A brighter morning greeted us after yesterday's rain.
This is a big river and flowing quite fast, so we made very good time on the three miles to Beeston Lock, where we went back on to a canal section into Nottingham.
So, the Hoods finally arrived in Nottingham! No fanfare of trumpets greeted us, just a few seedy looking ducks. There were plenty of mooring places along the towpath but the best one (away from traffic noise) necessitated going through the lock in the centre of town, turning round and then going back up through the lock. The handsome building in the background is the former offices of British Waterways (now the C&RT).
We set off for the Castle; it sits above the town on a high sandstone outcrop. It has a chequered history. Although the foundations date back to a Norman motte and bailey structure, the castle has been destroyed, burnt down and rebuilt numerous times. The main building is now a beautiful Georgian style mansion, a bit like a miniature Blenheim, and houses a museum and art gallery.
The view from the verandah surrounding the main Castle building was panoramic; you could see for miles.
Today: 11 miles, 5 locks and 4.1 hours.
Trip: 165 miles, 103 locks and 120.7 hours.