same at both ends but the view below the lock was great.
This photo is looking back to where we'd come from.
And below the lock this is the canal! Honest!
We paddled down the canal, I think, past huge flocks of ducks and swans and the odd goose or two a couple of heron and a rather pretty barn owl. Heading down to Hagg bridge if our sense of direction was right.
We began to see things we reconised. Things like our parking space, when we drive down to the bridge.
We realised just how high the water was at this point because our parking spot is normally about 6' - 8' above the water level and then we saw the bridge .
Through the bridge the water was moving at a fair rate of knots. This area is part of a SSSI and is flooded each winter but this seems to be higher than normal. Most of the tow path was underwater by a good couple of feet.
This photo is looking down the tow path. I promise.
S.O.T.P shot down the tow path.
Having said that we had seen a lot of swans this poor little guy was one we could have done without. I think the bad weather must have been too much for him.
Getting late and we didn't want to have to put the canoe away in the dark so we headed back towards the car. We found an easy way to get the canoe out of the water to portage round the lock again.
The fields all around were under water and the water level must have dropped a bit as this field is quite a lot higher than the canal.
Back to the car for a well earned cup of hot chocolate and a chocolate bar each
Just a quick question. Does anybody know what this is ? It has solar panals on 3 sides and is next to a gauge for water depth.
Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy reading about our trip.