Monthly Archives: July 2013

Back on board

We set sail again this morning after a lovely week seeing friends and family around the UK. Today’s leg is from Rodley to Leeds, can’t wait!

Posted in Cruising log, Off boat, Routes

Guest post: Nick W & Katie P

A couple of weeks back, Nick and Katie visited .  As well as putting in some back-breaking hours on the Wigan locks and joining us for some jolly good food and drink, Katie took some smashing photos.  Here they are.

Posted in Cruising log, Flora and fauna, Guest Posts


I do like a moving bridge. The canal system has many and they are interesting and varied. Some go up like a drawbridge. Others rotate on a turntable. Some are enormous and only need to be swung for boats with

Posted in Cruising log

Weed hatch action hero

Posted in Boat Handling, Silliness

Wonder #4 – Burnley Embankment

I have a feeling that the man who masterminded the creation of the seven wonders of the waterways, Robert Aickman, may have been having us all on a bit. For how else can he go from the majesty and triumphant

Posted in Visitors, Wonders of the waterways

Famous cows

We’ve just been through the Foulridge Tunnel. It’s nearly a mile long, pretty straight and as dark and spooky as many other tunnels we’ve encountered so far. Apparently, in 1912, a cow named Buttercup fell in at one end, swam

Posted in Cruising log, History and traditions

Boat cuisine – Barrowford top lock

Brunch after an energetic morning going up Barrowford locks. We are now at the summit pound of the Leeds & Liverpool canal, 487 feet above sea level, with Pendle Hill on the horizon… Quite glorious.

Posted in Boat Cuisine

Morning in the Pennines

Posted in Cruising log

A rant

To that man and any others In those age-old British words, I have a “polite notice” for you. Please note it is not polite to treat my sex with such contempt. Please note that, despite my fury, I managed to

Posted in Cruising log, Life Aboard

Blue skies

Posted in Cruising log, Silliness

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