Spalding Flower Parade
Trip on the River Welland, over the May Bank Holiday
Trailboats make use of the new slipway at Crowland on the River Welland, May 2008
Over the 2008 May Bank Holiday weekend, two of our members joined several other trailboaters to make use of the new slipway at Crowland to gain access to the River Welland, in order to attend the Spalding Flower Parade.
Boats waiting to launch at the Crowland Slipway River Welland
Four Wilderness Boats joined another trailboat and a Spalding Water Taxi,
For the parade day itself they were all dressed overall to fit the occasion, and cruised the river to Fulney Lock and back - receiving many friendly waves from the banks. They then gathered at the EA mooring in Spalding for the duration of the parade itself.
Boats dressed overall at Spalding EA Moorings
That evening the boats moored at the Yacht club - then on the Sunday several boated down the Coronation Channel to take advantage of mooring by the Springfields Outlet Shopping Centre for some retail therapy.
Also over the weekend most boats tackled the trip upstream to Peakirk Pumping Station, this side cut was surprisingly deep and clear, however, when the boats tried to continue upstream past the Peakirk Junction, a combination of shoals (see Google Map for a clear illustration of these) and the current from the Maxey Cut prevented navigation to the Deeping Railway Bridge and beyond, which was a disappointment.
Junction to Peakirk Pumping station
Several attempts were made by different routes - but all to no avail. Resorting to shank's pony two members walked the river to the remains of Low locks in Deeping St James - the start of the Stamford Canal - and felt that a Wilderness boat may have managed voyage thus far.
The EA moorings at Crowland were also used to visit the Abbey at Croyland and the village, plus the hospitality of Ye Olde Bridge Inn. On the Monday at least two other boats were using the slipway and their families enjoying the river.
Over this one weekend the new slipway enabled visiting boats access to Welland adding to the economy of the area, as well as reminding the community of their local boating amenities and opportunities. The event was very successfully organised by our member Richard Fairman, who is always willing to help any members wishing to visit or cruise the Welland or Glen rivers.
Our website www.eawa.co.uk has a virtual tour of the Stamford Canal by our member Steve Machin.
Report from: Ivan Cane, Darren Cooke (NAVI).