Leeds to Rodley and beyond…

We set off at 7am aiming for Rodley, which is the first place BW tell you is safe to moor after you have left Clarence Dock. We were joined by Mark and Carol and thier 5 children and 2 dogs, who were keen for an early start and to share the locks en route. It was a bit of a push against the current the 1/4 mile or so up river to “River Lock”. Getting into the lock moorings were tricky as the current slammed the boats against the wall. Still we made it OK. We went into the lock to wait until BW came to unlock the top gates. I took phots of the pictures on the boards that seperated the lock from the building site..

Boarding at River Lock

And we waited for BW to come and unlock the gates….until Paul realised only one of the top gates was locked! We finally got going and made our way through the outskirts of Leeds, quite scenic in parts and help from BW staff at some of the locks.

Leaving Leeds

Alan and Carol made sure their children and dogs were properly fitted out with life jackets. Don’t they look cute

Carol and Soloman and dogs

We made Rodley by about 2pm. This is where we had stopped last year, when we travelled the route with Geof. Paul insisted we push onto Bingley, so we rolled in at 7 and moored by the pub. Caught up with Nicky.

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