Monday 11 July 2011

Updates - July 2011

Chesterfield Canal
Page 9.  Bus route 271  -  delete Kiveton Park, insert Harthill.  Does not run on Sundays.
North Yorkshire Waterways
Page 30.  Approaching Barmby Barrage.  The lock gates will normally be open because the Barrage-keeper will have been advised of your approach by the dispatching lock-keeper.  In addition, there are traffic lights indicating if the lock gates are open or closed, but these can be impossible to see on sunny summer mornings when the sun is behind them.
Boats from Selby may not arrive at slack-water if they are the last of multiple lockfuls leaving, therefore all boats approaching Barmby Barrage should be aware of the flow on the Ouse, and turn into the flow before approaching the lock gates.

This photograph was taken from Barmby Barrage in July 2011, with the ebbing River Ouse flowing right to left.

The boat in the foreground is Richlow's Madeley Wood.

Just upstream of the Barrage, John turned into the flow of the ebbing River Ouse, and is now allowing the river to push Madeley Wood backwards -  while using the engine in slow-ahead so the tiller will steer the boat to keep it straight.

Narrowboat Kano newly arrived on the River Derwent, emerging from the lock-chamber of Barmby Barrage.

The buoys in the foreground guard the sluices which control the Derwent's water levels.

The green sloping installation in the left foreground is a lamprey-ladder, said to be the only one in this country.  Newly-installed it is designed to allow the eel-like lampreys to bypass the Barrage on their quest to reach the fresh water of the Derwent.

On the Derwent.  Narrowboats Kano and Madeley Wood, immediately upstream of Barmby Barrage.  A good pontoon is just out of sight around the bend, to moor and visit the Barrage-keeper to pay for the EA Certificate of Permission to Navigate.

In the summer, there are usually swallows and house martins swooping around the Barrage-keeper's control-cabin.  The martins often build nests under the eaves.