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Pete of Ebor

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  1. Hope you don't mean Potassium Hydroxide ! Certainly would clean all the flesh off your bones !
  2. As well as the tides below Naburn, I'd also be concerned with flooding, as you are going in winter. The Ouse is notoriously fickle in Winter. Bit of rain (or snow melt) up in the Dales and The Ouse can rise alarmingly quickly. You will need to be prepared in case of delay, and maybe work it into your schedule.
  3. Agree ! Whilst it might be nice to reopen the locks, unless Peel become more amenable to easily allowing boats on to the Ship Canal, there's not much point as there might be no reason to go down there in the first place... other than the usual 'because they're there' reason.
  4. If you look at the footage on The BBC of the spillway running prior to the failure, right at the beginning of the video you can clearly see plants growing on the spillway, and they don't appear be getting washed away.. which seems to suggest they had decent roots down into something...
  5. Was the The India Garden next door to The Bull's Head ? We had an excellent meal there in 2017... and a veritable skinfull of Titanic Plum Porter in The Bull's head..
  6. Not necessarily - some might, but not all. I'd rather have a cheap basic boat 'that does what it says on the tin' rather than an all-bells-and-whistles floating cottage. We've been hiring annually since 1992 and invariably used to ask that the TV be taken off the boat because we knew we would not use it and it would save it getting damaged or stolen. We've only ever used a boat shower twice since 1992 - both times because we had an unexpected total immersion incident, though we do use the shower cubicle for hanging wet coats in. We've had modern boats with wi-fi that never seemed to work properly and a boat with a macerator toilet which packed up and could not be fixed. Having 240V in every cabin is nice but not essential and we could manage without it, though I imagine it would be akin to the end of the world if some folks couldn't keep their phones charged 24/7... You can follow our trips at thebonaboaters below...
  7. For anyone who can still recall Kinver in the early 1990s, was that the then Wem Brewery pub ?
  8. We've stopped near Bishton's Bridge a couple of lunchtimes, but it's a good 20 min walk from there. Don't know what it's like for an evening though.
  9. I've often wondered about this too. This year we got caught in the restrictions on The Leeds & Liverpool. Locks 44 down to 30 were restricted to 10am-5pm with last entry to the flights at 4pm. As hirers, we weren't in the position of not taking the trip... well, at least not once we'd paid for the boat ! We have to work round the restrictions. I can't see how a queue of boats waiting to climb a set of locks is better than the same number of boats spread out. The only advantage I see (.. but only on a wide canal..) is it may force boats to share rather than turn up singly, and thus may reduce the overall number of lockages. I can't really see any advantage on a narrow canal.
  10. Yes, I realise that, and I agree that it's the people operating the paddles that should be keeping an eye on the boat. There's not much the steerer (..or anyone else on the boat..) can do once the boat is snagged.
  11. WE had a close shave on the L&L last week. I thought it was Dowley Gap bottom but it could have been Eshton Rd... I didn't see exactly which lock as I was inside cooking. We snagged on some brickwork and listed alarmingly. Well deck scuppers were underwater and the welldeck was filling, and only 1" short of coming in through the cabin door when the boat freed. Maybe C&RT need to investigate all these locks for sticky-out bits..
  12. What, no mention of The River Foss in York ? Guides say it's navigable up to Wormald's Cut (about 1/4 mile above Castle Mill Lock on The Ouse) but a pair of narrowboats made it up to Huntington Road (about 1 mile further) a few years ago.. Reported in the local press and on here...somewhere... but I can't seem to find it now. Incidentally, we (The Bona Boaters - linkything below) have been to quite a few of those places.
  13. We've done both sides, but not the tunnel.. On the west side particularly, we found 'random' mooring difficult as it can be quite shallow towards the edge in places. We stopped at Tesco in Stalybridge twice with no problems (except goose sh*t !) , Wool Rd Services, and Roaches Lock Visitor Mooring. On the way up, we decided to take the boat up past the VM and moor above the village, but couldn't get in anywhere, so we went on to Uppermill. Moored at Roache's Lock VM on the way down and walked up to the Tollmache Arms then back down to The Roache's Lock.
  14. Hi. Just in the throes of planning our May trip. We're hiring from Shire Cruisers at Barnoldswick and going down towards Leeds, but not all the way. Was hoping to wind near Moss Swingbridge 218 as advised by Shire Cruisers, however Canalplan says we cannot wind a 56' boat near Br. 218. Anyone have any local knowledge as to whether we can or can't wind there ? Admittedly, neither of my old copies of Nicholsons actually show a winding hole at or near Br. 218. Canalplan shows either Calverly WH 1 mile short or Aire Valley Marina 4 miles & 7 Locks each way... (from Shire Cruisers Website..) "Rodley 72 miles 62 locks 45 hours At Bingley, pass down the Five Rise, the first of several staircases � the most dramatic sort of lock. Soon you arrive in the World Heritage Site of Saltaire, Sir Titus Salt's Italianate mills and model town founded on the wool of the alpaca. See the streets named after his eleven children, and find his statue in the nearby park. There's also a splendid display of Hockneys - he is a Bradford lad. Turn after Bridge 218." Any ideas ? Pete.
  15. This year we're doing The Leeds/Liverpool from Barnoldswick > Apperley Bridge & back. We were originally going to go all the way down to Leeds, but decided that the extra half-day each way probably wasn't worth it just for an evening in Leeds. On the plus side, it gives us a more leisurely week, ie more time for pub-stops. So, apart from the towns like Skipton, Keighley, Bingley & Saltaire, can anyone recommend any good pubs which me might otherwise go straight past - or indeed any pubs the we should go straight past !
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