Sunday, 23 February 2020

257 - We Made Some Mistakes





Today's vlog tells the story of the second to last day of our ten day push to get past a scheduled winter stoppage in Castleford. It's a long day and it's a hard day. Probably the hardest day we've even had cruising. And for that reason there isn't an awful lot of footage. We wanted to tell the story of the day so we have had to use quite a bit of time-lapse to compensate which wasn't ideal.
Please don't be too hard on us for the mistakes we made along the way. It wasn't our choice to be pushing so hard but we really felt we needed to be on the other side of of Castleford for winter. Just one more vlog to go before we really slow down for winter.
Its a long one, so congratulations to everyone that makes it to the end.

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

256 - Our New Favourite Canal



In today's vlog we leave our mooring in Slaithwaite and continue down the Huddersfield Narrow Canal to Huddersfield.

Thursday, 13 February 2020

255 - The Pesky Guillotine Lock on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal





In today's vlog we travel further down east side of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal to Slaithwait. Lots of locks including the Guillotine Lock, 24E Shuttle Lock. It took hundreds of turns of the windlass to lift the gate and we nearly fell out over it.

Sunday, 9 February 2020

254 - The Standedge Tunnel - Underground & Overground





In todays vlog we head through the Standedge Tunnel from Diggle to Marsdon. Well Michael does. George and Jo make the two hour walk over the top.

Thursday, 6 February 2020

253 - The most Glorious Day


After our wet cruise from Stalybridge to Uppermill in the pouring rain, we set off for the peak of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal in the most glorious sunshine.

Sunday, 2 February 2020

252 - Cruising on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal in the Rain


In todays vlog we continue cruising up the Huddersfield Narrow Canal from Stalybridge to Uppermill and ever closer to the Standage Tunnel. We set out to do 10 locks but end up doing 17... in the rain. It was a good day.

Monday, 27 January 2020

251 - Narrowboating from Dawn till Dusk


Todays vlog is from a very long day. We cruised from dawn till dusk. A total of 11 hours on the go travelling from the City of Manchester on the Rochdale Canal, all the way along the Ashton Canal and to Stalybridge on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal. It was quite and adventure.

Monday, 20 January 2020

249 - An Unexpected Change of Plans in Manchester


In todays vlog its all change. We had been expecting to head up the Rochdale Locks and onto the Ashton Canal but an unexpected lock closure in Manchester meant that we couldn't go this way and we had to completely change our winter cruising plans. We didn't actually film much of the cruise as this is the second time we have travelled on this part of the canal. Instead we stopped off at the Worsley Delph and had an explore there. We hope you enjoy the video.

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

248 - The River Irwell Navigation - Our Most Scary Narrowboat Adventure ...


Sorry it has been so long since we last uploaded. We have had quite an eventful start to the year. This Vlog picks up from when we were on the Manchester Ship Canal having travelled across the River Mersey from Liverpool. We are due to head up Pomona Lock and back onto the safety of the Bridgwater Canal but Michael decides that we need one more adventure before we do that. He wants to travel as far as possible up the River Irwell as we can. We couldn't find out much information on how to do this but the friendly people from the Water Sports Centre in Salford Quays helped us out with some advise. And as we were scheduled to go up the lock we had to set off before dawn. Not ideal after two big cruises. It turned out to be quite a scary trip as the Irwell was flowing very fast and there wasn't much room to turn the boat. As we turned we were being pushed sideways towards some bridge arches. Luckily it all worked out well and we made it, in the rain, to Castlefield Basin.