Also, rather than having flights of locks seperated by pounds, many on the climb up from Leeds are in 'staircases' of two or three. This means one lock empties directly into the next and although hardly rocket science one does have to think carefully about managing the water levels. The most challenging, the famous 'Bingley Five rise' was actually a doddle as there were two permanent lock keepers and two volunteers so we didn't have to do a thing. We're heading to Skipton on Monday which is meant to be really nice and it has a chandlery. This is necessary as we have already lost two of the rather horrid rope fenders that came with the boat and I want to replace them all and buy other stuff - I have a list but I bet it won't reflect what I actually buy.
|Approaching the dreaded 5 rise|
|Someone's happy as we have no gates to heave or paddles to fight.|
|Almost at the top|
|Someone's been busy this early in the season. I count 16 chicks.|