Archive for May, 2007

Black Country

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

A very wet day as we travelled from Brewood to the Black Country Museum at Dudley. Matt and Andy (Karen’s nephews) joined us one lock from the top of the Wolverhampton 21 and steered the boat to the museum. Busy at the moorings, surprising how many boats are mad enough to be out on such a wet bank holiday weekend. Into centre of Bham tomorrow – promises to be another wet day.

Stayed a few days while I went back to JISC in Bristol. Then on return we ventured back to the black country museum in much finer weather.  Moored up for two days to do soem much needed clearning (in the engine room).


Steam narrowboat President and butty Kildare making a Saturday outing – captions about how many men it takes to steer President are welcomed (note all have to be in costume as well) – but jokes aside a wonderful site if slightly over maned!!

 Sunday we headed off for Park Head and progressed to Merry Hill.

Anchor Inn – High Offley

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

Spent a couple of days at the Anchor. Had a vet out to see Roly and got him some pain relief. Vet seemed to think he was doing ok and after the injections we saw a small improvement.

Moored now at Brewood ready for an early start tomorrow for the Wolverhampton 21. Karen,s nephews will hopefully join us at some point to assist, although it is not a hard flight of locks.

Market Drayton

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

Left Barbridge this morning, up the locks through Audlem to moor on Market Drayton. Roly is a bit better but not looking good.
Shopping and washing tomorrow and then on to the Anchor at High Offley.


Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

Moored at Middlewich. Karen brought the boat down from Wigan while I have been helping Anne move Grey Heron from Banbury up towards Coventry. Karen decided she likes the responsibility of teh boat on her own and has suggested we get two boats. But not just yet!

Heading down the Shroppie to Bham the next week so I can be near a station to get to Bristol after the Bank Holiday.
More pictures when we get time – here is one of Karen’s better ones…

Reflection sunset


Thursday, May 17th, 2007

Moored top of the Wigan flight after a few days travelling in the rain. Heading back to Banbury Friday to help Anne move her boat. Roly still not too well.

Jeff at Wigan

Jeff walking between locks whilst I brought the boats through the locks.


Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

Moored at bridge 121 at Hapton on Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Engine got hot today after 8hrs cruising. Burnley was interesting but dirty, canal full of rubbish. Roly not looking too good today.

Bingley 5 and Skipton

Sunday, May 13th, 2007

Impressive trip from Leeds to Skipton. Several staircases of locks alongthe way and lots of swing bridges.  The Bingley 5 Rise is the most dramatic, 60ft climb in 5 large chambers.

bingley 5 

Reached Skipton today and had a visit from my parents (Joan and Ray) and aunt (Pat). They came along the towpath to meet us, mum in her wheelchair – “very bumpy especially when you’re desperate….” – so we managed to get them onboard at a bridge hole.


Some wonderful views as we came into Skipton and a beautiful woodland full of bluebells which beats the one in Karen’s April newsletter…

 Blue bells

but raining now so staying in for the evening.

Aire and Calder

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Windy trip down the Calder and up the Aire towards Leeds. Moored at Woodlesford for the night.
The locks have grown in size – Lemonroyd Lock built by British Coal pre-privatisation. Coal traffic has now stopped – £20 million well spent. But you can just fit two narrowboats in at a squeeze!

Lemonroyd lock

The up side is that all the locks today were mechanised, but Karen was still exhausted with the mental effort of operating them.

April Newsletter

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

The April 2007 Newsletter is ready (sent via email and will be in post soon).

I have also added a new page where each monthly newsletter will be made available.

Huddersfield Broad canal

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

Final 9 locks down the Huddersfield Broad canal, double locks but only 60ft long, expect we’ll have to get used to them as L&L is like that all the way. Very windy. Interesting lift bridge as you leave Huddersfield which lifts the bridge section vertically rather than diagonally. Moored just inside flood lock on Aire and Calder past bottom of HBC. Heading for Leeds now, 16 hrs so will take at least a couple of days.