Ilkeston - Green's
w/e 06 October
Whilst out walking recently I happened to be at Green's Lock
on the Erewash Canal just as a narrow boat was approaching. Although
I have lived in the area all my life and have passed the lock
many times, I cannot recollect having seen a boat pass through
it before. A lady on the boat jumped onto the towpath and expertly
opened the sluice gates to allow to water level in the lock to
fall to the lower level causing quite a bit of turbulence as
can be seen above.
After one of the lock gates had been opened, the narrow boat
inched its way into the lock.
Water was let back into the lock and as the boat rose, I chatted
for a few minutes with the gentleman on board. Despite what it
says on the side of the boat, he told me they had set off from
Northampton on a three week trip to explore the "Leicester
Loop" based on the Rivers Trent and Soar.
By taking three weeks for the trip instead of the normal two,
it allowed them time to take leisurely diversions into Nottingham
and along canals like this one - all a far cry from the hustle
and bustle of this modern age when one can reach Northampton
down the motorway in less than a couple of hours.
Pausing the boat again after passing through the lock just long
enough to close the gate behind them, I wondered how many times
they would have to repeat this task before returning the boat
to its Northampton base.
From Northampton, they would have to make their way home to Essex
but wishing them "Bon Voyage" as they headed off towards
Langley Mill, I hoped that they had enjoyed their visit to the
East Midlands and that they would soon return to continue their
exploration of our beautiful country.