A really lovely day weather wise. The sun stayed out all day making it very pleasantly warm. We set off about 8 o’clock towards Middlewich. Through Big lock, the flight of three locks, then around the junction and up through Wardle lock. As Simon & Karen have to be back at work on Monday we

Bramble Cuttings

With Karen & Simon on board we set off from home at about 12:40. We expected to get to the marina between three and half past, but due to traffic problems on the M5 and M6 it was almost 4:15 when we arrived. So we unpacked the car and loaded it all onto the boat

Oakwood marina

We did a short chug up to just below Hunts lock. Then moored up and walked up to Vale Royal locks. Originally we had planned to cruise this way up to Winsford, but the engineering works on Vale Royal overran, so CRT advised us that we would be delayed this way. So that’s why we

Northwich town

A lovely bright sunny day today. We had booked our passage through Dutton and Saltersford locks for 11:00 and 12:00 respectively. We arrived at Dutton just after 10 o’clock so moored up and had a cup of tea while waiting. The CRT guys turned up about 10:40 and locked us through. We met them again

Sutton swing bridge

We are moored on the river Weaver after a really great days boating. The wildlife here is abundant with ducks, swans, geese, great crested grebes, little grebes, cormorants, kingfishers, coots, moorhens & herons. All this and trip down the amazing Anderton boat lift.

Oakwood marina

We have arrived at our new marina. The trip down from Wheelock went fairly quickly as all the locks were in our favour. The weather wasn’t too good though with a cold wind blowing most of the time. There were very few boats around, we didn’t meet any until after Middlewich. As we needed a


A really good days boating. 10 miles and 26 locks, mostly in lovely autumn sunshine. There was quite a hard frost overnight.First thing this morning it was still freezing enough to make the ropes solid. We set off at 8:00 to get to Harecastle tunnel by 8:30 when the tunnel keepers come on duty. It

Westport lake

A much warmer day today. When the sun came out it was very pleasant. Quite a few more boats about than yesterday. We met one at almost every lock. We followed an Australian couple on a Black Prince hire boat up through the Stone and Meaford locks, but they then stopped at Barlaston. Near Barlaston

Above Weston lock

To confuse matters there are two ‘Weston’ locks on tne Trent and Mersey canal. We are moored just above the more northerly one, near Weston Upon Trent. Today has been the coldest boating day we can remember in over 20 years. Ususally I dont feel the cold too much, but today I had five layers

Fradley Junction

An uneventful day. We set off at 8:00, dropped down the last two Atherstone locks then chugged the long pound past Polesworth, Alvecote and Amington to reach Glascote locks. We had hardly seen any boats all morning, but now found ourselves third in a queue for tne locks. These are very slow to fill so