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Fenland Tour Summer 2001

4 - Lincoln to Southrey - Fossdyke Navigation and River Witham, inc River Witham Old Course and Nocton Delph.

Sunday 1st July 2001

We said our good bye's to Pat and Lesley and agreed to meet up with John and Frogmoore II again at around pub time that evening - if we could find one......for TNC were finally going ditch crawling - literally! John had to stay with his ladies until they were due to leave Boston, by train at 15.00ish.
We left at 08.45. Mucho piccies and video taken of Glory Hole in Lincoln. As we arrived at Stamp End Lock, the West London Adelaide Marine hire boat “Caroline” was just leaving. This is believed to have some book writing geezer (Nick Corble) on it that was having 6 months on this boat. By the time Neil had sorted the guillotine out, we were beeped by a cruiser, who joined us. 
Below Lincoln the River Witham gradually opens out into a wide and deep channel. We soon let cruiser pass. We arrived at Bardney Lock at 12.10 and the cruiser crew (moored up) helped us with the lock. At 12.20 we turned LEFT out of the lock and start up the River Witham (Old Course). There was once a marina up here at Short Ferry, with the caravan park / “Tyrwhitt Inn”. JC had been up to the pub and said the place was infested with anglers and did not welcome boaters. 
Careful progress was made up to the junction with weir stream round lock and then turned left (12.40) continued up old course to Short Ferry Bridge and the pub........but ignoring the “deep mud” signs we carried on. Very dodgy from now on but managed to get all the way up to the Ferry Hill pumping station. Here we ground to a halt as it is only a foot deep! Neil backed off and keeping close to west bank managed to get far enough up to swing the stern into the pumping station out fall cut. This is fairly deep and we just managed to wind, without taking out the weed boom (13.10) 
We then we carried on back to pub and the winging landlord came out, making sure that we had not damaged the weed boom. All signs of the breach in the dike to the abandoned marina has been eliminated, only a small bit of piling shows its whereabouts. We got back to junction with the weir stream and turned right to try our luck up there. There was a strong current from the weir. It was fairly easy to get up to the weir, but as there was such a strong flow we decided to reverse out. Fairly fast astern passage back to junction. Pete Sykes was the bowthruster bow positioning man. 
We got back to junction at 14.10 and back at Bardney Lock at 14.25. We carried on past the Bardney sugar factory and arrived at entrance to Nocton Delph at 15.05. This has a sharp angled turn, but we just assumed that flood doors were open and that it was to be as weed free as good old John Fleming had marked on our Nicholson's when we last here in 1996. Weed free it was and at 15.05 we start up the 3.5 miles long dike. 
There was occasional lily pad infestation and a small bit of blanket weed, but problem was depth of WATER as opposed to depth of SILT. A mile from the end the Lancaster / Spitfire / Hurricane Battle of Britain flight came over and a few American fighters, from the Airshow that was on that weekend. We though that the continuing rumble of jet engines was carrying on for a long time, when we then looked in horror at stern of boat. It was 4 inches out on the water and the noise was air being drawn under counter! Still we carry on and get to within a stones throw of the end / junction (N 53 degrees 10.115 minutes, W 00 degrees 21.870 minutes-- O^S Sheet 121 087645  ) with Car Dyke at 16.40. This was by a water pump intake, going passed this would have got us “off channel”. 
Fortunately there was not too much weed at this end as reversing out required a LOT of thrashing and power. Soon Neil had enough of this and with a LOT of dredging / poling / bowthruster we manage a wind. (17.00 to 17.15) Going back was much easier, as long as we did not stray from “our” cut. We got back to flood doors at 18.05 and waited until 18.35 for the arrival of John Chapman in Frogmoore II. After a bit of going past it confusion we both moor up at the Dunston Fen pontoon VM at 19.00. This is opposite Southrey and has the excellent “White Horse” pub, where we spent the rest of the evening. Batemans beer and a nice steak. Very friendly landlord. It ended up an overcast but hot evening, so we stayed outside all the time.

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Looking back to Fossdyke Navigation. Brayford Pool. Lincoln.

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Lincoln University. Brayford Pool. Lincoln.

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VM and Harbourmasters Office. Brayford Pool. Lincoln.

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The River Witham comes in here, from the SE corner. Brayford Pool. Lincoln.

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The navigable River Witham exits here, the NE corner. Brayford Pool. Lincoln.

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Approaching the Glory Hole. Lincoln. River Witham.

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The Glory Hole. Lincoln. River Witham.

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Inside the the Glory Hole. Lincoln. River Witham.

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The Glory Hole. Lincoln. River Witham.

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Lincoln. River Witham.

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Lincoln. River Witham.

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Lincoln. River Witham.

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Stamp End. Lincoln. River Witham.

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We pass NB Caroline. Stamp End. Lincoln. River Witham.

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Lincoln Cathedral.

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Stamp End Lock. Lincoln. River Witham.

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Pete Sykes cranks Stamp End Lock. Lincoln. River Witham.

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Leaving Stamp End Lock. Lincoln. River Witham.

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Leaving Lincoln. River Witham.

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Leaving Lincoln. River Witham.

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Washingborough VM pontoon and old station. River Witham.

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Washingborough VM pontoon and old station. River Witham.

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Five Mile Farm Footbridge. River Witham.

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Sluice down to the Old Course. River Witham.

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Approaching Bardney Lock. River Witham.

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Looking back towards Lincoln from Bardney Lock. River Witham.

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Bardney Lock. River Witham.

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Bardney Lock. River Witham.

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Starting up the River Witham Old Course.

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Short Ferry Bridge. River Witham Old Course - Barlings Eau.

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Tyrwhitt Arms pub. River Witham Old Course - Barlings Eau.

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Ferry Hill Pumping Station. River Witham Old Course - Barlings Eau.

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River Witham Old Course - Barlings Eau.

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River Witham Old Course - Barlings Eau.

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After wind - Short Ferry Bridge and Trywhitt Arms. River Witham Old Course - Barlings Eau.

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Looking up at North Delph and sluice to River Witham. River Witham Old Course.

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Ready to reverse out. River Witham Old Course.

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Looking back at Old Course, lock to left. River Witham.

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Looking back. South Bankside Drain to left. River Witham.

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Bardney VM pontoon. River Witham.

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Looking back at Bardney Bridge. River Witham.

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River Witham.

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We have just started up Nocton Delph.

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Nocton Delph.

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Silt skimming!!! - still going along with counter 4 inches up!!! Nocton Delph.

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Nocton Delph.

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Nearing the end of Nocton Delph.

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Pump intake blocks the channel. Car Dyke beyond the bridge. Nocton Delph.

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Peter Brown and Pete Sykes. Coming back down Nocton Delph.

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Back at Nocton Delph Flood Doors.

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We have just exited Nocton Delph Flood Doors.

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The White Horse Inn at Dunston Fen / Southrey. River Witham.

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Dunston Fen VM Pontoon. River Witham.

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The White Horse Inn. Dunston Fen. River Witham.

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Pete Sykes, John Chapman and Peter Brown. The White Horse Inn. Dunston Fen. 

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