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The Waterways Wanderings of Narrowboat “Just Heaven”

Torksey

Yet another day of unbroken sunshine, but this time with a chilly wind to accompany it. We had planned a late cooked breakfast today, but that didn’t work out. On the river the only stopping places are at locks. The first one was too early. The lock keeper at the next lock told us that if we carried straight on without stopping then we could just catch the tide to stop overnight at Torksey. So we pressed on and breakfast turned into a sandwich lunch.
We are now on the scary tidal Trent, but it’s turned so far to not be scary at all.

The locks are big around here!

The locks are big around here!

Coming in to Newark

Coming in to Newark

Newark town lock and castle

Newark town lock and castle

Gunthorpe

We are now on the river Trent, the non-tidal part. We left Shardlow at about eight o’clock and shared the locks through to Nottingham with a couple going to watch an England vs South Africa game at Trent Bridge. A stop at Sainsburys to top up the fridge & grocery cupboard and then onto the Trent proper.

Railway bridge just outside Nottingham

Railway bridge just outside Nottingham


The Trent is really lovely, much more open than the Severn with more to look at.
Stoke Lock on the Trent

Stoke Lock on the Trent


We stopped at Gunthorpe Lock at about 4pm and sat outside on the floating pontoons for the evening in glorious sunshine with our drying washing that was done earlier in the day in the new mini-washing machine!

Shardlow

We are now at the end of the Trent & Mersey canal where it meets the river Trent, though this part is the non-scary, not-tidal part. The scary, tidal part is yet to come!
A really great day today, the weather lovely and sunny.

Branston Water Park

We had an early start and were away by about eight. There were lots of boats about, but we got through Fradley without having to queue for long. A stop was taken in Arlewas for a late breakfast (Full English). It’s a lovely village and we used to stop here years ago when we had a share in a boat based at Barton Turns Marina.

For a short section after Arlewas the canal joins the river Trent, we have navigated part of the Trent now, though it was very placid, well in the “green”. It may not be that way further downstream.

The river section by Wychnor

The river section by Wychnor

We stopped earlyish, about 3 o’clock, by Branston Water Park so that we could clean one side of the boat. The evening was really warm and sunny, so a barbecue was called for.

Cheers!

Cheers!

An evening walk of twice round the water park rounded off an excellent day.

Handsacre

Tixall Wide

Tixall Wide

A really great day today. Only four locks, but got our exercise by going for a 5+ mile walk through Cannock Chase and then back via the Shugborough Hall estate. The footpath goes right through the estate, so we didn’t have to pay (though we couldn’t go round the house itself !). Then back across the historic “Essex Bridge” to the canal.

Shugborough Hall

Shugborough Hall

Essex Bridge

Essex Bridge

The afternoon was a gentle chug in lovely sunshine, broken by a stop in Rugeley to go to Morrisons. We stopped for the night just outside Handsacre

Acton Trussel

A misty start, and rather chilly at first, but it soon warmed up and we had a great day. Busy with boats, meeting somebody at most locks. Whilst queueing at Gailey lock we bought a new tiller pin from the boat following us.

Our new tiller pin

Our new tiller pin

Compton

We are on our way up to York!

This a big adventure for us, we have mostly stuck to the Midlands narrow canals in the past. We need to arrive in York before 15th Sept. as we are attending a friend’s wedding. We think the journey will take about 12 days, so we set off in plenty of time to allow for delays.

Today’s weather was really odd, periods of sunshine and some terrific heavy storms. We got to Compton and there was hardly any mooring space, but we squeezed in between two boats above the lock.

Going up Bratch

Going up Bratch

Maintenance

We have spent the last two days doing various assorted maintenance jobs.

Saturday was painting day. We touched up the side below the gunnels where there were  chips caused by workmen with strimmers flicking up stones. The front well deck also got a new coat of paint and also the locker at the back where we keep the windlasses etc.

I took everything off of the roof and gave it a good scrub to remove the algae and lichen. I usually use Jeyes Fluid, but this time I used a dilute bleach solution as the Jeyes wasn’t shifting the algae. Heddi rubbed down and re-varnished the wood edging to the work surface in the kitchen, and we did some other general tidying jobs.

Yesterday was engine ‘ole day. I changed all the filters and did an oil change. I also checked the alternator belts and the throttle & gear cables and tightened up the stern gland.

All this is in preparation for our forthcoming trip to York. That will entail going on the tidal river Trent, so I wanted to make sure that all was OK with the engine.

This morning we tidied up and left for home.

Wolverley Court Lock

A bit of a lie in this morning, we didnt leave Worcester until just before 9 o’clock. A fairly pleasant trip up the river. We shared all the locks with a Alvechurch hire boat. The family on board normally live in Thailand and were on holiday to show the children some of the British countryside. They were new to narrowboating, but were keen to learn and caught on quickly.

We took on diesel and had a pumpout at Limekiln in Stourport basin and then carried on ’til Wolverly Court lock.

Worcester – at last !

After over five weeks of waiting we have finally begun the trip back to Kinver! The Severn has been open for several days, but we have been on a pre-booked camping holiday in Devon until yesterday. So today we drove up to Parkend and started the journey back. We locked out at Gloucester at nine o’clock with two other narrowboats and a small cruiser. The current up to the parting was fairly strong, but once onto the main river the going was reasonably OK.

We shared Upper Lode lock with one of the narrowboats (the other must have been going relatively slowly as we never saw it again after we left Gloucester). Then they went up the Avon and we were on our own up to Worcester. The river was very quiet, we only saw two other boats. Diglis locks were reached at about 5:00, then we took on water by the trip boat moorings and moored up for the night by the race cource

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