Tixall Wide

8 miles, 3 locks The weather forecast was right today. It was on/off drizzley raind until midday, then rained hard all day. We set off at 8:15 and arrived in Tixall wide at 11:30. We have stayed here all day looking at the rain, the wind and the geese!

Carr House Bridge

7.5 miles, 10 locks The weather forecast for today was heavy rain until mid afternoon. So initially we decided to stay put until the rain eased off. But by about 9:30 the sky was clearing and the rain had stopped, so we set off. The weather forecast was wrong – no more rain all day.

Near Hem Heath

13 miles, 17 locks. A long day today. We had planned a short day. The intention was to overnight in Hanley Park. There are good moorings there and it’s very attractive. But I read some online reports of moorers who have had trouble overnight from local teenagers. So we made a brief stop for lunch

Hazelhurst Aqueduct

We had previously decided to go up the Caldon canal. It was over 15 years ago that we last did it and, as we are now moving the boat south, it’s unlikely that we’ll be this way again. Unfortunately C&RT have closed the further end because of low water levels. At one point the Candon

Westport lake

Another 7:50 start. Much busier with boats today. The water levels were still down, but not enough to cause problems. We were booked to go through Harecastle tunnel at 14:00 tomorrow, but arrived early at 11:30 today. The keepers said that there were four boats coming through tne other way and we could go about

Above Pierpoint locks

A day of not enough water! We set off at 7:50 and were soon up through the 3 Middlewich locks, and on round to Kings lock. From there on the water levels were gradually dropping. Just after Wheelock it was down over a foot. We had thought of stopping for the night, but we were


We are moving the boat from Oakwood marina to Droitwich. We have loved it at Oakwood, but the travelling up and down the M5/M6 has got too much. Yesterday we drove up to Droitwich marina and spent the night on The Bath Tub, thanks to Simon & Karen. This morning we got an Uber to


Simon had arranged with Thorne Marine for a pumpout and diesel top up. So they set off early and we followed about 30 minutes later. The thinking was that they would be finished by the time we got there. But they hadn’t even started. Thorne wanted to get their day boats ready first. So we

Bollington Aqueduct

Yesterday we drove up to the marina, the journey was delayed by an accident on the M5 near the M6 junction. It took a bit longer than usual to unload as we have brought quite a lot of stuff. We are going up the Leeds and Liverpool to Skipton where we’ll meet up with Andrew


Just a quick trip, only couple of nights just to check all is ok after the lockdown. Yesterday we arrived at the marina an chugged slowly up to Anderton. The canal is blocked north of here with a landslip. CRT guys and contractors are working on it. Hopefully it will be fixed it time for