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South Kyme Winding Hole

Accessible to all craft kept on the connected inland waterways

Silver Propeller Challenge

Location

Lincoln

Visit South Kyme Winding Hole on the Sleaford Navigation by boat or canoe.

It has been chosen as a Silver Propeller Location because it sees very few visiting boats. A photo of your boat ideally at Cobblers lock or the winding hole just before Halfpenny Hatch bridge will be a good proof of your visit. 

Complete our challenge by visiting 20 locations from our list, you will receive our exclusive plaque and goody bag.

History of the Sleaford Navigation

The Sleaford Navigation or Kyme Eau leaves the River Witham near Chapel Hill and climbs south west through seven locks and 12 ½ miles to the market town of Sleaford. Previously, a commercial waterway was planned as early as 1343, but the navigation only opened in 1794. However, it officially closed in 1881 due to competition from the railways, despite its initial success. The establishment of Sleaford Navigation Trust in 1976 and made considerable progress with restoration and owns the portion in Sleaford. 

A pair of flood doors after the road bridge at the junction protect against high water in the River Witham. Moreover, these may need opening to gain access which can be tricky but possible, with careful use of a boat hook from the bows. Additionally, a white mark on the right hand guillotine gate support pillar at Bottom or Taylors Lock gives a height indication for the low bridge at Half Penny Hatch beyond South Kyme. The current limit of navigation is the winding hole just before Cobbler’s Lock, which is 7 miles from the junction. 

Photo: Narrowboats at South Kyme on the Sleaford Canal by Mervyn Head.

Sleaford Navigation Notes

Sleaford Navigation Dimensions

The maximum boat size that can navigate the canal is:-

  • Length – 78′ 0″ (23.8 m)
  • Beam – 15′ 2″ (4.62 m)
  • Height – 6′ 1″ (1.85 m) – Halfpenny Hatch
  • Draught – 3′ 6″ (1.07 m)

Access

No licence is required for this waterway.

Canoeing & Boat Hire

Canoeing on the full length of the Sleaford Navigation is possible.

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