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  1. Thank you very much for all your replies. We were going to go up from our end, overnight at Rodley then come back down. We'll probably wait until we have a bit more time so we can go up and keep on going. My good lady is still getting the hang of steering so until then, she would have to do all of the donkey work. Once she's happy steering it into locks, we can swap over or I'll do most of them. Always fancied the L&L as a trip
  2. thanks for the info. We're pushing up that way soon and until the dog gets used to the whole idea of someone getting off to work the locks, she'll make a racket. Electric would have been quicker. Not to worry. She'll settle
  3. This may sound a daft question but are the locks on the Leeds and Liverpool electric? At least up to Rodley. We're on the A&C and are obviously spoiled.
  4. I've got to get my new (to me anyway) boat home to Leeds from Cheshire as soon as lockdown eases. After dallying over the route home for a while, I finally plumped for a route and it goes right through there. Typical. The "third party" bit does indeed suggest a long process. If anymore goes down, a couple of houses could end up in the cut so maybe things will have some sense of urgency.
  5. Points noted about the Aire in flood and in particular the bit about the pointy end. We were down at Lemonroyd the other day and the canal was fine but the Aire was certainly licking along at a fair rate.
  6. What a fantastic source of knowledge other, more experienced, boaters are. Thanks to all of you. I think it will be the L&L, S.Pennine ring later in the year and keep the Trent in mind for when we fancy heading off down south. I'll get t'internet sorted so I can work "from home" and we can take as long as we want. Hopefully get a report on the trip posted at some point
  7. many thanks. The appropriate Nicholsons and Pearsons will get some serious page thumbing later
  8. thanks for that about the lower Trent. I did wonder if rain might be an issue in March. Quite fancy doing the Trent at some point but I might talk to other boaters at the marina about it. Sounds like the two middle routes may be an issue for the reasons you mention so my preference order seems to be inverted now. 1. L&L 2. Trent the other two equal bottom?
  9. Many thanks for that advice. We were thinking of the L&L as our first cruise but I guess there's no reason why it can't be our route back with the boat. There's no avoiding heavy locking somewhere as the Pennines is a hefty lump. My thoughts on the T&M and the Trent was that more miles but less locks would be a bit more mellow. The boat is in Aqueduct Marina on the Midd branch of the SU. I have been on Canalplan and I have to say it's excellent, particularly the pdf facility. Thanks for those figures. We were going to allow two weeks but would hope to be a bit quicker than that. We were also thinking of perhaps two legs but that would mean finding a temporary mooring halfway with the risk that Covid restrictions may change while it's there. I will rethink the L&L. Thanks again
  10. Good afternoon all This is my first post. We have recently taken the plunge and bought a 54' narrowboat. Don't want to tempt fate by posting the name on my profile as it is subject to survey but I'm optimistic enough to have been planning how to get in from Cheshire to what will be her new home mooring at Lemonroyd on the A&C. All dependent upon any further Covid restrictions of course. It will be March/April before I move it due to the mooring not being available till then. Setting aside the L&L, I see three options open to us. Rochdale, Hudds Narrow or down the T&M and the Trent to Keadby. The first two look fairly similar in terms of locking up and then down but the Hudds Narrow looks a bit nicer and seems to avoid more of the urban sprawl of Greater Manchester. We have hired a few boats and done some of the Llangollen as well as the Black Country Ring. Enough locks on that one to make us feel we are ok with how things work and I'm pretty confident. What I haven't been on is a river so I'm wondering if going via Nottingham will leave me on tricky stretches of the lower Trent. I understand that turning left into Keadby can be a bit of a challenge. Not sure if what I have read has over egged it or not. We are in our early 60s and it will just us and the dog. There is a possibility that we may be able to get an extra hand for part of the trip provided public transport is ok. ie no probs getting a train from Leeds to Manchester Piccadilly. Any thoughts on my options would be most welcome, whether they be grim warnings or bags of encouragement. regards
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