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Maiden Voyage - July

Cruising Log Index

Grand Union Leicester Section

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Friday 1th July 1994

From to Sileby Lock No 49 arriving at 11:45 am. The time taken was 2 hours 25 minutes. 5.25 miles and 4 locks, averaging 3.83 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 49 hours 45 minutes. total cruising time, 89 miles and 81 locks, averaging 3.42 lock/miles per hour.

Started off at 9.20 and switched on the washer/drier to do our second lot of washing. Shelia Graham rang to say that she had arranged tto have our centre mooring ring welded at Sileby Mill boatyard, just below the lock, and that someone from Aynho would do the oil change there.

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From Sileby Lock No 49 to Pilling's Flood Lock No 52 arriving at 6:30 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 0 minutes. 4.62 miles and 3 locks, averaging 3.81 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 51 hours 45 minutes. total cruising time, 93.62 miles and 84 locks, averaging 3.43 lock/miles per hour.

Moored just abve Miller's bridge, ready to go into Loughborough for the shopping in the morning.

Saturday 2th July 1994

From Pilling's Flood Lock No 52 to A60 Road Bridge, Loughborough arriving at 81:0 pm. The time taken was 30 minutes. 1.37 miles and 0 locks, averaging 2.74 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 52 hours 15 minutes. total cruising time, 95 miles and 84 locks, averaging 3.43 lock/miles per hour.

Some overnight rain had washed some of the dust fro the boat. A short trip brought us to Loughborough where Tescos supplied most of our shopping needs. We took the bike and put the rucksack on it to carry a big load of shopping.

From A60 Road Bridge, Loughborough to Zouch Lock No 55 arriving at 1:15 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 15 minutes. 4 miles and 3 locks, averaging 3.11 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 54 hours 30 minutes. total cruising time, 99 miles and 87 locks, averaging 3.41 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped for lunch just above the lock. This stretch was very busy with boats and walkers enjoying the hot weather.

Grand Union Leicester Section to River Trent

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From Zouch Lock No 55 to Lenton Chain Junction arriving at 7:30 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 45 minutes. 13.37 miles and 6 locks, averaging 4.08 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 59 hours 15 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 93 locks, averaging 3.26 lock/miles per hour.

Moored, between the new marina and Sainsburys, just before the junction. We seem to be having trouble with water coming in through the weed hatch, I have repositioned the hatch cover and have pumped out some of the water.

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Sunday 3th July 1994

From Lenton Chain Junction to Lenton Chain Junction arriving at 2:30 pm. The time taken was 30 minutes. 0 miles and 0 locks, averaging 0 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 59 hours 45 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 93 locks, averaging 3.23 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped outside the canal museum to wait for Rosemary aand George.

From Lenton Chain Junction to Holme Lock No 5 arriving at 7:15 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 45 minutes. 4.75 miles and 3 locks, averaging 4.43 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 61 hours 30 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 96 locks, averaging 3.19 lock/miles per hour.

Moored just above the lock. Weather continues warm and fine despite some spots of rain.Between Holme Lock No 5 and Hazelford Lock No 8: George holding boat in lock - 4th July 1994.
Between Holme Lock No 5 and Hazelford Lock No 8: George holding boat in lock - 4th July 1994.

Monday 4th July 1994

From Holme Lock No 5 to Gunthorpe Bridge arriving at 10:50 am. The time taken was 1 hour 50 minutes. 6.87 miles and 1 locks, averaging 4.29 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 63 hours 20 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 97 locks, averaging 3.11 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped for some shopping at the small village store. Attractive residential village with 3 pubs by the river.

From Gunthorpe Bridge to Newark Road Bridge arriving at 2:40 pm. The time taken was 3 hours 5 minutes. 14.12 miles and 3 locks, averaging 5.55 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 66 hours 25 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 100 locks, averaging 3.01 lock/miles per hour.

Tried to stop at Fardon but could only find pub and chaldery moorings so had lunch on the move. Stopped to look round Newark and got a call from Angela to say she wanted to come to see us today. Nice town with old fashioned shops and market. Met Ang on the 18.10 train. We all went out to 2 pubs.

Tuesday 5th July 1994

From Newark Road Bridge to Torksey Junction arriving at 2:10 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 25 minutes. 21.5 miles and 2 locks, averaging 5.32 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 70 hours 50 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 102 locks, averaging 2.85 lock/miles per hour.

Travelled the first part of the tidal Trent. Hit one of the submerged islands but soon got off. Lots of cormorants and a few G. C. Grebes. Moored below Torksey Lockand consulted the lock keeper about the trip to Keadby. Turned the boat round ready to go in the morning. Walked to the very small village. George cooked dinner. We have to leave between 730 & 745 tomorrow.

River Trent to Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation

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Wednesday 6th July 1994

From Torksey Junction to Keadby Lock No 17 arriving at 12:15 am. The time taken was 4 hours 45 minutes. 27.5 miles and 0 locks, averaging 5.79 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 75 hours 35 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 102 locks, averaging 2.67 lock/miles per hour.

On the way down river we saw two gravel barges, a NRA boat (doing a fair speed and creatting a lot of wash) and a seal on the bank (just above Gainsborough). Gave the boat a hefty bang on entering the lock. We moored shortly after the lock for lunch.

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From Keadby Lock No 17 to Thorne bridge arriving at 4:35 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 45 minutes. 9.87 miles and 1 locks, averaging 3.95 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 78 hours 20 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 103 locks, averaging 2.59 lock/miles per hour.

Saw a sailing boat, a pair of working narrow boats and operated a lot of swing bridges.Quite a bit of wind and soon the sun disappeared and it started to rain so we stopped here rather than go on to Stainforth.

Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation to Aire & Calder Main Line

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Thursday 7th July 1994

From Thorne bridge to Ferry Bridge Lock No 10 arriving at 6:15 pm. The time taken was 6 hours 50 minutes. 22 miles and 5 locks, averaging 3.95 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 85 hours 10 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 108 locks, averaging 2.44 lock/miles per hour.

LeftThorne after shopping and filling with water. Crusied all day passing 3 barges on tthe Aire & Calder. Ferry Bridge Lock No 10: View with a train of coal boats entering lock - 8th July 1994.
Ferry Bridge Lock No 10: View with a train of coal boats entering lock - 8th July 1994.

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Friday 8th July 1994

From Ferry Bridge Lock No 10 to Bulholme Lock No 9 arriving at 10:45 am. The time taken was 1 hour 25 minutes. 4.5 miles and 1 locks, averaging 3.88 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 86 hours 35 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 109 locks, averaging 2.41 lock/miles per hour.

Had to wait for about 25 minutes at Ferry Bridge due to the number of barges and tankers coming through the lock. Stopped just before Barnsdale Road Bridge to go into Castleford for shopping, then we moved down a few hunderd yards for water.

Aire & Calder Main Line to Aire & Calder Navigation - Wakefield Section

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From Bulholme Lock No 9 to Stanley Ferry Aqueduct arriving at 2:25 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 40 minutes. 5.62 miles and 5 locks, averaging 6.37 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 88 hours 15 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 114 locks, averaging 2.42 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped at Stanley Ferry Marina for a Calder & Hebble hand spike, I also got a couple of Leeds & Liverpool "handcuff" keys. We followed a British watterways boat, full of office types, down all this streach of canal and shared locks with them.

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

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From Stanley Ferry Aqueduct to Thornhill Double Locks Nos 8 & 9 arriving at 7:05 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 20 minutes. 9.87 miles and 9 locks, averaging 4.35 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 92 hours 35 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 123 locks, averaging 2.41 lock/miles per hour.

Moored just beyond Brewery Bridge. We were going to the Pub (The Nelson) but Angela fell on a hole on the towpath as we were mooring and ricked her ankle.

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Saturday 9th July 1994

From Thornhill Double Locks Nos 8 & 9 to Shepley Bridge Lock No 11 arriving at 10:30 am. The time taken was 1 hour 20 minutes. 2.87 miles and 2 locks, averaging 3.65 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 93 hours 55 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 125 locks, averaging 2.4 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped to fillup with water and diesel and to have a pump out.

From Shepley Bridge Lock No 11 to Cooper Bridge Flood Gates arriving at 12:30 am. The time taken was 1 hour 0 minutes. 2.62 miles and 2 locks, averaging 4.62 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 94 hours 55 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 127 locks, averaging 2.39 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped for lunch. Champers went exploring and had to be caught so we could move on.

Calder and Hebble Navigation to Huddersfield Broad Canal

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From Cooper Bridge Flood Gates to Aspley Basin and Junction arriving at 4:30 pm. The time taken was 3 hours 0 minutes. 3.5 miles and 8 locks, averaging 3.83 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 97 hours 55 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 135 locks, averaging 2.4 lock/miles per hour.

Turned in the basin and moored outside Sainsbury's. Had a farewell dinner for Angela, Rosemary and George at the "Deep Pan Pitza" place.

Huddersfield Broad Canal to Calder and Hebble Navigation

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Sunday 10th July 1994

From Aspley Basin and Junction to Ledgard Flood Gates arriving at 6:45 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 5 minutes. 5.25 miles and 10 locks, averaging 3.73 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 102 hours 0 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 145 locks, averaging 2.4 lock/miles per hour.

Started off from Huddersfield at 14.10 then stopped for about half an hour at Leeds Road bridge to let Neil and Angela ashore to get a taxi back. They did 4 locks with us. The Huddersfield Canal locks are a tight squeeze going down hill and we kept having to manouver the boat clear of the gates.

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Monday 11th July 1994

From Ledgard Flood Gates to Shepley Bridge Lock No 11 arriving at 83:5 pm. The time taken was 15 minutes. 0.87 miles and 0 locks, averaging 3.48 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 102 hours 15 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 145 locks, averaging 2.4 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped at Shepley Bidge Marina for water. The shop was not open when we left at 1030 although it was suposed to be open at 10am.

From Shepley Bridge Lock No 11 to Horbury Bridge arriving at 1:05 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 35 minutes. 5 miles and 7 locks, averaging 4.65 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 104 hours 50 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 152 locks, averaging 2.4 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped at the bridge to have lunch in the pub but bot the Bingley Arms and the Ship were closed, however we found a very nice pub nearby and had a generous ploughman's each.

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

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From Horbury Bridge to Birkwood Lock No 2 arriving at 6:00 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 45 minutes. 8.37 miles and 5 locks, averaging 4.86 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 107 hours 35 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 157 locks, averaging 2.39 lock/miles per hour.

As the lock closed at 5.30 we moored for the night just above the lock.

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

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Tuesday 12th July 1994

From Birkwood Lock No 2 to River Lock No 1, Leeds arriving at 2:00 pm. The time taken was 5 hours 0 minutes. 13.25 miles and 9 locks, averaging 4.45 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 112 hours 35 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 166 locks, averaging 2.36 lock/miles per hour.

Arrived amongst much activity from tourist (and some drunks, which upset Beryl). Went into Leeds or some shopping, including some moore films for me.

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Wednesday 13th July 1994

From River Lock No 1, Leeds to Newlay Staircase Locks Nos 11 to 13 arriving at 2:15 pm. The time taken was 5 hours 5 minutes. 4.5 miles and 12 locks, averaging 3.25 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 117 hours 40 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 178 locks, averaging 2.36 lock/miles per hour.

Started off at 8.40 but stopped for water just after office lock, which took about half an hour. On journey up encountered staircases with very low water and a lot of children swimming in the locks. Moored by Ross Mill Swing Bridge, No. 219.

From Newlay Staircase Locks Nos 11 to 13 to Bradford Canal (abandoned) arriving at 7:45 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 20 minutes. 8 miles and 5 locks, averaging 3 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 122 hours 0 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 183 locks, averaging 2.32 lock/miles per hour.

Moored at the BW visitor's moorings by bridge 207D and went to find somewhere to eat. We found a very nice resturant called "Connections" in Westgate, good range on the menu, good service, and well cooked and presented food. 22.25 for drinks, main course, desserts and coffee for two.

Thursday 14th July 1994

From Bradford Canal (abandoned) to Granby Bridge, Riddlesden No 197A arriving at 4:05 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 50 minutes. 5.5 miles and 11 locks, averaging 3.41 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 126 hours 50 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 194 locks, averaging 2.32 lock/miles per hour.

Walked round Saltaire this morning, many impressive straw coloured stone buildings as well as the more humble workmens cottages. Shared the Bingley Locks with a young couple on an old wooden narrow boat. They were assisted by an old ex-lock-keeper named George who took charge of all the proceedings and was a great help. Very shallow above Bingley.

Friday 15th July 1994

From Granby Bridge, Riddlesden No 197A to Skipton Junction arriving at 12:55 am. The time taken was 4 hours 5 minutes. 11.25 miles and 0 locks, averaging 2.76 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 130 hours 55 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 194 locks, averaging 2.25 lock/miles per hour.

A morning of beautiful countryside and threatening rain, which luckily never came. Stopped at Skipton for water, shopping and a walk up the Springs Branch. The sun met us at Skipton.

From Skipton Junction to Higherland Lock No 32 arriving at 8:00 pm. The time taken was 3 hours 15 minutes. 5 miles and 3 locks, averaging 2.46 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 134 hours 10 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 197 locks, averaging 2.21 lock/miles per hour.

The cloud cleared and the afternoon bought more fne scenery and many swing bridges which we shared with a string of 3 or 4 boats, meaning we had to operate very few. Tripped and grazed my knees while mooring tonight.

Sunday 17th July 1994

From Higherland Lock No 32 to South Field Bridge No 159 arriving at 12:50 am. The time taken was 3 hours 55 minutes. 5.25 miles and 9 locks, averaging 3.64 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 138 hours 5 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 206 locks, averaging 2.22 lock/miles per hour.

After stopping a whole day at Gargrave we cruised on through the first 3 locks by ourselves but met up with another boat to go through the 6 Bank Newton locks. Stopped for lunch just before bridge 159.

From South Field Bridge No 159 to Foulridge Wharf arriving at 5:00 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 50 minutes. 5.5 miles and 3 locks, averaging 3 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 140 hours 55 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 209 locks, averaging 2.19 lock/miles per hour.

Moored just before the railway bridge at Foulridge, in the visitors moorings. Another sunny day and magnificant secenery.

Monday 18th July 1994

From Foulridge Wharf to Burnley BWB Depot arriving at 12:55 am. The time taken was 4 hours 0 minutes. 9.5 miles and 7 locks, averaging 4.13 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 144 hours 55 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 216 locks, averaging 2.18 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped on the Burnley Embankment for lunch. Visited the nearby Sainsbury's and phoned South Shore. Filled with water at the depot. We had cleared Barrowford locks by 11am.

From Burnley BWB Depot to Whalley Road Bridge No 114B arriving at 6:15 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 25 minutes. 8 miles and 0 locks, averaging 3.31 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 147 hours 20 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 216 locks, averaging 2.14 lock/miles per hour.

Moored just past bridge 114C for the night. Refilled the greaser tube and cleared the propellor of an inner tube, parts of an old sack, several pairs of tights and a miscellaneous collection of cord and rope. Yet another hot day.

Tuesday 19th July 1994

From Whalley Road Bridge No 114B to Cherry Tree Bridge No 95 arriving at 1:55 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 55 minutes. 10.5 miles and 6 locks, averaging 3.36 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 152 hours 15 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 222 locks, averaging 2.11 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped for lunch just before Cherry Tree Bridge. Some passing cloud but mostly sunny.

From Cherry Tree Bridge No 95 to Withnell Fold Bridge No 88 arriving at 5:15 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 30 minutes. 4.5 miles and 0 locks, averaging 3 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 153 hours 45 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 222 locks, averaging 2.09 lock/miles per hour.

Moored for the night at bridge 86 (Brown House Bridge). The afternoon has been very hot. Took a picture of a boat coming through the bridge with the Bronica.

Wednesday 20th July 1994

From Withnell Fold Bridge No 88 to Cowling Bridge No 75A arriving at 1:45 pm. The time taken was 3 hours 15 minutes. 4.75 miles and 7 locks, averaging 3.62 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 157 hours 0 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 229 locks, averaging 2.1 lock/miles per hour.

Started from Bridge 86 at 9.30 but stopped for an hour for water (a very slow tap) at Johnson's Hill Top Lock. Stopped for lunch between bridges 75 and 75A.

From Cowling Bridge No 75A to Red Rock Bridge No 63 arriving at 6:00 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 15 minutes. 5.25 miles and 0 locks, averaging 2.33 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 159 hours 15 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 229 locks, averaging 2.07 lock/miles per hour.

Moored for the night between Bridges 60 and 61after stoppig at L&L Cruisers (for a pump out) and at the White Bear Marina (for fenders, light bulbs and adapter). The water in this pound seems rather low. Another hot day!

Thursday 21st July 1994

From Red Rock Bridge No 63 to Wigan Top Lock No 65 arriving at 83:0 pm. The time taken was 50 minutes. 2.5 miles and 1 locks, averaging 4.2 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 160 hours 5 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 230 locks, averaging 2.06 lock/miles per hour.

Arrived at the top of Wigan Locks, took on water and waited for another boat, which never came.

Leeds and Liverpool Canal to Leeds & Liverpool - Leigh Branch

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From Wigan Top Lock No 65 to Dover Bridge No 4 arriving at 6:15 pm. The time taken was 7 hours 10 minutes. 6 miles and 22 locks, averaging 3.91 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 167 hours 15 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 252 locks, averaging 2.1 lock/miles per hour.

Went through the Wgan Locks inhazy sun at first but later (14.55) it started to rain quite hard. The weather cleared up at the botom of the flight and we went on to the Leigh Branch iin the dry. Shared the last half of the flight with a couple from Bromley/Napton.

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Friday 22nd July 1994

From Dover Bridge No 4 to Leigh Bridge Junction arriving at 10:10 am. The time taken was 1 hour 5 minutes. 3.25 miles and 0 locks, averaging 3 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 168 hours 20 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 252 locks, averaging 2.09 lock/miles per hour.

Started out in cloud and stopped at Leigh for shopping and to ring Billy to let him know we would be at Middlewich on Monday morning. By the time we left (13.40) the sun was out.

Leeds & Liverpool - Leigh Branch to Bridgewater Canal

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From Leigh Bridge Junction to Dunham School Bridge No 28 arriving at 7:40 pm. The time taken was 6 hours 0 minutes. 17.37 miles and 0 locks, averaging 2.9 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 174 hours 20 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 252 locks, averaging 2.02 lock/miles per hour.

Made a detirmined effort to get through Manchester today. The water around Worsley was orange but quickly changed to very clear water by Patricroft and Barton, we could see the bottom and the fish swimming round. A lot of anglers this afternoon and another hot day.

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Saturday 23rd July 1994

From Dunham School Bridge No 28 to Bollington Underbridge arriving at 78:0 pm. The time taken was 30 minutes. 1.25 miles and 0 locks, averaging 2.5 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 174 hours 50 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 252 locks, averaging 2.01 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped for water just past the underbridge for half an hour.

From Bollington Underbridge to Moorfield Bridge No 6 arriving at 12:30 am. The time taken was 3 hours 0 minutes. 10.87 miles and 0 locks, averaging 3.62 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 177 hours 50 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 252 locks, averaging 1.98 lock/miles per hour.

Cruised through some interesting towns of very neat and suburban appeaarance. Very hot by lunch time and a lot of anglers.

Bridgewater Canal to Preston Brook Branch (Bridgewater Canal)

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From Moorfield Bridge No 6 to Preston Brook arriving at 3:20 pm. The time taken was 50 minutes. 2.62 miles and 0 locks, averaging 3.14 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 178 hours 40 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 252 locks, averaging 1.97 lock/miles per hour.

Arrived at the tunnel but found we had to wait until 1630 before we could go through, with about 6 boats in front of us. When the time came for us to go we found that we were delayed for another 25 minutes because boats from the other direction were coming through at the wrong time.

Preston Brook Branch (Bridgewater Canal) to Trent and Mersey Canal

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From Preston Brook to Acton Bridge No 209 arriving at 6:50 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 55 minutes. 3.25 miles and 1 locks, averaging 2.22 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 180 hours 35 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 253 locks, averaging 1.95 lock/miles per hour.

Moored for the night after passing through Preston Brook tunnel and Dutton Stop Lock with the convey of boats that had by now grown to about 8 or 9. Passed Mr Armatige on his boat "Traa-dy-liooar".

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Sunday 24th July 1994

From Acton Bridge No 209 to Anderton Lift Branch Junction arriving at 82:0 pm. The time taken was 50 minutes. 3.37 miles and 0 locks, averaging 4.04 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 181 hours 25 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 253 locks, averaging 1.95 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped to take pictures of the lift.

From Anderton Lift Branch Junction to Bridge No 181 arriving at 1:00 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 10 minutes. 5.25 miles and 0 locks, averaging 4.5 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 182 hours 35 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 253 locks, averaging 1.93 lock/miles per hour.

Moored for lunch just after bridge 182. Cloudy day so far.

From Bridge No 181 to Middlewich Junction arriving at 5:45 pm. The time taken was 3 hours 50 minutes. 5 miles and 4 locks, averaging 2.35 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 186 hours 25 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 257 locks, averaging 1.92 lock/miles per hour.

Rained for much of the afternoon. At Middlewich Big Lock I met someone on holiday from BT in Brunel House. A queue of about 5 boats for the Middlewich narrow locks. The weather improved and the sun came through as we moored by the King's Lock Chandelry, aafter taaking on water at the water point opposite.

Monday 25th July 1994

From Middlewich Junction to Rumps Lock No 70 arriving at 53:5 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 0 minutes. 0.87 miles and 1 locks, averaging 1.87 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 187 hours 25 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 258 locks, averaging 1.91 lock/miles per hour.

Spent most of the day at Middlewich, having the cratch made and measured for covers, getting the heating sorted out (air in the system), getting the door catches fixed and the intercoms installed. We also went shopping in the friendly town centre. Cruised for an hour to bridge 165.

Tuesday 26th July 1994

From Rumps Lock No 70 to Wheelock Flight Top Lock No 59 arriving at 1:45 pm. The time taken was 3 hours 55 minutes. 6.25 miles and 11 locks, averaging 4.4 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 191 hours 20 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 269 locks, averaging 1.93 lock/miles per hour.

A grey day with spots of rain and only the briefest moments of sunshine. Moored for lunch just beforre bridge 148.

From Wheelock Flight Top Lock No 59 to Thurlwood Lock No 53 arriving at 6:00 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 15 minutes. 2.5 miles and 6 locks, averaging 3.78 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 193 hours 35 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 275 locks, averaging 1.94 lock/miles per hour.

Moored for the night just above the lock. The day has continued grey although the countryside is pleasant.Went to the Broughton Arms a large and comfortble pub with food available.

Wednesday 27th July 1994

From Thurlwood Lock No 53 to Red Bull Lock No 44 arriving at 11:30 am. The time taken was 2 hours 0 minutes. 2.37 miles and 9 locks, averaging 5.69 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 195 hours 35 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 284 locks, averaging 1.96 lock/miles per hour.

While we were in Halls Lock No 49 I was greeted by Robin Mann and his wife who are on a cycle trip from Manchester to London (on his daughter's bike) for a bet. Moored to fill up with water at the BW depot and then had an early lunch.

From Red Bull Lock No 44 to Harecastle Tunnel (north end) arriving at 1:45 pm. The time taken was 50 minutes. 1 miles and 4 locks, averaging 6 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 196 hours 25 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 288 locks, averaging 1.98 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped by bridge 132 to do some shopping then moved a few yards to the tunnel mouth to wait our turn to go through. Sun came out for a little while, following a wet start to the morning.

From Harecastle Tunnel (north end) to Harecastle Tunnel (south end) arriving at 3:25 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 0 minutes. 1.62 miles and 0 locks, averaging 1.62 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 197 hours 25 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 288 locks, averaging 1.97 lock/miles per hour.

Went through the tunnel behind another boat then stopped for the night. A lot of oil (petrol?) on the water here. As I cleaned my teeth tonight a filling dropped out - most annoying!

Thursday 28th July 1994

From Harecastle Tunnel (south end) to Etruria Junction arriving at 10:10 am. The time taken was 1 hour 25 minutes. 3.75 miles and 0 locks, averaging 2.65 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 198 hours 50 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 288 locks, averaging 1.95 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped just past bridge 117 to go into the centre at Hanley to find a dentist. The tourist information centre rang a few dentists and booked me a 1415 aappointment for one in Stoke.

From Etruria Junction to Stoke-on-Trent, Bridge No 112 arriving at 12:25 am. The time taken was 1 hour 25 minutes. 1.5 miles and 5 locks, averaging 4.59 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 200 hours 15 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 293 locks, averaging 1.96 lock/miles per hour.

Moored just before the bridge to do some shopping (a PC mouse and a multi-meter from Maplins) and went to the dentist - only to find the appointment had been cancelled because they had no electricity! Consulted Yellow Pages and made a new appointment with a dentist in Stone, for 10am tomorrow.

From Stoke-on-Trent, Bridge No 112 to Stone Bottom Lock No 27 arriving at 7:40 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 45 minutes. 7.62 miles and 8 locks, averaging 3.29 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 205 hours 0 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 301 locks, averaging 1.96 lock/miles per hour.

Moored some way beyond the bottom lock as tthe mooring in Stone were very busy. Another hot sunny day. Met Robin Mann and his wife again, they had spent the day resting - for the sake of the dog they said.

Friday 29th July 1994

From Stone Bottom Lock No 27 to Haywood Lock No 22 arriving at 6:30 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 0 minutes. 10 miles and 5 locks, averaging 3.75 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 209 hours 0 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 306 locks, averaging 1.94 lock/miles per hour.

After having my filling replaced, doing the shopping and havng lunch at Stone we sttarted cruising at 1350. We saw Robin & Anglea Mann about half a dozen times today. Very good scenery and hot and mostly sunny weather. Took on water at the junction before mooring for the night just below the lock.

Saturday 30th July 1994

From Haywood Lock No 22 to King's Bromley Bridge No 54 arriving at 12:55 am. The time taken was 4 hours 0 minutes. 10.37 miles and 2 locks, averaging 3.09 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 213 hours 0 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 308 locks, averaging 1.92 lock/miles per hour.

Took some more photos before starting off.Mostly a sunny day but some cloudand a few stops of rain. Saw Angela Mann on the tow path at Rugeley, Robin had gone shopping. Moored a little way past the bridge for lunch. Champs went out and I had my hair cut.

Trent and Mersey Canal to Coventry Canal (Detached Portion)

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From King's Bromley Bridge No 54 to Huddlesford Junction arriving at 6:25 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 25 minutes. 5.75 miles and 3 locks, averaging 3.62 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 215 hours 25 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 311 locks, averaging 1.91 lock/miles per hour.

Moored for the night just before bridge 85 (Kings Orchard Bridge). Quite a hot evening and we had roast chicken for dinner, which flaked Beryl out by the time she had finished cooking it.

Coventry Canal (Detached Portion) to Birmingham and Fazeley Canal

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Sunday 31st July 1994

From Huddlesford Junction to Fazeley Junction arriving at 7:30 pm. The time taken was 3 hours 10 minutes. 7 miles and 0 locks, averaging 2.21 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 218 hours 35 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 311 locks, averaging 1.88 lock/miles per hour.

Spent most of the day in Lichfield, visiting the Johnson birth place and the cathedral. Had a good lunch at the Pig and Truffle and walked back to the boat. When we were nearly back it rained but brightened again by the time we moored at Fazeley. The boat must have broken loose from its moorings while we were in Lichfield as someone had remoored it using an extra mooring pin.

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