Day 30 From Ferrybridge to the Junction canal mid way.
We left our moorings at Ferrybridge and this morning we are collecting Mike, we have arranged to meet at Morrisons supermarket in Knottingley just a few miles away. Mike is going to travel with us on our adventure on The Trent in a couple of days time.
His wife, our friend Barbie kindly drove Mike to us on loan and we loaded him and provisions at an old quarry wharf as there were no convenient boarding areas.
The weather remains good, no sign of rain and if we make it through to midnight, this will be a first!
Our journey on the Aire and Calder was interesting and very different from the canals of southern England which we are used to. The landscape very flat and the horizon interrupted only by the occasional nest of cooling towers.
All the locks, and there are only a few, are electrically operated and very large. I can get off at these and sniff around but there is a marked absence of my kind, and theirs come to think about it. There is very little traffic. We stopped at lunch for a picnic, (a first on this holiday) see picture, the weather is mild and it was a pleasant interlude.
In the afternoon we joined The New Junction Canal, this was the last canal built in England, it is dead straight for over five miles. We decided to stop for the evening about half way along.
Here there was plenty of quiet play area, albeit in a very linear fashion, I took my long haired one on a lovely long walk before I had supper and fell asleep because I am still exhausted from the visit by those young humans.
I am attaching a picture of us having our picnic.
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