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  1. The dry dock in Hebden Bridge is owned by Calderdale Council. It has recently been closed with no notice, apparently in response to complaints about noise. There are very few other boat maintenance facilities on the Rochdale Canal. More info and petition here... https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/hebden-bridge-dry-dock-needs-to-stay-open?share=f8235a9e-1b7f-453f-93b2-c630936e6a95&source=&utm_source=
  2. One of the middle Barrowford locks is out of action. CRT are on site, looks like a blown cill. Suggest mooring at top or bottom of the flight for now as will remain closed today with more investigation tomorrow.
  3. At the weekend after Crick recently we easily got a spot on the 48hr moorings outside the basin in MH. Handy water points all along the towpath there, and shower / toilet / elsan round the other side of the basin. Also plenty of space on the basin pontoons with hook up for I think £8 per night. Leicester - recommended places were Castle Gardens before West Bridge or Friars Mill slightly further north. But with only 4 spots at each we couldn't get on either arriving at lunchtime, so carried on to Mountsorrel.
  4. Hi folks, Hoping someone familiar with Gloucester can advise... I'm planning to arrive in Gloucester from the Tewkesbury direction on either Sunday or Monday. For various reasons, and a wish to spend some time seeing Gloucester, I need to moor in the vicinity of the city centre for up to a week before moving on. Lots of info around and on here about the visitor moorings in the docks being 48hr, but is there anywhere else safe and close to the city available to moor for a few days longer? Not sure if the usual option of mooring at any suitable place on the towpath applie
  5. We did it in 2017, also from west to east. First night outside Tesco's in Stalybridge. Second night outside the museum in Upper mill. Seem to remember a good breakfast at Brownhill Countryside Centre cafe, near Wool Road services. Third night in Diggle then the tunnel the next morning. Also moored at Marsden, Slaithwaite and Huddersfield on the east side. A couple of low pounds on the way up the west side, but easily sorted with some careful paddle opening. Agree it's well worth the effort, we enjoyed it.
  6. The water tap shown on the online maps at lock 28 isn't working, so I think your next one on the way down is Tod. However, we did get a fill from some friendly locals there - if you moor on the tow path just before the lock landing above lock 28 I'm sure they'll help you out! Walsden is a good spot for a few days, to try the chip shop and explore the massive garden centre. But for a longer stay I'd want to be in Tod - more shops, pubs and a station with more trains. They've started letting water down so hopefully we'll be afloat here soon. Just seen they've closed it be
  7. Been following this topic with interest as we've moved from Tod up to Walsden and back down again over the last couple of weeks. Above Tod, some low pounds but generally ok (and we're quite deep drafted). Following the closure announcement yesterday we decided to try and get from Tod to Hebden today and sit out the closure there (both are good spots to be based, Hebden just more convenient for us). Plenty of water between locks 19 and 14, but from lock 14 on it has been tough going. With help from some day boaters on the ropes we got as far as lock 12, but no further. Currently gro
  8. Thank you all for the advice and suggestions. We got the boat last summer and there were no previous signs of staining, but I suspect it hadn't been used much in the winter. We'll check all the points suggested then decide the best way forward. BoatyCath
  9. Hi all, Looking for some advice on how to fix the damp patches that have appeared on the ceiling of our narrowboat over the last couple of months. See the attached pic - they're in several corners of the ceiling panels, mainly in the bedroom and a bit in the bathroom. Although the roof needs a coat of paint there are no obvious leaks. The boat has polystyrene insulation with heating on most days and plenty of ventilation. Any suggestions on what might be the cause, and how to fix without refitting the whole boat (not an option!) much appreciated. Many thanks, Boa
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