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Pete of Ebor

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  1. Pete of Ebor

    Issues around Leeds ?

    We did look at the one way trips but they were already booked up. Shire don't do Sowerby Bridge to Burnley any more. That was out second trip way back in 1993. As for this year, we've decided to give Leeds a miss so we can spend more time in Keighley, but as the KWVR is not running, we might have to console ourselves in The Boltmakers instead.
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    Banbury Bikes

    We regularly see pictures of drained canals with this sort of rubbish. Does anyone (eg C&RT and/or local canal vollies) ever actually use the obvious opportunity to actually get it out and dispose of it, or does it get left there 'cos it hasn't ben a problem.. yet ?
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    Issues around Leeds ?

    Looking to plan next year's trip, and we've settled on hiring form Shire Cruisers and running down towards Leeds from Barnoldswick and back. Shire seem to suggest winding near Rodley but we really want to go all the way down to Leeds. It would probably be a Monday afternoon run down to Leeds from Rodley and Tuesday morning back. Are there any issues with an aftenoon/ early evening run into Leeds ? I recall some years back that advice was to make that passage in the morning to avoid issues. What's that area like now ?
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    Hire boater basic training

    Hirecos do vary. One (...it may have been Silsden Boats... I can't recall exactly as it was many years ago...) had a fully working cutaway model of a lock. Glass sides and filled with water (..and the gates didn't leak..) It showed exactly how a lock works, but did it prepare a complete novice crew for a real lock ? Not so sure. Andersen (Middlewich) insisted on accompanying us on the boat through the first lock even though that was our 11th trip.. overkill maybe.. Our first trip in 1992 was from Tardebigge (Dartline at the time) and we were heading to Birmingham so no locks to show us - unless they were gonna to force us to turn round and go down then up the flight ! It is a difficult one, but as a previous poster said, these folks are on holiday, probably excited and just itching to get away. How much can you teach them, but more to the point, how much will they actually take in.
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    Weed Hatch Luck Dip

    OK. This was late May on The Ryder's Green Flight. Doesn't look much yet because I hadn't yet managed to free the coat or the toaster off the barbed wire that was still round the prop... Admittedly the trolley did not come up through the weedhatch but was 'rescued' in the same pound.
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    What's the strangest thing you've seen around the cut?

    Is this C&RTs latest idea to combat plastic waste in the cut.. a plastic-eating giraffe ???
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    Pubs on The Curly-Wurly..

    I have to admit that I didn't quite understand this comment, not until we got there ! I do agree now that The Manor Arms is not to be missed ! To follow the rest of the trip, follow this link
  8. Hello again, does anyone have any up to date info on any of the following pubs... Pelsall : - The Fingerpost - Old House at Home - Railway Inn Rushall : - Boathouse - Four Crosses Ryders Green / Swan Village - Sow & Pigs
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    Winding at the top of Walsall flight

    We're aiming to go to Walsall for a lunchtime stop. I'm debating whether it's worth taking the boat down the 8 then back up again after lunch, or leaving it at the top and walking down. Leaving it at the junction is further to walk. Suppose we could try to wind, and if we can't then it's down and up again.
  10. Hi. Does anyone know whether you can wind a 70' boat at the top of the Walsall flight ? My old Nicholsons shows a winding hole just above the top lock, but checking on Google Earth does not seem to show that much space.
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    Pubs on The Curly-Wurly..

    I'm planning our May trip, and were looking to do The Curly Wurly (Wyrely & Essington) from Wolverhampton > Walsall > Anglesey Basin > Daw End > Rushall > Ryder's Green. Can anyone recommend any pubs to go to (..or avoid..) Equally, any places we ought to avoid mooring. Not sure how many pubs in my 20 year old copy of Nicholson will still even be there...
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    Liverpool Link - Self Operation

    So there is still to be an embargo on movements in and out of the link on Tuesdays ? That is a shame. We tried to get a hireboat to do The Link. The nearest we could find was Claymore at Preston Brook. Using Canalplan we worked out it could be done in a week. The only problem was that being a Fri-Fri hire it meant we would arrive in Liverpool on Mon, and have to leave on Tue to get back by Friday. Even with a Sat-Sat hire, we'd still have arrived in Liverpool on Tues and still not be able to access The Link. We ended up going to the top of the Huddersfield Narrow (Wool Rd) instead, but Liverpool os still on our 'to do list'...
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    Scary Moment in York

    There is about a mile of navigable River Foss in York but little space to moor. It is relatively flood proof (unless the Foss barrier fails like it did last year) The only problem is that once the Ouse starts to rise... which it can do very quicklly, the Foss Barrier is shut preventing boats accessing The Foss. Ideally, a flood lock and some mooring is required. That would mean boaters would have a safe bolthole between Selby & Linton.
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    Middlewich Branch breach - Shropshire Union

    ... or a good old-fashioned lengthsman .. sorry, lengthsperson.
  15. Pete of Ebor

    Tardebigge Times

    We did an ascent in 3hrs 6 mins. I remembered to take a photo at both the bottom and top locks - Bottom was taken at 15:04 and top was taken at 18:10. When we started up the flight, we could see no one ahead of us, but we did eventually catch someone up and had to follow them up the last 10 locks somewhat more slowly...

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