Friday, 16 July 2010

No water, no stay.

I know you will find this hard to believe but there is no supply of fresh drinking water for boaters in St. Neots.  The Imray guide shows a water point, the Environment Agency map shows a water point but... it doesn't work.  I contacted the EA and got the response that the local council had cut off the supply because it was abused. An alternative tale from a local boater is that the council provided the water but that the EA wouldn't pay for it.  I have now emailed the Town council and while they think about responded we have simply pulled pins and moved on towards Bedford in search of fresh water. 
Caxton waiting at Eaton Socon lock landing, the first lock going out of St. Neots.
It's a bit special isn't it?

And so is this.  We are approaching the A1 and about to go underneath both carriageways.  I have driven over this too many times to count but this is the first time I have seen it from the water.
And now we have gone under the northbound carriageway.

Roxton lock landing - it was a bit of a struggle getting in here as the wind was gusting a warp speed and pushing Caxton away - a little temper might have been shown...
We're in
The weather was getting a bit lively by the time we approached Gt Barford - time to stop perhaps
And so we did. Another fine Goba mooring.
Barford Bridge

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great views but the water thing is dreadful.

We can survive on bottled water for drinking, we can cruise dirty, but no water means no loo on Indigo Dream - catastrophe!!

Hope you find water soon!

Sue, Indigo Dream

Sue said...

Bit of a shock that no water in St Neots, hope they sort that out.

The water outside the pub opposite where you are, but I expect you already know that..

Really enjoying your cruise, I miss it!

Sue said...

Hi,
Will you be at the River Festival this weekend in Bedford?
I will be 'working' for Marston Vale Forest Centre, and our base is nb Carpe Diem (Ithink!!). It is owned by our Volunteer Co-ordinator Joan and hubby Terry. I will be there on Sunday. would be lovely to see you there.
Sue

Nb Caxton said...

Sue
Caxton has a 720ltr fresh water tank which will last us a week provided we don't want to run the washing machine. Here at Great Barford there is water so we will fill our tanks Monday morning and switch on the Meile on our way to Bedford!
Lesley

Nb Caxton said...

Sue
We will be coming into Bedford on Monday am. If you are about please come and say hello..
Lesley

Nb Caxton said...

Sue (No Problem)
We are so grateful to you for introducing us to this part of the world through your blog - next summer we may well repeat the experience it's that good!
Lesley

Sue said...

Hi Lesley,
Yes, I think Monday sounds a good idea! Will you moor in Priory Marina? If not, can you let me know?
Sue