2018 Part 3 Aqueduct to Crick

Published: Wednesday, 03 January 2018
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Via Shroppie

~ 25th August to ?? September

On the night of 15/16th March there was a major breech between locks 1 and 2 on the Middlewich branch draining the whole pound between the locks and causing extensive damage to the embankment.  It is likely that it will take 6 months or more to repair effectively closing this route for the whole if the 2018 summer season.

An alternative route does exist but this includes the large commercial Manchester Ship Canal between Ellesmere Port and the mouth of the River Weaver, and the lower Weaver which is also still used by large commercial traffic. While this is a challenge it is possible in a narrowboat given proper planning and preparation. Unfortunatly this route is now closed until further notice by a collision between the steamer Daniel Adamson and the lock gates at Marsh lock.

Unfortunatly the logistics of navigating the Manchester Ship Canal mean that even if Marsh lock is reopened it is unlikely that we could take advantage of it, and I am not planning to shell out the £100plus for survey etc on spec.

Having rung around the various boatyards I have placed a deposit with Crick Marina with a booking until after the Crick show next year. Lets hope the watersupplies to the Crick summit hold out.

As a result we have no option but to proceed back down the Shropshire Union to Autherly and from then to the winter mooring at Crick.

Aqueduct to Crick

2018 Part 2: The "Welsh" Canals

Published: Friday, 17 November 2017
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2018 Part 2: The Welsh Canals

Llangollen and Montgomery Canal

21st July - 10th August

From the Aqueduct Marina, on the Middlewich branch to Hurleston locks at  the start of the "Welsh Canals" . Past the market town of Ellesmere with its moorings next to the lakes (mere's) and then onto Chirk over the first of the two major viaducts and the first major tunnel on this route.

The former significance of Ellsemere is shown by the name of the town of Ellesmere Port on the Wirral, at the end of the Chester Canal, which originally provided Ellesmere with access to the sea for its goods via the Canals.

From Chirk over the Pontcysylte Aqueduct to Trevor and then up the navigable feeder to Llangollen for a few days.

Returning from Llangollen over the aquaduct to Frankton Junction and the start of the Montgomery canal. This canal was restored from its derelic state a few years ago and passes through Maesbury Marsh a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) so the numbers of boats visiting are strictly controlled and there is a 3mph speed limit imposed. At the navigable limit of the Montgomery there is a superb restaurant The Navigation Inn.

Returning to Frankton and then to Ellesmere and back down the main line through Whitchurch and Wrenbury and a temporary mooring at Aquaduct Marina on Friday 10th August.

Welsh Canals

2018 Part 1. Debdale to Middlewich

Published: Wednesday, 25 October 2017
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2018 Part 1: Debdale to Nantwich

Via River Avon and River Severn

Week 1: 21st-28th May

Once again we will start the season at the Crick boat show over the Late May Bank holiday 26-28th May starting from Debdale around the 20/21st May. The route includes the 10 locks at Foxton and possible detours to Market Harborough and/or Welford.

Week 2: 29th May -2nd June

After Crick we plan to head south down the Watford flight to the junction with the Grand Union then west through Braunston tunnel and past the marinas to Napton Junction. From Napton down the Calcutt flight and the long flight of locks past the Blue Lias and Leamington Spa to Cape Locks and Warwick.

Week 3: 3rd-9th June

From Warwick up the Hatton flight to Lapworth to join the Stratford Canal and turn south towards Stratford upon Avon and the River Avon.

Week 4: 10th-16th June

From Stratford on to the Avon through Evesham to Tewksbury and the junction with the River Severn. North on the Severn to Worcester.

Week 5: 17th-23rd June

From Worcester continuing up the Severn to Stourport to join the Staffs and Worcs canal through Kidderminster  and The Bratch to Autherly on the outskirts of Wolverhampton.

Week 6: 24th - 30th June

From Autherley North on the Shorpshire Union to the Nantwich/Chester area for a Temporary mooring before venturing on to the Welsh canals.

2018 Part1


Summer 2017 Part 2

Published: Tuesday, 03 January 2017
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Aquaduct Marina to Debdale Wharf 

via Shropshire Union, Great Haywood Fradley and Braunston.

27th August to 24th September

Starting from Aqueduct Marina on the Middlewich branch along the busy branch to Barbridge then the full length of the Shropshire Union to Autherley Junction. Turning north on the Staffs and Worcs to Great Haywood Junction to join the Trent and Mersey to head east to Fradley Junction and then South on the Coventry Canal to Hawkesbury Junction to Join the Oxford Canal (north) back to Braunston. From Braunston we repeate the route to Crick, Foxton and eventually to Debdale Wharf.

Tattenhall Debdale via Braunston
















Summer 2017 Part 1

Published: Monday, 02 January 2017

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Sieleby Mill to Ellesmere Port

via Erewash Canal

25th June to 22nd July 2017

From Sileby Mill north on the River Soar to Trent Bridge, then north to visit the Erewash Canal. Back to Trent Bridge and west on the Trent and Mersey to Lichfield then North via the Harecastle Tunnel to Middlewich. West on the Middlewich branch (Wardle Canal) to Barbridge to join the Shropshire Union to Chester, then north on the Wirral Line to Ellesmere Port. Return via Chester to Tattenhall marina.

Sileby to Elesmere Port

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