Day 20

Well, still in Manchester. Went for a short walk last night and found Piccadilly, and Picadilly Gardens sadly all fenced off I think in preparation for some festival. If you’ve been following this you’ll see I had electrical problems back in March (Cambs, not 3 months ago!) The charging is sorted OK but the leisure … Read more »

Day 19

Short cruise from the bottom Ashton lock to the junction with the Rochdale Canal. Just before the junction there’s a bit of a basin on a sharp bend followed by a bridge under a Morrison’s store. So I stopped for some shopping. Round the next bend to lock 84, Dale Street. Which is closed. As … Read more »

Day 18½

Dodgy internet connection last night so posting this on the morning of day 19, but we’ll come to that. Day 18 was spent doing the Ashton canal which consists almost entirely of locks, so: Lock 18 (Fairfield top lock) Made use of the Elsan point then set off through the lock. There were a couple … Read more »

Day 17

I reckoned about 4 hours to Marple Locks so I got organised and set off at 07.00. I paused at Addlington Basin for fuel and water and arrived at about 11.30. One of the reasons I love the old narrow canals so much is the industrial architcture, some of it going back to the early … Read more »

Day 15

Last night I thought I’d done seen of the eight locks at Stone, but this morning their were still two left. Then one at Barlaston and four at Stoke, though lost count and thought I’d done five. Most of them I met someone coming down either just leaving the lock, or waiting to enter when … Read more »

Day 14

Two weeks done. The first weeks was hard, breakdowns don’t help and the whole experience of doing everything oneself takes a while to get used to but I’m acclimatised now. That said, this morning was slow. I called in at Anglo Welsh to empty the loo and buy a spare windlass, then just past the … Read more »

Day 12

I spent last night somewhere in/near Nuneaton a few miles south of Springwood Haven Marina, they have all the usual services and also have a specialist electrical company, Onboard Energy on site. I thought I’d get some diesel and some advice. I didn’t get either, they don’t open Sat or Sun. So onwards to Atherstone … Read more »

Day 10

Published on Day 11 as no internet last night. Sometimes this trip seems like a low-budget disaster movie. Today’s disaster, discovered last night is that the kettle has sprung a leak. Fortunately just before Wilton Locks is Wilton Marina so I pulled in there to empty the loo, fill the water tank and – buy … Read more »

Day 7

Tough day today. Had to stop so many times to clear weed I think maybe I should carry a compost bin, by the time I get back I’d have a decent amount for Linda’s allotment. Once I got to Wellingborough I went shopping, some food (Tescos) some rope, superglue and a big plumbing nut to … Read more »

Day 3

The thing with old boats is there’s never a dull moment, always something to fix. After Gerald had gone last night I had a brainwave. Started the engine and put a shunt across the charging relay. The leisure battery was getting a charge and showing !2V on the monitoring volt meter in the cabin. So … Read more »