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I've just booked passage through the Liverpool Link to moor at the Salthouse Dock for 7 days this summer. Whilst there is it possible to do a short sightseeing trip through to Brunswick Dock and back or does the boat have to remain static at its mooring until the day of departure?

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You can go all the way up to the lock at the far end, but you need to ring the harbour master first for permission.

It's because they do all sorts of watersports in the docks, and squashing swimmers is a bad thing.

I'd strongly recommend doing the trip up to the pub at the marina at least once :)

 

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11 minutes ago, TheBiscuits said:

You can go all the way up to the lock at the far end, but you need to ring the harbour master first for permission.

It's because they do all sorts of watersports in the docks, and squashing swimmers is a bad thing.

I'd strongly recommend doing the trip up to the pub at the marina at least once :)

 

Thanks for that, I know the docks fairly well but couldn't see anything in the CRT literature about moving further through the system.

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You might of course need to visit the marina for a pumpout/elsan/fuel or whatever and this involves a rather nice trip through the docks. Normal practice appears to be to phone the marina first to confirm that the service berth is unoccupied, but not to phone the harbourmaster.

.............Dave

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2 hours ago, TheBiscuits said:

You can go all the way up to the lock at the far end, but you need to ring the harbour master first for permission.

It's because they do all sorts of watersports in the docks, and squashing swimmers is a bad thing.

I'd strongly recommend doing the trip up to the pub at the marina at least once :)

 

We took a winter mooring in Salthouse 5 years ago. We rang the Harbour Master when we wanted to visit the Marina to use the Elsan and got an answering machine. He never phoned back so we went anyway. We emptied our cassettes every week and never bothered to ask after that. 

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22 minutes ago, pearley said:

We took a winter mooring in Salthouse 5 years ago. We rang the Harbour Master when we wanted to visit the Marina to use the Elsan and got an answering machine. He never phoned back so we went anyway. We emptied our cassettes every week and never bothered to ask after that. 

Anyone swimming in Liverpool docks in January deserves running over!

(I confess we only rang the once but went a few times ...)

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5 hours ago, TheBiscuits said:

You can go all the way up to the lock at the far end, but you need to ring the harbour master first for permission.

 

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3 hours ago, pearley said:

 We rang the Harbour Master when we wanted to visit the Marina to use the Elsan and got an answering machine. He never phoned back so we went anyway.

Probably also this. 

 

Daniel

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12 hours ago, DaveR said:

Use of the Elsan, last year, was quoted by the Marina at £10.

 

Boaters do it ashore.

DaveR

We are booked in for the Liverpool Link at the  beginning of August.

Can you clarify. Is there a free elsan point in the docks?

 

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46 minutes ago, Pie Eater said:

DaveR

We are booked in for the Liverpool Link at the  beginning of August.

Can you clarify. Is there a free elsan point in the docks?

 

No, there isn't. There is a toilet block in Albert Dock if you want to carry your cassette that far. There isn't actually an Elsan at the marina. Rather there is a manhole cover in the roadway leading to the cafe rear entrance with a bit of rope through it. Pull it up and empty your cassette. The only tap to flush your cassette is 6 foot below beside the pump out machine on the service pontoon. 

However, there is a CRT services at Litherland on your way to Stanley Locks so empty everything there. And fill up from the large Tesco alongside.  

We spent 5 months there over the winter of 2014/15. I spoke to the marina before hand about the Elsan and made our number with them once we arrived. They took us out and showed us the manhole and confirmed we wouldn't have to pay. There is a very helpful chandlery on a barge at the marina and another boater that repairs canvas covers. 

If you have time then a trip up St George's Tower. Go round the old Town Hall. Down the Williamson Tunnels. Go round the original Thomas Steers Dock, under the Hilton Hotel. And a visit to New Brighton. 

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26 minutes ago, pearley said:

There is a toilet block in Albert Dock if you want to carry your cassette that far.

There is a very helpful chandlery on a barge at the marina and another boater that repairs canvas covers. 

There are showers in the toilet corridor - unmarked door by the fire exit, need CRT key for access.  You can get in via the fire door if the steel gates are shut in the Albert Dock.

The chandlery boat chap told us he was moving to the boatyard across the road from the boat hoist.

All the other advice is spot on, but I would add that you should do the Mersey Ferry round trip & the U-Boat Experience.

You might also consider the Manchester Ship Canal boat trip on the ferry if they are sailing while you are there (boat to Salford, coach back to the Albert Dock).

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1 hour ago, pearley said:

No, there isn't. There is a toilet block in Albert Dock if you want to carry your cassette that far. There isn't actually an Elsan at the marina. Rather there is a manhole cover in the roadway leading to the cafe rear entrance with a bit of rope through it. Pull it up and empty your cassette. The only tap to flush your cassette is 6 foot below beside the pump out machine on the service pontoon. 

However, there is a CRT services at Litherland on your way to Stanley Locks so empty everything there. And fill up from the large Tesco alongside.  

We spent 5 months there over the winter of 2014/15. I spoke to the marina before hand about the Elsan and made our number with them once we arrived. They took us out and showed us the manhole and confirmed we wouldn't have to pay. There is a very helpful chandlery on a barge at the marina and another boater that repairs canvas covers. 

If you have time then a trip up St George's Tower. Go round the old Town Hall. Down the Williamson Tunnels. Go round the original Thomas Steers Dock, under the Hilton Hotel. And a visit to New Brighton. 

There is just tons of stuff to do in Liverpool, we have been every year for the last 6 years, just booked it again, and we stay for 12 nights even though we now have to pay CaRT £20 per night after the first 7.

Get the train to Hamilton Square and then walk along the front to New Brighton via some of the old docks, or get the train to New Brighton then walk  along the sea front to Meols and get the train back. Tour of original dock is good, and also tour of the old pilot boat (Edmund Gardner) if its open. Museums are really good. There might even be a tram running from Hamilton square. Many many superb pubs.

..........Dave

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Things to do in Liverpool ...... lets see

Walker Art Gallery

Port Sunlight (get the train from James Street )

World Museum book tickets and go and see the Terrocota Army ..fantastic went last week !

Antony Gormley "Another Place" ..get the train from Central to Waterloo and walk down to the seafront

No end of Beetles things

2 very different but amazing Cathedrals

I am sure I will think of other things !

Tizzie

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48 minutes ago, rgreg said:

Catch the train to Ellesmere Port and visit the Boat Museum.

Surely take the boat to the museum, but on another trip maybe as its quite a long way by boat from Liverpool, unless you are brave.

Dave

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13 hours ago, dmr said:

 

Surely take the boat to the museum, but on another trip maybe as its quite a long way by boat from Liverpool, unless you are brave.

Dave

Yes the trip by boat to the museum via Chester is great, but if you're based in Liverpool it is also a great day out by train. 

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I'm going on the Liverpool link in September. Any advice on safe/unsafe moorings between Wigan & Liverpool appreciated. Are there any decent pubs with moorings on route ?

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Best not to moor in Wigan though increasingly people do so maybe its getting better.

 

Just beyond Wigan is Crooke Hall, now if its a sunny afternoon this can look a bit like a family pub with a garden full of kids, but its not, this is a real proper boozer with lots of real ales from the local brewery. At Gathurst there is a little pub in the train station, ten mins walk from the lock. No real ales and too much TV but still worth a look, nice building.  Parbold has the Railway, ten mins walk from the cabal and near the...,.railway!!!!   proper basic locals pub, always busy, friendly.

 

Slipway closed and now re-opened, have not been in under the new ownership but looks promising. Ship at Haskyne used to be good but is now a pile it high, serve it quick eatery (which is good if you like that sort of thing). Ten mins walk up the road is another proper locals pub with a lot of dark wood. After that its good to rest your liver for a night in preparation for Liverpool. Baltic Fleet and ye Crack are our favourites but there are hundreds to choose from.

 

...............Dave

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1 hour ago, dmr said:

Best not to moor in Wigan though increasingly people do so maybe its getting better.

 

Just beyond Wigan is Crooke Hall, now if its a sunny afternoon this can look a bit like a family pub with a garden full of kids, but its not, this is a real proper boozer with lots of real ales from the local brewery. At Gathurst there is a little pub in the train station, ten mins walk from the lock. No real ales and too much TV but still worth a look, nice building.  Parbold has the Railway, ten mins walk from the cabal and near the...,.railway!!!!   proper basic locals pub, always busy, friendly.

 

Slipway closed and now re-opened, have not been in under the new ownership but looks promising. Ship at Haskyne used to be good but is now a pile it high, serve it quick eatery (which is good if you like that sort of thing). Ten mins walk up the road is another proper locals pub with a lot of dark wood. After that its good to rest your liver for a night in preparation for Liverpool. Baltic Fleet and ye Crack are our favourites but there are hundreds to choose from.

 

...............Dave

Thanks for that, most useful.

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It's worth a call in the Heatons Bridge Inn, just before Scarisbrick Marina. An un-modernised old inn with real ales and good food Wed to Sunday.  Has offside visitor moorings and towpath side is safe.

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11 minutes ago, Sapphal said:

It's worth a call in the Heatons Bridge Inn, just before Scarisbrick Marina. An un-modernised old inn with real ales and good food Wed to Sunday.  Has offside visitor moorings and towpath side is safe.

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14 minutes ago, Sapphal said:

It's worth a call in the Heatons Bridge Inn, just before Scarisbrick Marina. An un-modernised old inn with real ales and good food Wed to Sunday.  Has offside visitor moorings and towpath side is safe.

Last time I was in there one of the locals was loudly describing the gasping gurgling sounds that people make when he punches them in the throat so that rather put me off, sad 'cus it is a nice proper pub.

 

Last "safe" place to stop before the final run into Liverpool is Melling, just before the little swing bridge.  There is a pub there (Bootle Arms?), ten mins walk away, but they don't take dogs so that's the liver resting night. Usually very good sunsets and Liverpool docks visible in the distance. This is the usual last night stop for most boats heading into Liverpool.

 

.................Dave

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