Spring 2013

Published: Monday, 28 January 2013
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Sat 13th to Sun 21st April 2013


Starting at Droitwich Spa marina, heading Up the Worcester and Birmingham and direct in to Birmingham City Centre via the Tardebigge flight of 30 (narrow) Locks, returning via Farmers Bridge and the GU main line to Lapworth, then the North Stratford Canal back to Kings Norton Junction to rejoin the Worcester and Birmingham and back to Droitwich, again via the Tardebigge flight.


A mixture of rural and very urban canals, plenty of narrow locks, but also several long level pounds to recover on. 


67Miles and 140 locks (all narrow except for 5 broad ones on the GU) Average 6hrs cruising per day.



2012 Last Gasp

Published: Friday, 21 September 2012
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From the new mooring in Droitwich to explore the northern end of the Droitwich junction canal and the southern end of the Worcester and Birmingham canal. 

Yelvertoft to Drotwich Aug-Sept

Published: Tuesday, 10 April 2012
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Its looking like the new Mooring will be in Droitwich Spa, in a new Marina opened this year. Has a local Pub and a train station 20mins walk away as well as a good choice of routes including the Worcester and Birmingham Canal, the Droitwich Canals, the River Sever and River Avon within easy cruising distance.

So our route woud take us from Yelvertoft south through Crick and the Watford flight to Braunston. Probably to visit the Admiral Nelson half way down the Braunston flight. The pub is in an ideal location for the canal but has suffered with local competion and has changed hands several times over the last few years and often shut in the winter.

Then via Calcut to Stockton for a night at the Blue Lias pub another ideally located canal side pub.

Continuing west through Leamington to Warwick (Cape of Good Hope) then up the Hatton flight to Lapworth where we turn south on to the Stratford Canal to join the Avon at Stratford.

Down the River Avon through Evesham to Tweksbury to join the River Severn and north to Worcester, keeping an eye on the Enviroment Agency River gauges.

At Worcester either via Diglis on to the Worcester and Birmingham or via the newly opened Droitwich Canals to the Marina at Droitwich Spa.



Leeds to Crick route June 2012

Published: Monday, 02 April 2012
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Leeds to Crick

2nd to 16th June 2012

Via Lincon

Finally the  plans are coming together now, and unless there is another bought of heavy rain between now and our Departure the plan is as follows

Friday 1st June - Leeds

late arrival in Leeds departing after work.

Saturday 2nd June - Leeds

A day in Leeds to complete some minor work on the boat, a chance for the crew to explore Leeds.
Evening dinner at Jaipour

Sunday 3rd June - Castleford
10miles 6 locks - approx 4.5 hours

Late departure from Leeds then to  Castleford, for dinner on the boat.

Monday 4th June - Barnby Dun
22 miles 5 locks - approx 8 hours

Castleford along the Aire and Calder to Pollington

Tuesday 5th June - Thorne

16 miles 3 locks - approx 6 hours

Short Detour to Doncaster to turn, then back to Bramworth Junction and onto the Stainforth & Keadby Canal to an overnight mooring at Thorne.

Wednesday 6thJune - Keadby
10.5 miles 0 locks - approx 3 hours

The morning in Thorne to get some welding repairs done on the boat, then late afternoon head to Keadby ready for the trip up the Tidal Trent.

Thursday 7th June - Lincoln
38.5 miles 2 Locks - approx 8 hours.

From Keadby we would be travelling upstream, on the Tidal Trent to Torkesy on a single tide, the tide times look as though it will be an early departure from Keadby (7AM) so we would be arriving in Torksey around 11AM. From Torksey it is around 4.5 hours to Lincoln so we should arrive mid afternoon. Overnight in Lincoln.

Friday 8th June - Saxilby
5.5 miles - approx 2 hours

Another day to explore Lincoln before returning to Saxilby for an overnight mooring.

Saturday 9th June - Newark
26.5miles 3 locks - approx 7 hours.

Back to Torksey to rejoin the Trent and catch the flood tide at around 11:30 for the last bit of the tidal river up to Cromwell lock. From Cromwell continuing up the Trent to an overnight stop in Newark on-Trent.

Sunday 10th June - Nottingham
24 miles 7 locks - approx 8 hours

Newark to Nottingham on to Trent and Nottingham Canal morring locally for the Station for a crewe change over. Overnight mooring in Nottingham or possibly Beeston.

Monday 11th June - Loughborough
14 miles 12 locks aapprox 7.5 hours

From Nottonigham to the 4 way junction of the Trent, Trent and Mersey, Erewash Canal and River Soar. Continuing up the Rver Soar towards Loughborough. Rail connections at Nottingham, Beeston, Long Eaton stations in the morning and East Midlands Parkway (Ratcliff-on-Soar) and Loughborough in the afternoon.

Tuesday 12th June - Leicester
17 Miles 12 Locks - approx 8 hours

Bisphops Meadow to Leicester for a mooring either in the town or just before.

Wed 13th June - Kilby
9 Miles 13 Locks - approx 6 hours

From Leicester to Kilby on the southern outskirts of the city. The Locks on this section are restricted to 09:00 to 16:00 and locked outside these times.

Thur 14th June - Foxton
9 miles 11 locks - approx 6 hours

The Locks between Kilby and Kibworth (5 miles 12 locks) are restricted to 09:00 to 16:00 and locked outside these times. Once through Kibworth we have a level section through Saddington Tunnel to the bottom of the Foxton flight.
Mooring at the bottom of the Foxton flight, possible detour to Market Harborough if time permits.

Fri 15th June - Yelvertoft
16 miles - 10 Locks 7.5 hours

Foxton Flight is open 09:30 to 17:00 with last entry to the flight at 16:15.
Climbing the Foxton flight of two 5 rise staircases onto the summit level then through Husbands Bosworth Tunnel towards Crick.

Saturday 16th June - Crick
2 Miles 1 hour.

Hire Car collection from Rugby Saturday Morning, then to the temporary mooring in Yelvertoft, Crick or Weltonford Marinas. Before returning home Saturday late afternoon.

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