Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Not far today…

We tootled up to Calcutt Locks this morning, expecting to re-fuel at Calcutt Marina.  It’s changed a lot since we were last this way – it’s huge now, instead of just a hole in the ground with a few boats moored.  The services were up between the second and third lock and as we came up to the entrance, which, for those of you who don’t know it, is opposite the first lock landing, 2 boats came shooting out of the marina right in front of us, the first of which went straight into the lock with the boat that we had been following!  Needless to say, we were gobsmacked – never have we seen such blatant rudeness! The second moored up to wait for the lock, apologising, and saying we could go before them, but seeing as we would be sharing the lock with them anyway, there wasn’t much point.  I volunteered to work these three as Rog worked all the Stockton 8 yesterday, but it was really to keep him from having a rant at the bloke who ‘stole’ our lock! When we arrived at the service point there was one boat already there, and one waiting, so we decided that we’d re-fuel at either Wigrams Marina or Napton Marina.  At Napton Junction (aka Wigrams Turn)  we continued straight across the canal into Wigrams Marina and topped up the tank.  By the time we had finished the clouds had thickened and blackened and it was starting to rain, so we moored just past the junction.  It’s still raining now, so I think we made the right decision.

SDC11041Approaching Wigrams Turn – the entrance to the Marina is directly opposite

SDC11043Looking back up the GU

2.6 miles and 3 locks


  1. Hi guys, if you want really a great steak try the the Old Olive Bush in Flecnoe village, moor at bridge 102 and its about a mile or so up the hill. Its tiny so you need to phone and book. The beer's great too!!

    Keep up the good work on the blog, hope to see you soon. All the best Rod, Elaine and Pip NB Water Impulse

  2. Thanks rod and Elaine, will keep it in mind. Did you get my email?
    Pip x


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