A blog about our big adventure on our narrowboat 'Amarantine'

Monday, 9 August 2010

We've reached our goal - Ripon

We set out from Peterborough on 11th June and finally reached our destination 'Ripon', North Yorkshire on Saturday 7th August at 3.15pm.

Its been a fantastic journey. We have enjoyed every minute.

After leaving York we cruised on to Boroughbridge (my growing up territory). My sister and partner came by and we spent the evening doing a tour of all the pubs I frequented in my younger days. Not too many changes in all those years. The weir on the river and the salmon ladders where we used to swim haven't changed at all.

Saturday morning off we set for the final leg of our planned journey to Ripon. Lots of open water cruising finished off with the short Ripon Canal with three of the best locks we have come across on our travels. Very well looked after and maintained, not to mention easy to use.

The moorings near to the canal basin in Ripon are really good. The canal basin itself having a small courtyard of shops. Very pretty.

First job when we arrived was to visit Mum (and take her my washing). Second job - check out the locals.

We are going to Leeds on Tuesday to visit my sister in her new house (by car, not by boat). Then we will plan our journey back down to Peterborough. We will stop off in Lincoln and Boston on the way back down. We have friends we hope can join us on their boat, plus friends to visit in both places.

We are having visitors to the boat today, so some major cleaning works need to be undertaken to make her look decent. There are a lot of war wounds from the canals which will need attention when we get back.

The salmon ladders at Boroughbridge - one of my favourite playgrounds.

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