S05E03 – Rivers-by-Narrowboat – Pollington to Barnby Dun

My journey along the Aire & Calder Navigation continues.

Despite the peaceful surroundings of Pollington visitor moorings, I’m reluctantly forced to cut short my stay as my time there is muddied by a pleasure boat moored in front of mine, packed to the gunwales with young and extremely noisy children.

Moving on I travel the remaining 3 miles to New Canal Junction, which will take me onto the New Junction Canal. However, in a sudden change of plan, I continued on the further 8 miles to the harbor town of Goole.

Along the way, I avoid what appears to be shotgun ricochet, stop for the night at Rawcliffe Bridge (where I make a hash of Corned Beef Hash), as well as discuss the realities of grocery shopping as a full-time live aboard boater.

Arriving at Goole, I seek out the local launderette and catch up on some washing.

A few days later, I leave Goole and head back towards New Canal Junction, where I moor overnight, before heading the 5 1/2 miles along the New Junction Canal, towards my eventual stopover at Barnby Dun.

Along the way, I pass under several enormous lift-bridges. as well as through a few swing bridges.

Sadly at one of these, a sudden gust of wind “grabs” my faithful Original Rogue Drovers Had and before I’m able to quickly tie up and attempt a rescue with the boat hook, it sinks before my very eyes.

Distraught goal undeterred, I continued onward and eventually moor up for a few days at Barnby Dun . . .

Theme tune “Aslan & CHG Are Coming” written and performed by CountryHouseGent.

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