Our happy band of MX-5s set off and headed through country lanes skirting the rivers Trent, Humber and Ouse passing the well known RSPB reserve at Blacktoft sands on the way.
One thing about planning impromptu drives is that it is possible to choose your day when the weather is looking fair. Luckily the day was dry if a little breezy at the start. We arrived at the Yorkshire waterways museum, Goole in less than an hour.
The museum is small and run by a friendly group of volunteers, the entrance was free and the boat trips £5 each. You can explore the unique story of Goole Docks and the Aire and Calder Navigation. This is the home of the Tugs and Tom pudding barges which transported coal from South and West Yorkshire for transfer into larger ships using the boat hoists, which are now industrial icons.
After our picnic lunch and tea and cakes from the cafe we enjoyed a boat trip round the docks and managed to photograph some of the wildlife too where Swans and Herons dominate the former industrial docks. Our journey back took us across the Isle of Axholme successfully avoiding an escaped family of pigs and on through historic Epworth.