Wednesday 16th May 2018
Saxilby to Burton Waters Marina
3.25 miles, 0 locks
It was a very short walk for Monty and I this morning as the towpath only extends the length of the moorings cut off by the railway behind us and a main road ahead.
Saxilby seems to take a great pride in its history judging by the number of information boards there are scattered about. There is certainly no shortage of reading material.
Sadly at least one of the pubs (The Ship Inn) mentioned below is no longer in existence
It was just a short trip, but oh how boring - definitely a Roman construction - straight as far as the eye can see.
We were afforded a distant view of the Cathedral - I hope for better as we get nearer to Lincoln
When we headed off on Tuesday to find a pub to have dinner, our guest and driver had hoped to get to Woodcocks, but we failed to find it. Today we just stumbled upon it en route! From the road you have to head to Burton Waters Marina. I rather suspect we ended up with a better meal at the Pyewipe, so it was a happy outcome.
The entrance to the marina is a pair of lock gates with the on site restaurant in the distance
We moored up on the diesel point as the visitor moorings were full of cruisers.
We reported to reception (below). We were expected and all the paper work was ready for us. We were escorted to security (yes this marina is large enough to have a whole security team) to be issued with key fobs to allow us access to our pontoon gate, rubbish areas, elsan (they spell it elson for some reason) etc and we then made our way through
a field of white cruisers of all shapes and sizes
to moor up with the very few (probably about 15) narrow boats.
We really were nestled in among a sea of white cruisers, many to them were big, very shiny and very expensive. The wind was up, so mooring was done with great care!
This really is a huge marina surrounded by houses and with a few businesses on site. There are financial services, solicitors, hairdressers, beauticians and a couple of restaurants, but nowhere to buy a pint of milk!! Boat sales is big business.
I have to say I do agree with this sentiment.
The local avian residents seem to be grey geese all busy with little ones and consequently it is dodge the goose poo every time you walk anywhere,
Thursday morning Monty and I headed off to walk along the towpath - you do get a better view of the marina entrance from up there
There is more reading material along the way
It was a tough life
We made it to the Pyewipe and the sea of tepees - it was just over a mile, but oh how boring. Apart from the notice boards there really was nothing of interest to look at. Still it emptied the dog prior to us heading home for a few days. Normal service will resume shortly.