We left our tall tale with us turning left to the closest pub. What proceeded was such a narrow section of the waterways network. We carefully navigated the waters and prayed to meet no oncoming traffic.
As we trundled our way up until the Pub was in sight, the welcoming view of The Wharf at Weldon, only one problem, both sides of the canal were lined with moored boats, and as we approached the end of this waterways arm we saw to our horror a Winding Hole.
Now time for some essential boat etiquette and definitions – A Winding Hole is a location on the Waterways for boats to turn in, more importantly this is pronounced Winding like the Wind was howling, not winding, like quit winding me up.
This was our first experience with a winding hole and it’s fair to say we (James, I have nothing to do with driving!) were a tad daunted at the prospect. With a pub full of onlookers we went about our mission, and he did an awesome job, turning all 57ft of us perfectly.
Just when we thought we had nailed it we spied through the overgrown shrubbery a boat heading directly for us! Panic stations people as we quickly reversed up and into said shubbery to avoid the oncoming boat. We got out ok (Minus our chimney hat!) and continued our journey back down to find a mooring.
A small injury on my part later and we were moored and on route to the pub, just a couple of minutes walk down the towpath. When we got there even better news it was a beer festival! Cue us stumbling back to our boat a few hours later.
James struggled to sleep away from the Marina and woke at ungodly 0400am! After walking the girls the clanging in the kitchen grew increasing louder (My cue to wake up) and we set off back at 0600am.
Being out at that time was stunning, everywhere was peaceful and quiet, we didn’t pass another boat, and the wildlife around was lovely, from the Heron which followed us the whole of our journey, or our swan family who came out again to welcome us home [See them here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJTFj0fpq_Y].
Arriving back at the marina James did an amazing job of mooring us back up where we should be … I think we can safely call that a successful first trip out!
James & Kirsty