Category Archives: cruising

May 7th 2012 Home Base

It was a fairly nice morning as we set off a little after 8am but the forecast said rain later (what a surprise).There boats already on the move and we went into Fradley top lock as one came out a good start. the next two locks would be the same what a good start alas […]

May 6th 2012 Who said it was quiet

Yesterday I blogged how quiet it was with not many boats on the move. Well today made up for that. Boats round every corner and queues at some of the locks with all the usual banter. It was a nice sunny day as we left Stone and set of on what would be a long […]

May 5th 2012 Harecastle and Beyond

Starting today at 8am our first lock was within a hundred yards so it didn’t take long. A quick stop at the Red Bull service block to top the water tank etc. and we were off to transit the next three locks that would see us pass the Macclesfield canal turn and head for the […]

May 4th 2012 Heartbreak Hill

Wow it was cold this morning ,My first job was to check my crayfish trap which i had set last night, i never got any crayfish but i did have a nice haul of sand gudgeon and roach all returned safely. Next job was to check the engine oil and water levels. ┬áBut we had […]

May 3rd 2012 The aroma of Rape seed and wild Garlic

Leaving Anderton on another nice bright morning, we stopped at the services just past Anderton Marina to top up with water and dumped some rubbish. Although bright it was slightly cooler than yesterday but never the less it was dry. Cruising was pleasant with the aroma of the Rape seed heavy in the air and […]

May 2nd 2012 Back to Anderton

What a glorious day warm sunshine all day we left Lymm a really nice place to moor and explore around 9am, our first stop would be the North Portal of Preston Brook tunnel. We had lunch and went through the tunnel at 13:30, at the south portal we left the Bridgewater canal and went onto […]

May 1st 2012 A long day

We pulled the pins around 09:15 this morning and set off into a strong head wind but at least it was dry, Clive on board Lady Arwen waved and wished us well as we passed them on there moorings. After about 45 minutes we arrived at Plank Lane Lift bridge which used to be operated […]

April 30th 2012 Locking good weather

It was nice and bright with light winds when we joined NB lady Arwen at the top of the Wigan Flight (21 locks). We made a good team with Clive and Mel from Lady Arwen and we cleared the last of the 21 locks in a little under four hours. Once clear we turned left […]

April 29th 2012 Wild outside Cosy inside

The weather forecast was correct, gale force winds and rain. The decision taken yesterday to stay in Adlington was a good one. We only ventured off the boat to collect some groceries and a paper from the small Co-op, and some coal and kindling from the local garage. We have had the fire alight all […]

April 28th 2012 Back to Adlington

A lazy start today as our plan was to get through the Johnson Hill locks and moor in Adlington ready for our run up to the 21 Wigan locks on Sunday. Well, we had a nice run up to the first lock in overcast chilly conditions. At the top lock we used the services for […]