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2001 Cruise - May

Cruising Log Index

Trent and Mersey Canal

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Tuesday 1th May 2001

From to Weston upon Trent Bridge No 80 arriving at 1:10 pm. The time taken was 3 hours 50 minutes. 8.5 miles and 4 locks, averaging 3.26 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 70 hours 30 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 91 locks, averaging 2.71 lock/miles per hour.

Collected the post from Rugley before settng off. Saw a fox in a field just past Colwich. Moored at Weston and went to the Woolpack in the village for lunch (Gammon Steak 5.95, Stilton & Mushroom Parcels and chips 4.08).

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From Weston upon Trent Bridge No 80 to Stone Bottom Lock No 27 arriving at 4:45 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 25 minutes. 6.37 miles and 2 locks, averaging 3.46 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 72 hours 55 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 93 locks, averaging 2.65 lock/miles per hour.

Moored below the lock and polished one side of the boat. A sunny day, breezy at times.

Wednesday 2th May 2001

From Stone Bottom Lock No 27 to Barlaston Bridge No 103 arriving at 3:55 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 45 minutes. 3.37 miles and 8 locks, averaging 4.13 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 75 hours 40 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 101 locks, averaging 2.66 lock/miles per hour.

Spent the morning in Stone and did our shopping at Safeway. Set off after lunch up the locks. Moored past Barlaston just before the winding hole before Oldroad Bridge No 104. A clouldy but mostly dry day.

Thursday 3th May 2001

From Barlaston Bridge No 103 to Harecastle Tunnel (south end) arriving at 12:40 am. The time taken was 4 hours 5 minutes. 9.5 miles and 6 locks, averaging 3.8 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 79 hours 45 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 107 locks, averaging 2.6 lock/miles per hour.

Another boat came out of Trentham Lock as we arrived and left the gates open for us so we could go straight in. The Middlewich boat Hazel caught up with us as we came to the top of Stoke Locks and two more boats were coming down the top two locks as we arrived. Stopped for water and lunch while we were waiting to go through the tunnel.

From Harecastle Tunnel (south end) to Harding's Wood Junction arriving at 2:30 pm. The time taken was 45 minutes. 1.87 miles and 0 locks, averaging 2.49 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 80 hours 30 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 107 locks, averaging 2.57 lock/miles per hour.

Came through the tunnel, followed by two other boats. Four boats were waiting at the other end when we came out. Moored just before the junction. A cloudy day with a little light rain and some sun in the afternoon.

Friday 4th May 2001

From Harding's Wood Junction to Hassall Green Locks No 57 and 58 arriving at 12:30 am. The time taken was 3 hours 55 minutes. 4.87 miles and 16 locks, averaging 5.33 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 84 hours 25 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 123 locks, averaging 2.64 lock/miles per hour.

Started off in sunshine but as the morning progress cloud and showers appeared. Saw three or four boats coming up the locks as we went down. The area around Peirpoint Locks had no mooring or use of the towpath due to Foot and Mouth restrictions but some other areas were open as normal. We stopped just above the locks for lunch.

Saturday 5th May 2001

From Hassall Green Locks No 57 and 58 to King's Lock No 71 arriving at 2:05 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 30 minutes. 7.75 miles and 14 locks, averaging 4.83 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 88 hours 55 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 137 locks, averaging 2.67 lock/miles per hour.

Came down the locks to Wheelock where we filled with water (30 minutes) passed a few boats on the way down the flight and more on the way to Middlewich. Moored just before the lock for lunch. Went shopping at Somerfield in the afternoon. A dry day with sun in the morning and cloud in the afternoon.

Sunday 6th May 2001

From King's Lock No 71 to Marston Bridge No 193 arriving at 1:40 pm. The time taken was 3 hours 45 minutes. 8.12 miles and 5 locks, averaging 3.5 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 92 hours 40 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 142 locks, averaging 2.61 lock/miles per hour.

A lot of boats were coming up the Middlewich locks as we came down and saw even more as we cruised. Stopped on the moorings past the bridge.

From Marston Bridge No 193 to Dutton Wharf Bridge No 212 arriving at 5:25 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 45 minutes. 7 miles and 0 locks, averaging 2.55 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 95 hours 25 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 142 locks, averaging 2.54 lock/miles per hour.

Even more boats about this afternoon than this morning. Followed a Brinks hire boat through Barnton and Saltersford tunnels. Moored on the rings a little way after bridge 213. A dry day, cloudy in the morning but with some sun in the afternoon.

Trent and Mersey Canal to Bridgewater Canal

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Monday 7th May 2001

From Dutton Wharf Bridge No 212 to Lymm Bridge No 23 arriving at 12:30 am. The time taken was 3 hours 55 minutes. 12.37 miles and 1 locks, averaging 3.41 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 99 hours 20 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 143 locks, averaging 2.45 lock/miles per hour.

Set off and went through Dutton Stop Lock then straight through the tunnel (entered at 8.55 - 5 minutes early). Stopped at Thorn Marine for a pumpout but their machine was out of order. Moored just before the bridge and went to the Golden Fleece for lunch (Vegie Stilton Bake 2.97, Chicken Tika Masala 3.45).

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From Lymm Bridge No 23 to Dunham Town Bridge No 27 arriving at 4:05 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 25 minutes. 3.87 miles and 0 locks, averaging 2.73 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 100 hours 45 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 143 locks, averaging 2.41 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped for water near Ye Old No 3 pub at Little Bollington (30 minutes) then came on to the River Bollin Aqueduct, where a group of youths hitched a lift to the otherside of the canal, and finally moored between Dunham Woodhouse Under Bridge and Dunham Town Bridge. A sunny day.

Tuesday 8th May 2001

From Dunham Town Bridge No 27 to Stretford - Waters Meeting arriving at 10:10 am. The time taken was 2 hours 5 minutes. 7 miles and 0 locks, averaging 3.36 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 102 hours 50 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 143 locks, averaging 2.36 lock/miles per hour.

Set off in sunshine for the run through Manchester. Did not stop at the junction.

Bridgewater Canal to Leeds & Liverpool - Leigh Branch

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From Stretford - Waters Meeting to Dover Bridge No 4 arriving at 2:50 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 10 minutes. 14 miles and 0 locks, averaging 3.36 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 107 hours 0 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 143 locks, averaging 2.27 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped at Brinks Boats at Boothshall Basin hoping to get a pump out but nobody was there. We moved across the basin and stopped outside the Moorings pub to get lunch but they were 'temporarilly closed' so we went on having wasted half an hour there. Had lunch on th move. Passed quite a few boats today including two BW barges on the Bridgewater Canal. A dry day of increasing cloud.

Leeds & Liverpool - Leigh Branch to Leeds and Liverpool Canal

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Wednesday 9th May 2001

From Dover Bridge No 4 to Leigh Branch Junction arriving at 78:5 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 45 minutes. 4 miles and 2 locks, averaging 3.43 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 108 hours 45 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 145 locks, averaging 2.25 lock/miles per hour.

Set off early to get to the bottom of the Wigan flight before 10 a.m. Stopped just before the bottom lock.

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From Leigh Branch Junction to Wigan Top Lock No 65 arriving at 1:50 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 5 minutes. 2 miles and 21 locks, averaging 5.63 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 112 hours 50 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 166 locks, averaging 2.36 lock/miles per hour.

Came up the locks with Cheryl and Barry on Loose Change. One BW man came to help us through the first few locks then he went. Moored at the top and went into town for lunch at The Moon Underwater (Liver & Bacon 4.39, Spinach & Red Pepper Lasagne 4.79, Ice cream sundaes 2.25 each) a J D Wetherspoons pub. Went shopping at Morrisons and came back by taxi. A sunny start but cloud in the afternoon.

Thursday 10th May 2001

From Wigan Top Lock No 65 to Johnson's Hill Bottom Lock No 64 arriving at 12:50 am. The time taken was 3 hours 15 minutes. 10.25 miles and 0 locks, averaging 3.15 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 116 hours 5 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 166 locks, averaging 2.29 lock/miles per hour.

Rain this morning but it had stopped by 9.15 when we set off. Stopped for 20 minutes at the White Bear Marina for a pumpout (10) and picked a BW leaflet on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal. Passed Loose Change, moored at Botany Bay. Stopped for lunch at the bottom of the locks and found that Audrey and David Smith live opposite. Had lunch at the Manor Farm pub (Lamb Cuttlets 9.95, Corn Fritters 6.95) and then went to the Smith's for coffee.

From Johnson's Hill Bottom Lock No 64 to Johnson's Hill Top Lock No 58 arriving at 4:50 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 55 minutes. 0.5 miles and 7 locks, averaging 3.91 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 118 hours 0 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 173 locks, averaging 2.31 lock/miles per hour.

Came up the locks by ourselves although there were several people walking up and down the flight. Stopped for water (30 minutes) at the top before moving across to the visitor moorings for the night. A dry day with sunshine, cloud and some strong breezes.

Sunday 13th May 2001

From Johnson's Hill Top Lock No 58 to Enam Bridge No 103A arriving at 2:30 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 10 minutes. 9 miles and 6 locks, averaging 3.6 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 122 hours 10 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 179 locks, averaging 2.28 lock/miles per hour.

Having spent two days at Johnsons Hillock Top Lock waiting for a problem with the alternator belt to be sorted out it was finally fixed by Keith Porter this morning (30). We set off and were helped through the Blackburn locks by the lock keeper. Moored at Eanam Wharf and had lunch in the pub (Cod and chips 5.15, Cream Cheese & Chives Jacket Potato 2.95) before going to Morrison's for shopping.

From Enam Bridge No 103A to Church Kirk Bridge No 112 arriving at 6:25 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 15 minutes. 6.5 miles and 0 locks, averaging 2.89 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 124 hours 25 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 179 locks, averaging 2.24 lock/miles per hour.

Near Rishton I saw a pair of swans on the nest with some very young cygnets, the first this year. Went on through Church Swing Bridge and moored on the end of the piling just before Rileys Swing Bridge No 114. A sunny start to the day with increasing cloud, fairly warm with a gusty breeze (Beryl lost her hat into the canal this morning because of it).

Monday 14th May 2001

From Church Kirk Bridge No 112 to Godley Bridge No 130H arriving at 12:45 am. The time taken was 2 hours 55 minutes. 10 miles and 0 locks, averaging 3.43 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 127 hours 20 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 179 locks, averaging 2.19 lock/miles per hour.

Another narrowboat arrived as we were setting off so we woked the swing bridge for them and they worked the next one (Foster's Swing Bridge No. 115) for us. Shortly after the second swing bridge I saw two oystercatchers. Stopped at Rose Grove for water (40 minutes) then went on to moor on Burnley Embankment. Had lunch at Yates Wine Lodge (Gammon & Egg 3.95, Baked Potato with sour cream and chives 1.25) then went shopping.

From Godley Bridge No 130H to Barrowford Bottom Lock No 51 arriving at 4:50 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 55 minutes. 6.25 miles and 0 locks, averaging 3.26 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 129 hours 15 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 179 locks, averaging 2.16 lock/miles per hour.

Had some stones thrown at us as we passed Burnley Lane School. Moored just before the bottom lock. A cloudy day with periods of rain.

Tuesday 15th May 2001

From Barrowford Bottom Lock No 51 to Foulridge Tunnel (South-west End) arriving at 11:45 am. The time taken was 2 hours 20 minutes. 1.37 miles and 7 locks, averaging 3.59 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 131 hours 35 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 186 locks, averaging 2.17 lock/miles per hour.

Two boats came down the Barrowford Locks just before we set off and we passed another boat a few locks up. Stopped for lunch while we waited to go through the tunnel (the lights are green on the half hour from this end). A wet morning.

From Foulridge Tunnel (South-west End) to Double Arched Bridge No 161 arriving at 4:25 pm. The time taken was 3 hours 45 minutes. 8.12 miles and 3 locks, averaging 2.97 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 135 hours 20 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 189 locks, averaging 2.14 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped at Lower Park Marina for 10 minutes to see if they could help with my slipping alternator belt but it was their engineers day off. Went down the Greenberfield Locks by ourselves but passed several boats on the move today. Moored about a mile and a half past Bridge 161, about a mile before the Bank Newton Locks. A cloudy and largely wet day.

Wednesday 16th May 2001

From Double Arched Bridge No 161 to Higherland Lock No 32 arriving at 12:10 am. The time taken was 3 hours 10 minutes. 3.75 miles and 9 locks, averaging 4.03 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 138 hours 30 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 198 locks, averaging 2.15 lock/miles per hour.

Left the mooring pursuded by an aggressive swan and made our way down the Bank Newton Locks. Met three boats coming up the flight as we went down in the rain. Moored at Gargrave for lunch.

From Higherland Lock No 32 to Skipton Junction arriving at 3:55 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 40 minutes. 5 miles and 3 locks, averaging 3 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 141 hours 10 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 201 locks, averaging 2.13 lock/miles per hour.

Moved down to the facilities after lunch and filled with water (15 minutes). Then went down the first two locks in warm sunshine but it had clouded over but the time we reached the third lock and we negotiated most of the swing bridges in the rain. Saw an oystercatcher on the way. Moored just after Brewery Lane Swing Bridge (which now has electically operated barriers and bridge wedges but the bridge is still swung manually).

Thursday 17th May 2001

From Skipton Junction to Silsden Bridge No 191A arriving at 4:00 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 35 minutes. 6.75 miles and 0 locks, averaging 2.61 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 143 hours 45 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 201 locks, averaging 2.09 lock/miles per hour.

Did our shopping at Morrisons and then moved across to Pennine Cruisers for gas (13.50), diesel (145 litres at 29p) and pumpout (10). They also replaced the awkward back alternator belt with a new type (30 labour, 8 for the belt). While this was being done we had lunch. Saw a moorhen chick, the first we have seen this year, and two batches of cygnets. Four of the swing bridges, which are normally left closed, were open to us today because of the foot and mouth restrictions. Moored at Silsden just before the bridge.

Friday 18th May 2001

From Silsden Bridge No 191A to Bingley Station Bridge No 202 arriving at 12:45 am. The time taken was 3 hours 40 minutes. 7.25 miles and 8 locks, averaging 4.16 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 147 hours 25 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 209 locks, averaging 2.1 lock/miles per hour.

A good trip through the various swing bridges to the top of the Bingley Five where we met up with Exelbee, a 55 foot boat from Nantwich. After a short wait we went down the three and the five togother. Moored at the bottom for lunch etc.

Saturday 19th May 2001

From Bingley Station Bridge No 202 to Dobson Staircase Locks Nos 14 and 15 arriving at 12:30 am. The time taken was 3 hours 25 minutes. 6.25 miles and 6 locks, averaging 3.59 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 150 hours 50 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 215 locks, averaging 2.09 lock/miles per hour.

This morning we found that our lifebelt had been stolen at our overnight mooring in Bingley. The lock keeper helped us through the DowleyGap locks and we passed Exelbee moored at Shipley Wharf. Another lock keeper helped us through the Field 3 locks where we followed the wide boat Patonia down the locks and, in the middle lock, passed two narrowboats coming up. Stopped just before the Dobson Locks for water (50 minutes) and had lunch while we waited for the slow tap to fill the tank.

From Dobson Staircase Locks Nos 14 and 15 to Horsforth Road Bridge No 216A arriving at 3:00 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 40 minutes. 2.87 miles and 2 locks, averaging 2.92 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 152 hours 30 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 217 locks, averaging 2.08 lock/miles per hour.

Came down the Dobson two with Exelbee and went through the swing bridge with them. Followed Patonia to Rodley where they worked the swing bridge (the other two swing bridges being left open). A dry and mostly cloudy day with some sunny intervals.

Sunday 20th May 2001

From Horsforth Road Bridge No 216A to River Lock No 1, Leeds arriving at 12:30 am. The time taken was 4 hours 0 minutes. 6.12 miles and 12 locks, averaging 4.53 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 156 hours 30 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 229 locks, averaging 2.1 lock/miles per hour.

Woke this morning to find ourselves on the opposite bank of the canal as someone had slipped our moorings. We were helped by BW men through Newlay and Forge staircases then came down the other locks by ourselves, except for a couple of dozen sightseers who appeared at various locks. Stopped in the basin and went into town for luch at Bella Pasta (Quattro Stagioni Pizza 7.50, Spinach and Ricotta Pizza 7.30) and shopping. A mostly cloudy but warm day.

Leeds and Liverpool Canal to Aire & Calder Navigation - Wakefield Section

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Monday 21st May 2001

From River Lock No 1, Leeds to Stanley Ferry Aqueduct arriving at 3:55 pm. The time taken was 6 hours 15 minutes. 14.87 miles and 10 locks, averaging 3.98 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 162 hours 45 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 239 locks, averaging 2.08 lock/miles per hour.

The lock keeper was at Knostrop Lock and worked it for us but when we got to Woodlesford Lock a commercial barge had caught up with us and went through the lock before us. A narrowboat and a crusier came into Lemonroyd Lock as we came out. Had lunch on the move before we got to Woodnock Lock. Went through this and the following locks with the narrowboat Missy Lee. Stopped for water at Stanley Ferry (35 minutes) then moved down a little way to moor.

Aire & Calder Navigation - Wakefield Section to Calder and Hebble Navigation

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Tuesday 22nd May 2001

From Stanley Ferry Aqueduct to Horbury Bridge arriving at 12:00 am. The time taken was 3 hours 0 minutes. 7.75 miles and 4 locks, averaging 3.92 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 165 hours 45 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 243 locks, averaging 2.07 lock/miles per hour.

Made good progress as all the locks were in our favour. Met a boat from the Strawberry Island Boat Club coming down Broadcut Top Lock after we left. Stopped for lunch on the Horbury visitor moorings and had lunch at the Ship (Roast Pork 3.55, Mushroom Omelette 3.25).

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From Horbury Bridge to Forge Lane Bridge arriving at 2:50 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 45 minutes. 3 miles and 5 locks, averaging 4.57 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 167 hours 30 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 248 locks, averaging 2.08 lock/miles per hour.

All the locks in our favour again this afternoon. Passed just one other boat on the move. Moored on the visitor moorings outside the Perseverance Pub. A hot day with a lot of sunshine.

Wednesday 23rd May 2001

From Forge Lane Bridge to Cooper Bridge Flood Gates arriving at 11:30 am. The time taken was 2 hours 40 minutes. 4.62 miles and 4 locks, averaging 3.23 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 170 hours 10 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 252 locks, averaging 2.07 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped at Shepley Bridge Marina for water (20 minutes) but could not get a pumpout, or anything else, as they were not open until noon. Came on to moor just before the flood gates. Angela came and brought us our post. A warm sunny day.

Thursday 24th May 2001

From Cooper Bridge Flood Gates to Brighouse Basin Entrance arriving at 11:05 am. The time taken was 1 hour 30 minutes. 2.37 miles and 4 locks, averaging 4.25 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 171 hours 40 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 256 locks, averaging 2.07 lock/miles per hour.

Shared the locks with the narrowboat Dire Straits. Called at Sagar marine for 30 minutes while we got a pumpout (10) for which we moored alongside Puffin. Went shopping at Sainsbury's.Brighouse Basin Entrance:  - 24th May 2001.
Brighouse Basin Entrance: - 24th May 2001.

Friday 25th May 2001

From Brighouse Basin Entrance to Anchor Pit Flood Gates arriving at 10:15 am. The time taken was 45 minutes. 0.87 miles and 2 locks, averaging 3.83 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 172 hours 25 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 258 locks, averaging 2.08 lock/miles per hour.

Moved round to the water point and filled with water (25 minutes) before setting off down the locks. Saw a kingfisher just below the locks. Moored just the otherside of the Flood Gates for lunch etc and the rest of the day. A cloudy morning but a sunny afternoon.

Calder and Hebble Navigation to Huddersfield Broad Canal

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Saturday 26th May 2001

From Anchor Pit Flood Gates to Aspley Basin and Junction arriving at 1:00 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 25 minutes. 5 miles and 11 locks, averaging 3.62 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 176 hours 50 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 269 locks, averaging 2.09 lock/miles per hour.

Came down to the junction and up the Huddersfield Broad Canal. There was a lot of rubbish in the locks and the lock moorings are still shallow in places. Moored by Sainsbury's and went in to their restaurant for sandwiches and a drink before shopping. A warm and cloudy day with some sunshine in the afternoon.

Huddersfield Broad Canal to Huddersfield Narrow Canal

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Sunday 27th May 2001

From Aspley Basin and Junction to Slaithwaite arriving at 7:20 pm. The time taken was 9 hours 50 minutes. 5 miles and 23 locks, averaging 2.85 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 186 hours 40 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 292 locks, averaging 2.1 lock/miles per hour.

Spent 45 minutes before setting off in getting water, clearing the prop and running the washing machine prior to the locks. Spent all day going up the locks. There was a lot of rubbish in the water all the way, especially in Huddersfield - had to clear the prop two more times today. Low water caused us delays. We were followed up the locks by Coxy with a crew of four men who gave us a lot of help in running down water and pulling us past obstructions. We cruised late to get to Slaithwaite, where we had an excellent Indian meal. A cloudy day with some light showers.

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Monday 28th May 2001

From Slaithwaite to Colne Lock No 38 E arriving at 3:00 pm. The time taken was 5 hours 35 minutes. 2.12 miles and 15 locks, averaging 3.07 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 192 hours 15 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 307 locks, averaging 2.12 lock/miles per hour.

A better journey this morning, just a few problems with gates that wouldn't fully open and paddles that could not be used. Most of the locks were in our favour and there were not too many places where we went aground. Had to stop in lock 38E as the pounds ahead were very low, so had a very late lunch there.

From Colne Lock No 38 E to Standedge Tunnel (North-east End) arriving at 6:20 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 35 minutes. 1.12 miles and 4 locks, averaging 3.23 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 193 hours 50 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 311 locks, averaging 2.12 lock/miles per hour.

The boats in front got through the locks and ran some water down so we set off again. Had to keep running water down from the pounds above some of which were practically empty. Moored near the tunnel entrance. A rainy start to the day but a dry and sunny afternoon.

Tuesday 29th May 2001

From Standedge Tunnel (North-east End) to Standedge Tunnel (South-west End) arriving at 2:40 pm. The time taken was 5 hours 0 minutes. 3.12 miles and 0 locks, averaging 0.62 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 198 hours 50 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 311 locks, averaging 2.07 lock/miles per hour.

At about 8.30 the boats were started to prepared to be towed through the tunnel. We went through with Katie Jane and Catherine Jayne. the convoy set off at 9.40 with four BW men, one on the tug and one on each boat. After they left Beryl and I walked down the locks and and met Coxy coming up, they had been held up due to water problems. We went to the visitor centre and had a trip into the tunnel. Had lunch at the Waters Edge Restaurant (Cumberland Sausage and Vegtable Cassarole 5.95 each). After lunch BW arraged for a taxi to take to Diggle Tunnel End to wait for the boats. A windy day with sunshine and cloud.

Wednesday 30th May 2001

From Standedge Tunnel (South-west End) to Lime Kiln Lock No 23 W arriving at 11:50 am. The time taken was 2 hours 40 minutes. 1.5 miles and 10 locks, averaging 4.31 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 201 hours 30 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 321 locks, averaging 2.09 lock/miles per hour.

One of the pounds on the Diggle Locks was very low and the bottom gates on the lock below were leaking badly. Stopped on the water point after lock 22W. Filled with water on the slow tap (1 hour) and had lunch.

From Lime Kiln Lock No 23 W to Hartshill and Stalybridge arriving at 7:00 pm. The time taken was 6 hours 0 minutes. 4.12 miles and 16 locks, averaging 3.35 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 207 hours 30 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 337 locks, averaging 2.11 lock/miles per hour.

Continued on through the locks. Saw Catherine Jayne at Saddleworth above a lock that was too tight for him to get through. Also met the Huddersfield Canal Society trip boat and about six other boats coming up the locks. Moored after outside Tesco's after lock 7W. A day of cloud, sunshine and showers.

Thursday 31st May 2001

From Hartshill and Stalybridge to Junction with Ashton Canal arriving at 3:10 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 5 minutes. 2.87 miles and 6 locks, averaging 4.26 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 209 hours 35 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 343 locks, averaging 2.11 lock/miles per hour.

After shopping at Tesco's and having lunch we went down the three remaining locks in Stalybridge. Katie Jane and Catherine Jayne arrived at Stalybridge just before we left. Did not stop at the junction but turned on to the Peak Forest Canal.

Huddersfield Narrow Canal to Peak Forest Canal

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From Junction with Ashton Canal to Dukinfield Junction arriving at 3:20 pm. The time taken was 10 minutes. 0.5 miles and 0 locks, averaging 3 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 209 hours 45 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 343 locks, averaging 2.11 lock/miles per hour.

Moored just past the aqueduct by the park. A cloudy day with a few sunny breaks and a couple of showers.

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