Whitley Lock

Wow, we must have done something to please the weather gods! It’s been a really gorgeous, warm sunny day. Ideal boating weather.
We started by working through Bramwith lock. This can accommodate boats up to 200ft long! But it’s divided into sections with several sets of gates, so we only used a small section. Unlike all the other locks around here, this one is manual and it took all my strength to open & close the gates.
Then at Bramwith junction we turned up the New Junction Canal and immediately crossed the River Don on an aqueduct and shortly after entered Sykehouse lock which is enormous!

There are Guillotine gates at each end of the aqueduct
There are Guillotine gates at each end of the aqueduct
Looking down at the River Don
Looking down at the River Don
Sykehouse Lock. Yes "Just Heaven" is in there somewhere!
Sykehouse Lock. Yes Just Heaven is in there somewhere!

Quite a few lift & swing bridges today, but all these worked perfectly. Next we turned onto the Aire & Calder navigation. This is a commercial waterway running wide, deep & straight. We haven’t yet met any large frieghters but maybe that’s because it’s the weekend. For the first couple of hours we didnt meet any boats at all, but later on it got quite busy, with lots of local boaters out enjoying the good weather.

The Aire & Calder - wide, deep and straight
The Aire & Calder - wide, deep and straight

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