Goole to Pollington Lock

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Goole to Pollington Lock

Postby Chris'n'Dave » Tue Jul 19, 2016 11:24 pm

Goole is a Port and a busy town, the Aire and Calder Canal Meets with the Ouse and from Goole you can head out to Sea, head South to the Trent or West to the Leeds Liverpool or the Keadby Canal and then South to Doncaster, Sheffield and eventually Birmingham, London or North as far as Selby, York and Ripon.

This First Journey is Goole to Pollington Lock, Pollington Lock is the first Lock on the Journey West, cruising time is approx 2.5 hours, around 10 miles at 4mph, it is not unusual to not see another boat in transit during cruise of this short duration,

Our aim is to reach Pollington around 1.00pm have a walk and explore the Lock then lunch and a lazy afternoon and a wander into Pollington village to the Kings Head that has an excellent reputation for its steaks.

We finish our checks, Water and oil levels as they should be and 50 gallons of fuel onboard, approx half a tank, Pippistrelle is pretty frugal she burns approx .80 of a litre of fuel an hour so our expected usage there and back is around 1 gallon, we are paying 50p a litre for fuel at the moment so the return cost for this leg is approx £2.00. our domestic water is full and our shore power disconnected the 2100w invertor automatically kicks in not that there is a lot for it to do, just a fridge freezer to run while we are off shore power as we also have a 2000w Honda generator too for long stints, engine stated and warming up we untie and slip our mooring, a bit of maneuvering is required to get us pointing the right direction but we weave our way through the Marina and join the Canal, to our starboard is access to the Port of Hull and the Lock into the Ouse / Humber there are a number of coasters loading fertilizer, gravel and other goods in the Port but we turn to Port and head West, we pass the BW public moorings, waterpoint and loos / pumpout and on our starboard side, moored up are several lafarge barges, these are some 200ft long, 20ft wide and draw 10foot when fully loaded, they have recently been mothballed but were in daily use up to a couple of months ago, you can buy one of these for around a £100k (scrap value) and they would make a smashing home, on our left we can see the Waterways Museum, they have several interesting craft moored alongside, as well as exhibits in and around the Museum, it is free to visit and very interesting, ahead is a narrowing and a flood barrier, I have never seen it closed but as we pass through it the railway line passes overhead and sudddenly the industrialization of Goole makes way for countryside, during the summer months the vegetation along the Canals is quite dense but the towpath itself is well managed, the grass is cut regularity by teams of groundsmen from the water authority, we may pay more for our licences on the rivers and canals but we do get good service (in my opinion, others would disagree) as we chug along a pair of Herons hopscotch ahead of us and although we are only a mile from Goole the silence of the countryside is only broken by the noise of the kettle boiling and the prospect of a nice cup of tea as we carry on, ahead of us we can see the white outline of the Black Horse Public House at Rawcliffe, this is one of those pubs that has great potential but has had a spate of temporary landlords who seem to have not quite made the best of it, the odd occasion we have found it open we have had some nice meals and a nice pint or two, they have just refurbished the moorings attached to the pub and they are filling quite nicely as they are charging approx a quarter of the going rate in order to fill the up, alongside the pub there are some public moorings that give access through the beer garden to the pub, but not today we pass the pub and under a stone bridge where the canal widens to around 100 foot wide, ahead of us in the distance we can see the cars passing over the Canal on the M18 to our right there is a large picnic area known as the sugar mill ponds, at some time in the past there was a sugar mill on the site but is now a well managed fishery and picnic area, we are now halfway through our journey to Pollington, as we approach the concrete structure that supports the M18 the noise of the traffic starts to be heard and once under the Bridge it is quite loud, but the architecture and structural achievement is always fascinating to me, at 4 miles an hour we carry on while the busy world above us screams along at 70, as the noise of the motorway fades away the hedgerows have disappeared and you can now see for miles across the flat landscape of East Yorkshire, another stone hump back bridges appears with an expansive canal side residence, the rumour is this residence was gifted by the coal workers union to one of its top knobs after the miners strike for services to the cause, we pass under the bridge and passed a number of people fishing a match on the section between this and the next bridge, the e ticket is that which ever bank you fish from your rod should not extend beyond the centre of the canal, if you are able you navigate in the remaining water providing its safe and there is not another craft on that side, the canal is clear so we take to the other side of centre which is appreciated with a friendly acknowledgment as we continue towards our next bridge, the next bridge is followed by a sharp left turn and it is easy to find yourself on the wrong side if you cut the corner, not a problem if no one is approaching the blind bend but that is not always the case, however we get through the bend and continue we can see the Nature reserve on our left and the Junction, Known as new Junction where the canal splits to head south, we carry on for another 15 Minutes until the Lock gates appear and we look for a mooring on our right, the public moorings are adjacent the private moorings and a picnic area and water point is available, the moorings are completely empty and we have them too ourselves, after tying up and setting our fenders we take Jess (our labrador) for a walk around the locks, most of the locks in this part of the system are remotely operated, so there is no heaving and grunting involved, just insert a key and push the buttons in the right order and job done. so that is the first journey completed, the next section will be Pollington to Castleford.
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Re: Goole to Pollington Lock

Postby SteveO » Wed Jul 20, 2016 7:03 pm

Thanks, Chris and Dave, for a very interesting tale of a trip on the Yorkshire Broads. It all sounds a bit more relaxed and less frenetic than the Norfolk Broads, where high season is now upon us. We were moored on Perci's Island last Sunday afternoon to fish and watch the antics on Horning Village Staithe and the Bure resembled the M25 at times in terms of volumes of traffic.

Keep it coming.


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Re: Goole to Pollington Lock

Postby roya » Thu Jul 21, 2016 9:10 am

nice one Dave,
good to see you posting on a boaty forum again.

Super blog if i may say so,
any piccies perchance.

how did the show go.
just old and knackered.

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