Standard narrowboat hire is one thing but wide beams churned out after ten minutes training create heavy weight fear. The beastly mass of burgundy smacked us once, then again and again before careering off into every other moored boat, eventually disappearing out of sight. We have plan. Next one that crunches it’s way along us gets the knock out blow of a toilet flush…no inline carbon filters fitted here. This boat bites back.
Murk raced his way round Skipton Castle Woods, sending Chihuahuas flying, skittling oldies and crashing through buggies he was in his element. Skipton Castle – one of the finest examples of a Medieval castle (yaaaaaawn Sar), is partly surrounded by the Springs Branch of The Leeds and Liverpool canal. Built in 1797 for Lord Thanet who lived in Skipton Castle, owned potentially lucrative limestone quarries but who needed to create a link to the main network in order to transport stone to Leeds.The branch is open to boats up to 35ft.
Moorings are chock, Skiptonites are making the most of Friday night.