Category: Boat Update

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Moorings ‘with attitude’

Weaver Navigation: Marsh Lock – Winsford – Anderton: 25¼ miles, 6 lock passages Cleddau and crew had spent the better part of two days and a night tied up to the pontoon at Weston Marsh Lock. Blinds and curtains drawn it was easy to ignore the bright security night lighting around the chemical works on the opposite bank – and to enjoy the sense of space from being so close to the wide Manchester Ship Canal and the even wider...

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Chance Timings

Anderton to West Marsh Lock via Northwich: 15 miles,  2 locks So here goes, about to descend 50 feet from the canal to the River Weaver… On arriving at Anderton Boat Lift (it was about 1245 on Sunday) Boatwif dived downstairs in the Visitor Centre to book a passage on the Lift. Short of staff, there was no human voice accessible by phone so a booking in person needed to be made. Confident of the booking procedure Boatwif pressed the...

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Not kidding…

Rode Heath to Anderton: 19¾ miles,  23 locks It’s 46½ miles (and 48 locks) between the home moorings at Higher Poynton and Anderton, the access point to the River Weaver. With wet weather forecast to dry up by midday on Friday the Cleddau crew, moored at Rode Heath, busied themselves inside the boat during the morning until a clearing in the weather appeared. The Captain fastened the cratch canvas sides back to make access on and off the bow easier and...

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Creatures – and creature comforts…

Higher Poynton to Rode Heath, 27 miles, 26 locks, 2 swing bridges “What would you like to do for your birthday?” Boatwif was asked. Her answer was emphatic, unswerving. “NOT be on a motorway…” But a south east to north west road journey back to the boat was to be made, it being accomplished the day before the birthday. Would a birthday on the boat deny Boatwif the creature comforts she might have in her bricks and mortar dwelling?  (Definition...

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“Locked out…”

Congleton Wharf to Higher Poynton: 18½ miles, 12 locks, 2 swing bridges From Congleton the Macclesfield Canal weaves its way towards the Bosley lock flight. On the skyline there are two distinctive features, the huge microwave tower to the north east   and the massive hulk of the Cloud, to the south east of the canal. Do all regular canal and towpath users glance to the landing stage by the farm, just to check that the painted cow is still comfortable...

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Home is where you moor it…

HOME IS WHERE YOU MOOR IT are the cheesy words on a reusable shopping bag, another one of Techno Son-in-Law’s gifts that has had residence rights on the boat for some time.  So where has “home” been in recent days…? There was the lovely mooring at Wedgwood, cows and Canada geese near neighbours on the opposite bank. From Wedgewood   it’s now a familiar trip northward through Trentham to Stoke-on-Trent. At the southern end of Stoke’s boundaries (remember Stoke is an...

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Taking another look

Tixall Wide to Wedgewood: 14½ miles, 12 locks It’s a familiar route now, Tixall Wide northbound to the Macc…Time was when summer cruising was done at a belt, eight hour cruising days, “getting back to base on time” – and all that. Though there are still liaisons agreed and appointments to keep, generally cruise days now are of much shorter duration and, when days off from cruising occur, some local sight-seeing may be permitted. So what’s caught the eye in...

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Right at the Junction

Aston Marina – Stafford – Tixall Wide: 18 miles, 5 locks After a night at Aston Marina Cleddau crawled out of the marina, turned sharp left and headed south. This was to be her third southbound exit from the marina this year… The Trent and Mersey Canal in the Burston and Sandon area provides pleasing views and many sociable bank side onlookers  Often before there have been hold ups on this stretch and Sandon Lock was no exception. There an...

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 Numbers crunched…

Wedgewood to Aston Marina: 5 ½  miles, 9 locks Just as Cleddau was drawing away from one of her top favourite moorings between Trentham and Barlaston on Friday morning another boat drew in. “How far is it to walk to the Wedgewood Factory from here?” was the question. Boatwif was summonsed from the front deck to explain and advise. It was three months ago that her last visit had been made and shamefully some of the crucial detail was perhaps...

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Names and coincidences

Church Lawton to Wedgewood: 12¼ miles, 12 locks, 1 tunnel  Slowly Cleddau and Tentatrice are making their way towards the Staffs and Worcs Canal. The plan had been to continue south from Chester down the Shropshire Union and to turn left at Autherley Junction onto the Staffs and Worcs. There was a change of plan (another one) when notification was received that a week’s closure was scheduled to repair Wheaton Aston lock, from 31st July to 7th August… An alternative...