But we thought we WOULD try the Kyme Eau, aka Sleaford Navigation, which used to link Sleaford to the Witham. There are plans to restore the full 13 mile length, but the present limit of navigation lies about 3 miles west of South Kyme at Cobblers Lock, with a 'winding hole' to turn boats up to 70ft long.
As we turned off the Witham, past a line of moored boats, we asked a boater what it was like further on. "A bit weedy" the sage replied, and went on fishing. We knew it was reputed to have quite a bit of weed, so this was no surprise and we carried on.
Sure enough, our progress was slow, with the occasional thrust in reverse to clear weed off the propeller, but we made headway to the Bottom Lock, about 1½ miles from the junction, and found that the water was clearer above that. Progress was still limited by shallowness and some weed, but we were able to move a little quicker.
Gradually, however, the weed became thicker and thicker, worse than it had been below the lock, and we entered South Kyme hoping to find that the navigation improved through the village.
It didn't! In fact it became a lot worse, as if the locals didn't really want any boats there. There was nowhere to moor to visit the village, and the navigation itself was horrendously overgrown, with thick willow branches making it near impossible for us to get 'Zindagi' through. Maximum dimensions quoted for this navigation are 72' x 14'6", but we doubt whether anything that size has been through for a very long time! ('Zindagi' measures 57' x 6'10")