Swanning Around

Sorry and easy pun but difficult to avoid. Another lovely day on the New Junction Canal, with its interesting bridges and aqueducts.

These two swans flew low past the boat and swooped in to land, a lovely sight.

Lady Teal watches two swans land
Two Swans landing on the New Junction Canal

new junction canal

A glorious day on the New Junction canal in Yorkshire. Built in 1905 probably the last major canal built in the U.K.

A lovely quiet spot.

New Junction canal
Lovely morning on new junction canal

on the Aire and Calder on the way to Goole

On the Aire and Calder

Starting with River improvements in 1704 and ending with the new junction canal in 1905 the Aire and Calder has a long history. In addition to being responsible for the creation of Goole it allowed improved links to York and Leeds.

It’s a lovely broad canal with huge automatic locks and lovely places to stop.

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House boat in Goole

A rather different live aboard in Goole
A rather different live aboard in Goole

Rumour has it that it is going to the Isle of Man.

Certainly wouldn’t get it under any of the bridges on the Aire and Calder. It is great looking and will make a super house for someone. In the right place it well be stunning, not too sure that Goole docks is that place!

Well that makes you move out of the way

This is what I love about the South Yorks navigations, its not just the views, the aqueducts, the variety of bridges, its the commercial traffic.

Runing into, not literally, stuff luck this is brilliant. We all love seeing these boats plying our waterways.

Exol Pride, South Yorks Navigation
Exol Pride, South Yorks Navigation

EXOL PRIDE (IMO: 7803437, MMSI: 235065013) is an oil products tankerbuilt in 1979 and currently sailing under the flag of United Kingdom. EXOL PRIDE has 61m (200 feet) length overall and beam of 6m (19.5 feet). Her gross tonnage is 380 tons, deadweight of 620 tonnes.

In short a big lump of metal. We met her as we were about to go over the Bramwith Aqueduct, itself a strange thing as it is also a weir. The guillotine gates are to protect the navigation in case the Don comes up into flood.

Exol Pride South Yorks Navigation
Exol Pride South Yorks Navigation