York (by bus)

Friday was a big day. We started with the shortish trip along the Selby Canal to moorings in the Selby Basin, followed by a wander into town. At 4.45 we locked out of Selby and into the tidal Ouse. The lock keeper told us it was a low tide, 5ft only, but the there was a strong wind and we could hear the reverberation of the waves through the hull. As with the Severn we found the tidal stretch of the river rather boring with high mud banks and trees blocking most views. We were in company with a cruiser and made good time reaching Naburn Lock in 2 hours only to find the two narrowboats that locked out ahead of us circling in front of the lock. We were kept waiting for 30 minutes or so: apparently the lock would normally have been open for us but three cruisers had gone down onto the river and decided that the level was too low for them and turned back.

By the time we got through the lock it was raining heavily and this continued through the evening. We moored on the day trip boat mooring, there being nowhere else. It was then 8.15 and we decided that rather than Alan starting to make pizzas we would walk to the pub for a meal. 30 minutes later and very wet we discovered that they had stopped serving and we were thoroughly soaked through by the time we made it back to the boat. The walk was notable, apart from the torrents of water, for the number of frogs we had to avoid stepping on, difficult when they were this year’s tinies.

A bright day dawned and two boats moved off in time for us to scarper along before the trip boat arrived at 8.30. We decided to stay put until the weekend’s business was over and took a bus into York. Its many years since we were last here but it remains a most attractive city, and improved by being more pedestrianised since our last visit. We are looking forward to a couple of days mooring at Museum Gardens.

We returned to the boat to discover that the river had risen a couple of feet as last night’s rain travelled down. We’ll keep an eye on it during the evening. We have about a foot before we worry seriously.

River Foss


St Helens


Statistics so far:-

1728.26 Miles, 1062 Locks, 112 Swing Bridges, 72 Lift Bridges, 32 Tunnels


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