Monday, 30 March 2020

266 - Locks of Adventures on the Sheffield and Tinsley canal - Avoiding ...

his vlog was filmed on the 3rd January 2020.

We make our way down the Tinsley flight from Sheffield, though Rotherham and onto Kilnhurst with our new friends aboard Narrowboat Ducks Deluxe.
The lock flight was fairly hard work because the was an awful lot of water in the canal meaning it was pouring over the top of the lock gates into the lock chambers and as the locks are all fairly short extra care was needed. We only had one near miss when the bumper on Ducks Dulux got caught on the lock gate, lucking Karen spotted the problem and rushed to push the boat off avoiding disaster.

I hope everyone is doing ok. We are all fine, thank you to everyone who has contacted us to ask. Obviously we are unable to cruise at the moment so we are moored up and isolating like everyone else.

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

265 - Cruising Through A Building

Todays vlog was filmed on the 1st January 2020. We take the boat from Sheffield to the top of the Tinsley Lock Flight.

Saturday, 21 March 2020

264 - The Long Climb up the Sheffield & Tinsley Canal

Todays vlog was filmed back in December. It's just before Christmas and we travel from Rotherham into Sheffield.

I made the edit a little longer than usual as I thought people might appreciate a longer distraction right now.

We hope everyone is doing okay.

Sunday, 15 March 2020

163 - Don Go This Way

In todays vlog we have a late start as even though the River Don is no longer in flood the navigation has not been opened. Which means we are not going to make it to Aldwalke in the 2 hour window that it is open for.

On the plus side we meet a lovely couple to travel with and we meet a really lovely CRT lock keeper that comes to our rescue.

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

262 - Stuck in Doncaster Due to Flooding

In todays vlog we leave Barnby Dun and head south on the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation towards Doncaster. We had hoped to get a little further but the river is back in flood so we are stopped in our tracks

Sunday, 8 March 2020

261 Cruising the New Junction Canal and over the Don Aqueduct

In todays vlog we leave our mooring at the Sykehouse Lift Bridge and make our way south on the New Junction Canal which is part of the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation. The canal is wide and straight and they day is grey. We have been waiting to come this way since the River Don has been if flood and the Don Aqueduct is finally open for navigation again. We don't make it far, just to the visitor moorings at Barnby Dun We are also lucky enough to see the Exxol Pride pass a couple of times.

Thursday, 5 March 2020

260 - A Cruise in the Rain is still a Good Cruise || Onto the New Juncti...

Today's vlog is quite a of a short cruise we did last November from Whitley Lock on the Aire & Calder Navigation to Syke House Lift Bridge on the New Junction Canal which is part of the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation. This only our second day out after getting stuck by flood water in Knottingley and we are very happy to be on the move, so even tough it is grey and wet it is still a really wonderful day.

Sunday, 1 March 2020

259 - All tapped out on the Aire and Calder

In this vlog we travel from along the Aire and Calder Navigation from Knottingley to Whitley Bridge

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

258 - One Last Big Push on the River

The last cruise of our nine day (eight days cruising one day off) adventure from Castlefield in Manchester to Knottingley.

It was only 60 miles but there were 129 LOCKS!

This last cruise was a long one and it took us from the Horbury on the Calder & Hebble Navigation to Knottingly on the Aire and Calder.

And to everyone who has being telling us to slow down. We stay here for over two weeks.

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.