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Simon Pooley

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  1. We're back from our 10 days on the Shropshire Union. Here's us going up Tyrley in 4mins:
  2. Several times over the past few weeks I've thought "this is good weather to be on a boat". We're used to hiring in late Apr/early May so are well used to the vagaries of UK weather - with the stove and good coats I'm sure we'll have a fine time, Thanks for the confirmation that the boatyard are amenable to early departures. We've got a rendezvous for shopping beforehand, lunch at the pub, and no specific target for Saturday night so we'll probably proceed in a relaxed manner. Our plan is to head for Ellesmere Port, then back to Autherley. If we're making good time, then the Middlewich branch will probably get visited, or maybe we'll nip up the Wolverhampton locks and call in at the Black Country Museum. Simon.
  3. We've booked /Meadow Dew/ from Norbury https://www.facebook.com/norburywharfltd/posts/4868434433209525 Looks like being a smart new boat, and the stove well be useful if the weather continues to be much the same as this week! Did you go North or South from Norbury? Simon.
  4. Oops! I meant, of course, delayed from 2020. Although there is some relevance to the timescale in that we haven't been up to Chester and beyond since 1996. Simon.
  5. It's good to hear that Audlem is open again...we're hiring from Norbury Wharf next weekend with the intention of getting to Ellesmere Port. (This is our somewhat delayed spring 2000 trip!) Simon.
  6. Thank you for posting that link to an excellent film. I lived in Kidsgrove, just the other side of the Harecastle Tunnel, in the early 1980's and the Black Lion was a favourite Sunday lunchtime destination. We used to walk there from Cheddleton, either along the canal or the railway. Simon.
  7. A bit of playing with OpenCanalMap here https://explore.opencanalmap.uk/#16.2/52.57582/-2.146558 shows the Bruford Arms to be about equi-distant from Compton Lock Br on the Staffs & Worcester, and Wolverhampton Top Lock on the BCN. Switching to Google maps for walking directions: 1.6 miles from Wolverhampton station: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/52.5884686,-2.122602/Bruford+Arms,+119+Bruford+Rd,+Wolverhampton+WV3+0AY/@52.5812938,-2.1470747,14z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m9!4m8!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x48709b0b5a2c2571:0xf3f2dcc1c408aed9!2m2!1d-2.1454964!2d52.5746095!3e2 1.8 miles from Compton Bridge: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/52.5867174,-2.173811/Bruford+Arms,+119+Bruford+Rd,+Wolverhampton+WV3+0AY/@52.5746065,-2.1779472,14z/data=!4m9!4m8!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x48709b0b5a2c2571:0xf3f2dcc1c408aed9!2m2!1d-2.1454964!2d52.5746095!3e2
  8. The external scenes show Sheila and Giles walking towards the Bruford Arms, which looks like this place: https://www.facebook.com/mrbrufordarms/ 119 Bruford Rd, Wolverhampton WV3 0AY Certainly looks to be worth a visit if I pass that way. Simon
  9. We hired <Broad Oak> from Pintail boats in 2013 for a week on the Lancaster. We went down the Glasson branch and spent a - very wet! - afternoon and overnight stay in Glasson Dock. Their website http://www.pintailboats.co.uk/ suggests that a trip down the locks is certainly permitted: "At this point in your journey, you have the option to leave the Lancaster Canal and follow the Glasson Branch to the west, via locks." (I'm not sure why they say Broad Oak is "New for the 2019 Season" - it looks the same as when we had it 7 years ago. Maybe it's been redecorated.)
  10. I visited my local on Saturday, The Somerset Arms at Semington https://www.facebook.com/thesomersetarmssemington/ 300m South of Semington Road Bridge No 160 on the Kennet and Avon: https://canalplan.org.uk/place/pqen Visitors (no need to book in advance) are met at a lectern inside the main entrance and name/number taken. There's a one-way route around the bar/toilets to a large area at the rear, taking over the car park. There's a marquee at the back of the car park too, but I didn't look in there. We sat at our usual outdoor table out at the front of the pub...well spaced from other customers. Plenty of customers on a slightly murky Jul evening, but the tables are well-spaced and people were not getting in each other's way. I'll be going again.
  11. Very interesting to see that catalogue - thank you for scannng & posting. We had Windsor Castle from Peak Forest Cruisers at Macclesfield for a week in 1986 for a spin round the Cheshire Ring. I think that was the occasion when the original, smaller, boat we'd hired for the three of us broke down with an unknown engine fault just as we were leaving the yard. Rather than delay us for a repair, the boatyard transferred us to the - rather larger - Windsor Castle for our week. Over the years, we've also hired from several of the other boatyards mentioned: Swan Line, Shire, L&L, Andersen, Severn Valley...
  12. Thanks, Farey, for posting those aerial pics. It looks like the glamping has really increased this year. (I'll be in my nice canvas tent, as usual. Casting a envious eye at the narrow boats moored on the way into the village.)
  13. We came South through the "Wolverley Slippage" on a hireboat (Horned Lark from Alvechurch) a couple of weeks ago. No problem at all for us...just a narrow, shallow few meters of canal to pass slowly. This was midday-ish on a Sunday and no sign of any CRT folk in attendance.
  14. A friend has a Bukh in his 28' motor-sailer yacht. He couldn't find an alternative thermostat and had to bite the bullet for the official part, partly justified by the excellent advice from the experienced Bukh dealer in Poole. Sadly that dealership closed a couple of years on retirement of the engineer. If I remember our experiments correctly, running the engine without the thermostat was ok as cooling water still circulated through the engine block ... the DV10 is certainly sufficiently rugged to run for a few minutes to test that out! Simon.
  15. For maps, go to http://www.fairportconvention.com/ and follow the signpost to "The Festival", then "Festival Information" and finally "Festival Maps". If you're moored to the South, go up to the canal bridge connecting the Fields 7 to Field 1 (Cropredy Mill Bridge 154). Then leave the towpath (there's an open door in the wall just North of the bridge) and follow everyone across the bottom of field 1. The bottom corner of Field 2 is then the entrance to the main arena field, but first you'll have to go a bit further along to a marquee where you'll exchange your paper ticket for a wristband. If you're approaching by road, on your bike, perhaps, then come along the Williamscot road to the junction between Fields 9 and 11 (you won't miss it, everyone else will be going there!). I've usually seen half-a-dozen bikes chained to the fences out of the way at the top of field 9. (The towpath South of Cropredy Mill Bridge is not really suitable for cycling).
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