Posted by Alan on August 22, 2010
First off we moved the few hundred metres through Wheelock to fill up the boat. Having not reached Hassall Green, the last day would be longer than planned. From here we were rushed through locks 66 and 65 buy a really unhelpful boat called ‘Stonewall’ who seemed to think everything was far to slow! So we moored up an ate the sausages bought in Middlewich the day before as brunch and let them steam by. The rest of the Wheelock flight plus the two locks at Hassall Green were finished in time to have a pint at the Romping Donkey.
Happy Ruth locking up
And then the sun came out! And after a quick pint we carried on up the final locks to Kidsgrove finding the Red Bull next to Lock 43. Excellent food and rather good beer. By now the light was starting to fall as we hit the last stretch back to the boatyard. Given our tendency not to rise early, it seemed wise to be as close to the marina as possible. The last lock, the Hall Green stop lock with just at 6″ rise put us back on the Macclesfield canal and within 15 mins we were moored inside the marina.
Mum working the boat
And so that was it – Sunday morning we had to hand back the boat at 9AM, so after some tidying we slept with alarms on for the first time in a week. It was my first boating trip in around 9 years – very enjoyable and Ruth is now hooked. Apparently if I get rich, I have to buy a narrowboat! 🙂
And so I sign off this series of posts with a very helpful sign on one of the locks: Keep boat forward of cill marker.
Keep boat forward...
Weather: fair with sunny outbursts
Destination: Heritage boatyard, Scholar Green
Locks: 25 (I think)
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Posted by Alan on August 3, 2010
Arrived at the boat yard around 11.45, close to Mow Cop just north of Kidsgrove, Staffs. The boat (Endevour) belongs to a boat club my dad joined through work. Endevour hasn’t been out for 3 weeks so everything needs checking thoroughly and the fridge needs a proper clean out.
Around 1pm ish Ruth’s parents arrive to join us for the first few miles, first lock and a short diversion to the entrance of the Harecastle Tunnel, one of England’s longest canal tunnels. Apparently our boat is too long to ‘wind’ (turn) in front of the tunnel at 52′ long (c. 16m) so we have to manually walk the boat back to Hardings Wood Junction where we can safely wind and head north west.
Ruth gets a driving lesson from my dad as Ruth's dad looks on, worriedly!
From Hardings Wood to our final mooring site that night, it is down most of ‘Heartbreak Hill’ (aka the Cheshire Locks) – 15 locks in total on the first day and we are already well ahead of schedule. This is a great opportunity for Ruth to learn to lock! We finished the day tired from the fresh air and small amount of manual effort… long way to go yet!
Double Lock - typical on Heartbreak Hill
Weather: Fair but cloudy
Destination: Somewhere between bridge 141 and “Chell’s Aqueduct”
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Posted by Alan on August 2, 2010
Having been on a narrowboat last week, I gave up all forms of electronic communication. I didn’t miss it much – the main thing was being able to look up stuff to answer questions when were tanking along at almost 4 mph (6.4 km/h) or in the pub!
Weather was largely fine – a bit of rain one day but we did go boating in the North West so you can hardly expect endless sunshine. I’ve loads of photos to upload and much stuff to write – having kept a paper log! As you might expect… all of the pubs will be reviewed on my other blog – East London Drinker plus a few others from a recent trip away. The biggest adventure was taking the boat onto the Anderton boat lift…but I’ll save that for a proper entry. For now, here is us on the way home at Hassell Green – taking a break before tackling the second half of Heartbreak Hill.
Us on the boat
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