Sunday, 27 December 2020

333 - Our Next New Favourite Canal

Today's vlog was filmed on 26th August when we were travelling across the Rochdale Canal. We passed the summit level and ticked off our 26th Silver Propeller Location and started our decent into Yorkshire to Todmorden. It was another wonderful day on this canal with some spectacular views and some great company which means this is yet another of our favourite canals.

Sunday, 20 December 2020

332 - An Eventful Climb to the Summit of the Rochdale Canal

In todays vlog we climb up the final flight of locks on the Rochdale Canal from Littleborough almost to the Summit Level. This vlog was filmed on 24th August 2020

Monday, 14 December 2020

331 - Carry On Up The Rochdale

In today's vlog we continue our journey up the Rochdale Canal climbing from Chadderton to Littleborough via the town of Rochdale. We probably wouldn't have chosen to go quite this far but the hire-boat we met yesterday are on a schedule to get back to the hire-base and there is a huge benefit to travelling with another boat. Especially on these difficult heavy locks. So we make the make the 8 mile, 15 lock trip together. This vlog was filmed on 23rd August 2020.

Sunday, 30 August 2020

313 - A Blocked Sluice at Bank Dole

In today's vlog we travel along the Selby Canal on the Aire & Calder Navigation, we travel though Knottingly and Ferrybridge and end our cruise in the Castleford Cut.

Monday, 22 June 2020

290 - Look What We Got

In todays vlog we travel from Rhodisia through Worksop to Kilton Lock on the Chesterfield Canal.

We are surprised with the Head of Navigation Plaque from the Chesterfield Canal Trust and we pull three bags or rubbish out of Worksop Town Lock and Bracebridge Lock.

We hope you enjoy the vlog.

Friday, 19 June 2020

289 - Lost & Found on the Chesterfield Canal

In todays vlog we travel from Shireoaks to Rhodisia on the outskirts of Worksop on the Chesterfield Canal. Its a fairly short trip so its a fairly short vlog.

We hope you enjoy the cruise.

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

285 - Weeds & Worksop || The Chesterfield Canal

In todays vlog we continue up the Chesterfield Canal from Osberton Lock and through Worksop. We've passed the weed boat but still encounter a lot of weed along the way. Having said that we continue to really love the Chesterfield Canal and have a wonderful cruise in the sun.

Sunday, 7 June 2020

284 - A Big Tree and a "Stampede"

This vlog is part two of the day we came across two trees blocking the navigation. We left vlog 284 with us stuck in the middle of the navigation with the big tree in front of us. Here we pick up the story.

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

278 - The Best Lockdown Mooring

This vlog was filmed on 15th April and we are three and a half weeks into lockdown.

We moved to boat from our mooring in Retford to the water point above Charlies Lock. We were planning to moor there but the visitor moorings were full so we end up staying on the lock landing for the night. Half way back to our original lockdown mooring in Retford we find a wonderfully isolated mooring by the woods and decide to stay there until we need to stock up on food again.

We hope everyone is doing ok.

Sunday, 17 May 2020

277 - The Ups & Downs of Lockdown on a Narrowboat

Todays vlog was filmed on 14th April 2020. We are three weeks into lockdown and need to move the boat up 5 locks to fill our water tank. We know we are very lucky to be spending lockdown on our Narrowboat but we are still finding it hard. And while Retford is the perfect place in many ways we encounter some trouble from some annoying kids who should have been at home. We hope everyone is doing ok. Thanks for watching and thank you for all the support

Friday, 15 May 2020

276 - The Worst Welcome to Retford and the Start of Lockdown

This video was filemd on 23rd March 2020, the day that lockdown was announced in the UK.

In this vlog we travel from Clarborough to the town of Retford on the Chesterfileld Canal. Its a lovely canal and a great cruise but unfortunately we didn't choose the best mooring spot when we first arrived and we had a little trouble. Luckily after that everything was great.

Sunday, 3 May 2020

273 - A Huge Change of Plans

This video was filmed on 17th March, 6 days before lockdown was announced in the UK.
On this day we were supposed to be in Canada visiting family, but like so many people we had to change our plans. We returned to our Narrowboat home and cruised west along the Chesterfield Canal from West Stockwith to Drakeholes.

We hope everyone is keeping safe.

Thursday, 23 April 2020

271 - Narrowboating in Storm Ciara

This vlog was filmed on 10th February 2020

In todays we travel from Crowle on the Stainforth and Keadby Canal to Keadby during Storm Ciara. Needless to say it is a little bit blustery. This also means we travel through the unique Vazon Road Rail Swing Bridge.

Friday, 17 April 2020

270 - Cruising the Stainforth & Keadby Canal Before Lockdown

In todays vlog we leave our mooring in Thorne and cruise to Crowle on the Stainforth and Keadby Canal. This was filmed on 8th February before lockdown.

Saturday, 11 April 2020


This is the second video in our series on how we make our Narrowboat cruising vlogs. In this episode I talk about how I do the rough edit and voice over. I know not everyone will be interested in these videos but as you can imagine I have a bit more time on my hands while we are in lockdown and i have enjoyed making a different style of video. As we have not been allowed to cruise I am not able film any new cruising vlogs but I do have 4 or 5 that we filmed before lock down that I still need to edit so they will be following in the next few weeks.

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

269 - Ambushed at Thorne Lock by Lots of Little Land Lubbers

In todays vlog we we travel from Barnby Dun to Thorne on the Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation. Its a very cold day in January and we need diesel so we turn onto the Stainforth and Keadby Canal so we can visit Stanilands Marina.
Then its just a short hop to the moorings in Thorne but at the lock we come across a school who appear to be on a field trip and so Michael ends up holding a spontaneous Q&A in the lock.

Tuesday, 7 April 2020


A bit of a different video today. While in lockdown we have a little bit of extra time on our hands and a couple of people suggested they would like to see a video about how we make our vlogs. This is Part One and I talk about the equipment we use and how we manage our media. In the next part of the series we will talk about the actual editing process. If you have any questions about any thing we talk about, please comment down below.

Thanks for watching - Jo

Laptop - Mac Book Pro
Cameras - iPhone 6s, iPhone 7E, GoPro Hero Black, GoPro Hero Silver
Sound Recorder - Zoom H4n Pro Handy Recorder
Microphone - Comica CVM-V02C Cardioid XLR Lavalier Lapel Microphone
Gorilla Pod - Joby GripTight ONE GP Magnetic Impulse for Smartphones - Black
Hard Drive - LaCie 4 TB Rugged Mini USB External Hard Drive
Editing Software - Final Cut Pro X

Sunday, 5 April 2020

268 - Is that a Body I See Before Me

In today's vlog we travel to Barnby Dun from Doncaster on the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation. Michael thinks is found a body in the water, Jo isnt well and the Ducks Deluxe run out of fuel.

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

267 - Winter Narrowboat Cruising

In todays vlog we we travel from Kilnhurst to Doncaster on the Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation.

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.