Thursday 15th - We set off for Skipton. Very quiet along the canal, some lovely views sharing the driving and swing bridging. Victoria tending to do the motorised ones holding all the traffic up and David using his muscles for the non-motorised bridges.
We made Skipton in good time. Watch out for day boat hirers having just picked their boats up if you go this way but we managed to avoid them. Stopped at the water point in Skipton.
We moored just the other side of the swing bridge in Skipton. Nice mooring and convenient for Morrisons, Tesco and the train station. Had a walk round Skipton.
Friday 16th August - Victoria's 29th Birthday today. Went shopping in the morning. Birthday cake made by David. Excellent tasting end product but had quite an interesting time making it and in Dave's words was quite a repair job with icing..... Also please note that cake in new cake tins given as leaving present from work (thank you to neuro).
That evening we travelled back to Leeds by train for Victoria's leaving do from her job. Thanks to all who attended, it was lovely to see you and we had a great time. We were also joined by Tim & Ben our friends from university, lovely to see them.
Saturday 17th August - Not as hungover as we could have been which was a bonus! Up and off reasonably early despite the late evening but it was a short day. Made it to the outskirts of Gargrave just after Holme Bridge Lock. The hangover kicked in later on and Victoria gave up and went back to bed. We had a walk in to Gargrave and then we were joined by Victoria's Dad, Rob, for dinner that evening - thank you to Dad for driving 60 miles each way to see us - or perhaps it was for the roast dinner with Mum being on holiday.
Sunday 18th August - Started off quite rainy this morning but it cleared up and turned into a beautiful day. We had a visit for the day today by Gemma, Victoria's old housemate, who travelled from Kendal to meet us. We walked up Flasby Fell to look at the view with our boat featuring in the landscape.
Had lunch aboard then set off boating through Gargrave. It was Gemma's initiation session but she did well. Shared locks with one of the Silsden hireboats. They were very new to locking so delicate instruction required from Victoria to get the boats in order and up the lock. Not so delicate instruction given by the mother to her crew of teenage boys, whilst panicking on their first boating holiday.
Moored for the night on the aqueduct over the River Aire. A lovely mooring with a great view, first recommended to us by the crew of NB Coventina.