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  1. No one's mentioned bananas yet!! Never let them on your boat - mind you for me it's the devil's vegetable that is banned from our boat! Sweet corn!!!!
  2. If you are in the area and like your real ales another Everard's pub that comes highly recommended is The Seven Stars in Rugby. It normally has up to 12 real ales on and a couple of real ciders - Oakham JHB and either Tiger or Old Original are usually available together with a number of regional real ales. It has won Rugby CAMRA pub of the year for the last few years. It doesn't do hot food except on Wednesday evenings which is Pie and a Pint night, but if you are lucky you may be able to get one the landlord's excellent home made scotch eggs. They go pretty quickly! It's just over a mile's walk from the Brownsover Road moorings via the Tesco's Car Park and the footpath over the railway.
  3. I'd thoroughly recommend a trip to Market Harborough and back., however with a crew of 6 you may find this a bit light on locks... If you wanted to do this route I'd aim for something like: Day 1 - part day an hour or so to The Admiral Nelson at the third lock (moor up between the 2nd and 3rd lock) - You might want to do this stop on the way back depending on timings. Day 2 - Crick - remaining 4 locks in Braunston flight, tunnel then turn left at Norton and up Watford flight (7 locks including 4 in staircase) and through Crick Tunnel - Good food at the Wheatsheaf and Red Lion or pop into the Crick Club and meet a few locals. Day 3 - Market Harborough - Husbands Bosworth tunnel and Foxton staircase (10 locks in 2 fives and visit the Boilerhouse Museum if open) Harborough is a lovely market town a short walk from the wharf - if you like real ale visit the Beerhouse tap rooms. (check times for Foxton staircase!) Day 4 - Welford Wharf - return through Foxton and turn left at Welford Junction a lovely rural bit of canal with 1 small lock The Wharf pub is good and take a walk around the feeder reservoir/s Day 5 - Back to Norton Junction visit the White Horse in Welton - moor up near Welton Hythe marina and walk across the fields. It's a lovely country pub but a bit of a walk from the canal. Day 6 - Turn left at Norton Junction and descend the Buckby flight (7) then past Gayton Junction and through Blisworth tunnel. Overnight near Stoke Bruerne top lock then reverse back and wind before the tunnel. Good pubs - Boat and Navigation (we prefer the Boat) also excellent Indian Restaurant by the top lock. Day 7 - Back to Braunston ready for boat return in the morning (see day 1) Whatever you decide I hope this helps!
  4. Good to meet you! We started from the Tardebigge visitor mooring at 7am and cleared the bottom lock at 10.40am. You were the only boat we met! ⛴?
  5. We've done this route a number of times. We normally stop by the Stourbridge Arm before heading off up Stourbridge and Black Delph flights. There are a lot of locks but it only takes about 5 hours to Merry Hill and there are good moorings on the embankment overlooking the shopping centre. From there it's an easy cruise to Gas Street. If you actually moor alongside Gas Street it can be very noisy (particularly at weekends) and you get the occasional idiots trying to untie your moorings or climb on the boat. There are quieter moorings by the Sea Life centre or if you are concerned about security you can contact Sherborne Wharf who normally have a couple of secure visitor moorings available for a fee. From there it's an easy run round to the North Stratford. We don't tend to start looking for moorings until we get through Brandwood tunnel. In the past we've moored opposite Lyon's boatyard, The Drawbridge Shirley, The Blue Bell Warings Green, The Wharf Hockley Heath (we're here at the moment!), Lapworth Cricket Club, The Boot Lapworth, Kingswood Junction between the locks and the GU, Tom 'o' the Wood Turners Green, or Shrewley. Take your pick depending on how much you want to do each day! If you are looking to move in the next few days avoid getting too close to the top of Hatton flight as its a Horsefly paradise at the moment!
  6. I agree with Athy too!! The moorings above Cropredy lock are usually occupied about a week in advance - however if there is room to double moor you can always ask. We have been going to Cropredy by boat for a number of years and have always allowed "latecomers" to breast up if there's space and most of the regular festival boaters are the same - unfortunately we're not going this year! The stretch between Cropredy bridge and the festival site entrance is occupied by long-term moorers and traders, however if you continue on past the festival site there are usually some moorings between Keens bridge and Slat Mill bridge. You'll have a half mile to mile walk to the site depending on where you get in! Shopping wise the best options are Morrisons or Tesco in Banbury or Tesco at Brownsover, Rugby. However we tend to buy from the food stalls at the festival, which saves having to cart to much stuff backwards and forwards. I would thoroughly recommend Leon's which does excellent vegetarian food!
  7. There's an excellent butchers 10 minutes walk away on the right as you head into Coven (closed Mondays).
  8. Here's some views of Welford feeder reservoir from August 2017 and February 2018.
  9. When the cutting was originally made, I think the spaces were 70ft ish but now they are quite overgrown in places and so the usable space is less and some of the rocks jutting out are not easily visible. At times I've found I have to stop and then push the boat into the space sideways and push the boat out again when the other boat has passed! The other issue is that whilst you're hidden in the passing place another boat enters the narrows and so you have to wait for that one as well!!!
  10. I always seem to have an issue at Coven. If you are heading south you can't really see anything coming the other way until you are well into the narrow stretch. Yes, there are a few passing places but it always seems to be a bit of a squeeze!
  11. I've never had any problems at Watford. The reason for holding boats at the bottom in the last year or so is because they have had problems with severe leaking through the bottom lock. They prefer to keep the bottom lock empty for as long as possible, so hold the boats below the bottom lock, then as the boats coming down clear the staircase start to bring the boats up through the first 2 locks bearing in mind that there is only room for one boat to moor in each pound below the staircase. The bottom lock is due to be repaired in March as part of the winter stoppage programme and I understand they are hoping to tidy up the other locks whilst they are at it.
  12. I know it's a bit late now but Warren operates pumpout boat (he refers to it in slightly less polite terms!) Picot. He's based near Apsley but travels up and down the Southern GU. Mobile 07779 114956
  13. Does anyone know what is happening here? We went by this Friday and Saturday. I know its a bank holiday but we didn't see one person on site. The Main facilities building does not seem much further on than the last photos posted to their website in May 2017. It is now 3 years since work first started. This is in complete contrast to Dunchurch Pools where the entrance basin opened in July and is now home to several boats on the temporary moorings. When we were there a few weeks ago the place was a hive of activity from first thing in the morning!
  14. We've had a takeaway from The India Garden last month - still very good!
  15. If you are heading onto the T & M there is a canalside Tesco by the visitor moorings in Rugeley. Also a Morrisons on the town side
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