BWBC Cruise in Company
Saturday 11th July, 2020. A moderate breeze and the sun fighting with the clouds to be seen. The cruise today would take boaters through Lincoln and down to Fiskerton Fen nature reserve on the river Witham.
Just after 10:00am, six boats set sail from Burton Waters heading to Lincoln and met up with the seventh boat from Brayford Pool at Stamp End lock. We were greeted by the smiling faces of the lock crew, Barry, Graham, Ann and Laura. It is very rare to arrive at Stamp End and be able to enter straight into the lock, thankyou and well done to the team.
It was an enjoyable and uneventful run to Fiskerton. Once a narrow boat had moved on, there was enough room for all boats to comfortably moor and partake in lunch.
After a short break, some of the crews set off in a socially distanced walk around the nature reserve venturing as far as the thatched roof hide and the brewery, where, despite ringing the bell, nobody came.
Three of the boats were not returning to Lincoln and they set off with intention of reaching Boston. (Heard later that at least one decided Kirkstead Bridge and Woodhall Spa was far enough)
With a 16:00 appointment with the lock crew, the four remaining boats cast off about 14:30 for the return run. We arrived a little early, despite a head wind, but the crew arrived in time to help us all through.
We’ve had Lockdown for a long time now but with restrictions slowly being lifted, it was lovely to see familiar faces and meet up again, all doing something we love and enjoy. Here’s looking forward to our next opportunity.