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Nick D

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  1. Ian helped us on the same section last year. His help and advice was very welcome. I’m a Volly on the Gargrave/Bank Newton flights on the L&L and have to say that neither the Vollies or the seasonal staff are precious about which locks we work. I will go wherever needed and will often stay with boats through both flights if that’s what they want. However as a boater I have experienced what happens at places like Atherstone where some Vollies don’t like to move away from certain locks and I do find it a bit strange when there are several folks in one spot. Each to their own, but please don’t tar us all with the same brush!
  2. Thanks. Are there any common pitfalls to look out for?
  3. My first one is due next year. Where’s the best place to find out what they are looking at and how best to prepare?
  4. I’d second both Westport Lake and Etruria Junction. Safe and relatively quiet.
  5. We are 58’ plus fenders and have been through the allegedly shortest lock on the system (Salterhebble) with a little squeeze to spare if this helps
  6. If it were me, I’d turn right at Wigan and go across the Penines and go to Leeds, then cross back either by the Rochdale, Huddersfield or Trent. Would be a fantastic cruise.
  7. Looks a nice tidy boat. Welcome to the world of boating!
  8. Our boat is 58’ plus button fenders. We have done L&L and shared majority of locks with a 60 footer with no problem. I believe the Calder & Hebble has the shortest locks on the system and we managed this too. The only squeeze was the Salterhebble lock but still ok.
  9. What a shame. The fist time we introduced our children to boating was on a boat hired from Claymore.
  10. Nick D

    Canal Route

    When do you need to be at Barlick?
  11. Ok, so why not put the facts as you see them?
  12. Would be interesting to know what the CRT response was to the OPs complaint.
  13. Personally, I think this should have been challenged at the time - politely by saying something like if you don’t mind, I’d prefer to open the paddle. If he subsequently refused or was rude then by all means complain. Unfortunately this smacks of people who have a poor experience at a restaurant, don’t say anything at the time but then go and give a poor review on Tripadvisor. (And no, I’m not a restrauteur or anything similar!). I just think that things like this are better dealt with at the time, get it sorted and move on. For me, life’s too short to complain about something that could have been sorted in an instant.
  14. Really interesting. Thanks for the link.
  15. Our narrowboat is 58’ and we have travelled the L&L several times and shared locks with boats up to 61’ with no trouble. I think a 60’ wide beam should be fine though may be a bit tight in some locks. I’m also a Volockie on the Bank Newton/Gargrave locks on the L&L and have noticed that a lot of wide beam owners moor at Reedley Marina (Burnley) where they tend to stay over the winter and then venture out in the warmer months either east or west. In that size boat you can go well past Leeds onto the Aire and Calder and beyond - Trent, Ouse etc. There’s plenty of options.
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