Saturday, 21 December 2019

247 - Narrowboating the Entire the Manchester Ship Canal with Cruising t...


In today's vlog we travel the entire length of the Manchester Ship Canal. We start the Journey in Ellesmere Port and finish in the Salford Quays in Manchester. It takes all day, we leave at about 8.30am and don't get to our mooring until late in the afternoon and we have 4 massive locks to ascend. We travel past Frodsham and the junctions with the River Weaver as well as trough Runcorn and the old junction with the Bridgewater Canal. We also have David and Lorna aboard from the YouTube Channels Cruising The Cut and London Boat Girl, we highly recommend you take a look of their vlogs of the same day.

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

246 - Taking our Narrowboat Across The River Mersey with Cruising the Cu...



Todays cruise is a big one. We are take our Narrowboat, which usually stays on quiet and calm canals. Out on the the Mighty, Tidal River Mersey. We cross from The Liverpool Docks to Ellesmere Port and it's a bit of an adventure.
Not many Narrowboats venture onto the Mersey. Our pilot had only taken 4 this year and there is a reason for that, as well as being quite a scary prospect there are a lot of logistics and planning to do and then you need to make sure you hare the right weather on the day. Michael arranged everything and we had a really wonderful trip

Friday, 13 December 2019

245 - An Eventful Narrowboat Trip to the Historic Docks in Liverpool


In today's vlog we head down the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and through the Liverpool link to the City of Liverpool. We encounter a swing bridge that is out of order, we get a fouled prop and our surveyor cancels our appointment. Despite all that we make it to the top of the Stanley Lock Flight and thoroughly enjoy our trip through Liverpools Historic docks where we need to spend a couple of days going through the final preparations for our trip across River Mersey.

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

244 - Always Onwards to The Next Narrowboat Adventure


Its the day after our Ribble Link River Rescue and we are exhausted but we need to be in Liverpool in two days time as we will hopefully be heading out onto the River Mersey for our next narrowboat adventure. So, we have a very long day of cruising. 16 hours, 7 locks and 10 SWING BRIDGES. Thats a lot of swing bridges. It won't go down as one of favourite cruises but we still managed to have a great day. _

Monday, 9 December 2019

243 - The River Rescue - Part 2



Here is Part Two of our River Rescue on the Ribble Link. If you haven't seen part one yet we have put a link below. In part one we were crossing the River Ribble to take us from the Lancaster Canal to the Leeds and Liverpool canal when one of the boats behind us lost power. In todays vlog, find out what happened when we turned our boat around them to help them out and ended up towing them all the way back to Tarleton. Not the crossing we had in mind. But, we hope that if we had been in trouble, someone would have helped us out.

Thursday, 5 December 2019

242 - Narrowboat Breakdown on the Ribble Link!



In todays vlog it is finally time to leave the Lancaster Canal and head south on the Ribble Link It's not all smooth sailing as one of the boats we are traveling breaks down and we turn back to help them out.

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

241 - Our Last Trip on the Lanky and Exciting Future Cruising Plans


In today's vlog it is our last cruise on the Lancaster Canal as we head south back towards Preston and Savick Brook ready to cross the Ribble Link.
Finally the sun is back out on the Lanky and we reveal some exciting possible future cruising plans.

Sunday, 24 November 2019

240 - The Swan Incident on the Glasson Branch of the Lancaster Canal


In today's vlog we leave the Glasson Basin at Glasson Dock and head back up the Glasson Branch to the main line of the Lancaster canal. It's rather a long cruise back south to Bilsborrow so we take turns at the tiller.
As usual the day doesn't pass without incident. There are swans in need, some sunshine and some very ill timed showers.

Friday, 22 November 2019

239 - Down the Glasson Branch to Glasson is Dock


In todays vlog we leave Lancaster for the second time, this time though we are heading south down the Lancaster Canal and we take a detour down the Glasson Branch to visit Glasson Dock. Its overcast and its a little bit rainy but it is still a wonderful day. We get to see the sea and the views across the estuary of the river Lune. We also get to experience the rather unusual paddle gears on the locks down the branch.

Sunday, 17 November 2019

238 - A Little Bit of Lancaster Canal History and A Lot of Lancaster Can...




In todays vlog it is raining. Quite a bit. We leave the northerly most point on the Lancaster Canal and the northerly most point on the integrated network for that matter. We travel south in the rain through Carnforth and Hest Back back to Lancaster itself.

Sunday, 13 October 2019

227 - Exciting News and a Cruise to Sale on the Bridgewater Canal

Navigable Waterways Map

Today is an exciting day aboard Narrowboat Perseverance. We have finally launched our map, this is a project we have been working on, on and off, all year. 


To go back to the beginning, it all started last December when we were cruising on the Birmingham Canal Navigations. From the guidebooks and online maps we had to hand we wouldn't work out a sensible route to see them all. This lead to me working on a simplified tube style map that would show all the currently navigable waterways on the BCN. From there we could make sense of the spaghetti of canals and plan our route through them.

I shared the map I made on-line and we had a lot of lovely feedback on it. We also had a few comments suggesting a map of the whole network. I bit of a huge undertaking. I think the first version I attempted had about 60 waterways on it. It took me a while to locate them all, this version has 81, not including all the separate waterways in London and Birmingham. I also found there is not a central directory of them all. The IWA website was really useful, as was the Canal & River Trust website. I am bound to have missed some I'm sure.

So here is the finished version. An A3 Landscape Tube-style map of the Navigable Waterways in England and Wales.

Our friends Annamarie and Kath from the YouTube Channel The Narrowboat Experience lent their support and kindly gave us space on their online shop to list the Map.