We wanted to maximise the cruising time with Ann & Brian, having lost a couple of days at Selby and as we would be coming back through York we pushed of. Our destination was Boroughbridge, twenty miles and two locks upstream, this seems a long way in canal terms, but travel on the river is much faster, no slowing down for moored boats and averaging five mph. with a stop for lunch at Linton Lock we arrived within five hours. No hazards at all provided you keep well to the right of the red markers at Linton Lock as silt deposited from the weir has built a substantial sand bar.
We did pass a boat that had come to grieve, obviously got stranded by a flood, a reminder as to just how unpredictable rivers can be and the lonely signpost that indicated when the River Ouse became the Ure
We moored in the long cut of Milby lock next to small market town of Boroughbridge. The Great North Road used to pass through here and there was thirty inns providing horses and accommodation for travellers, now the A1 passes half a mile to the west of the town. Another useless piece of information is that the handsome well in the centre of the square is 256ft. deep and as you might expect their was a Battle of Boroughbridge.
We checked out the bus stops as Brian and Ann would be leaving us tomorrow and after a drink in the The Anchor, returned to SKYY for dinner and a sing along to the Mamma Mia DVD, sad or what!