Loldia’s Return Day 6: Islip to Peterborough

13th April
35 miles
15 locks

The day dawned beautifully and the first task of the day was to fill the diesel tank. We’d been in touch with Alan from fuel boat Bletchley (an unconverted big Woolwich) who sells coal and diesel up and down the Nene.

(If you want very reasonably priced -92p/l last week- diesel on the Nene,
Alan Buckle trades as ANA Fuels and can be contacted at 07856 686363. Or see Bletchley’s Facebook Page. )

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He was tied up above Upper Barnwell lock and we came alongside to fill Loldia’s tank. Alan also gave us a box of fresh eggs from the hens on the moorings there. Very tasty they were too!

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On our way again towards Peterborough we saw our neighbours on nb Eleanor at Cotterstock lock. They’re off for a summer of boating!

Water Newton lock was looking particularly pretty. It’s one of the lovliest locks on the Nene I think.

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By the early evening we were in Peterborough, and decided to stop at the rowing lake moorings. We tied up next to another boat and went to have dinner in the pub overlooking the moorings. There were some kids sitting drinking and chatting but we weren’t worried, they seemed friendly enough. However after a roast dinner (two for £9.99!) we got back to the boat to find they’d lit a bonfire very close to the boat and were being generally high spirited and noisy. The other boat was just leaving too. So we set off in the dark to the embankment in town where finally found a bit of peace and quiet!

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