Voyage Home Day 6: Wollaston to Fotheringhay

Start 7:30, finish 6:30

River Nene

30 miles, 18 locks

A grey cold day, with an irritating wind which made negotiating the inadequate Nene lock landings particularly tricky. And I’ve been feeling a bit miserable as a result of all the sunlight over the past few days bringing on an allergic reaction. Normally I don’t get this until much later in the year but the long winter has not prepared my pale skin for 12 hour boating days! It is easily controlled with corticosteroid cream but id not brought mine with me and won’t have a chance to get any until tomorrow in Peterborough.

But the day was brightened by seeing the Yarwoods early on at Ditchford lock. They’re making a dash for the canals and we thought we’d only pass them on the river but a chance meeting at the lock meant a little more time to catch up. They also mentioned that they’d accidentally left a special Nene lock wheel device belonging to the boat they were sharing locks with at Woodford lock, and could we see if it was still there?

It was, and it certainly helps speed up those awful manual Nene locks!

We stopped for the day at Fotheringhay, a lovely little village with great moorings provided by a local landowner for £4 per night. We’d hoped to visit the pub too, but it was closed for refurbishment until tomorrow.

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