It rained substantially over night, but by the time we were ready to go the sun was up again, but I was surprised to find that the flood lock at West Haddlesey was closed and the level indicator board was showing amber as we eventually entered the lock.
The other side of the lock and we were on the five mile long Selby Canal, it was a very pleasant rural run, if a little weedy, into the Abbey Town of Selby. Brian held up the traffic whilst opening the swing bridge and we entered Selby basin and settled down to explore the place. We had plenty of time as our booked passage for the tidal lock, was for four o’clock on tomorrow (Wednesday) when we would catch the incoming tide to run us up towards York.
The Abbey is indeed sparkling clean and the majority of the town is attractive, but with much of the industry gone there is room for improvement, although where an old paper mill has been demolished there are plans for a new marina.
We watched several boats come downstream from York going sideways as they crossed the river to come back upstream to enter the lock, reminisces of entering Limehouse on the Thames last year, only the entrance to this lock was a fraction of the size, our return will be interesting!