Saturday, 23 September 2017


Here I am Rune
Distance 6.3 miles
Total 2831 Locks  130 Tunnels
Running total mileage 4033.5 miles 

Today we got no-where near as far as I might have anticipated yesterday (Cooper Bridge cut) having only made it as far as about a mile short of the Dewsbury cut. It isn’t exactly a problem since we aren’t on a mission to get anywhere in any great hurry. The delay was caused by a rather badly leaking Broad Cut Low Lock which made opening the bottom gates to get into the lock a bit problematic. We solved the problem by setting up a sort of rope and tackle and pulled the gate open using one of the lock bollards but this is clearly a lock in need of some maintenance. The leaking lock had lowered the water level in the pound above it which must have been of some concern to a group of long term moorers in the pound.

I won’t make any predictions of how far we’ll get tomorrow since it will probably be wrong. A sort of minor plan would be to try to get to Sowerby Bridge by Monday otherwise we’ll have to contact CRT to book a passage through Tuel Lane lock later in the week, if we can get there by Monday there will be a lock-keeper on duty (allegedly).

Friday, 22 September 2017


Here I am Rune
Distance 2.2 miles
Total 2826 Locks  130 Tunnels
Running total mileage 4027.2 miles
Another short day’s travel today but the reason for this was to collect the weekend shopping in Wakefield. The original plan was to shop and then continue to Norbury but by the time we had done it was gone 3pm and it would be over a couple of hours to Norbury so the decision was to stay here and move on tomorrow morning.

I’m not sure yet where we will get to tomorrow, probably the most we can expect is to the junction with the Huddersfield Broad canal at Cooper Bridge but we will have to see what the day holds.

Stanley Ferry

Here I am Rune
Distance 6 miles
Total 2825 Locks  130 Tunnels
Running total mileage 4025.0 miles 

A shorter day’s travel than originally planned but this was caused by the realisation that we could replace our empty gas bottle at a nearby shop at probably the lowest price in the UK, only £18 to replace our 13kg bottle, a saving of about £9 on the regular price, had to be done! It delayed our start by about an hour though.

The days trip went well although rain did move in later as forecast so I got a couple of dampenings before we reached Stanley Ferry.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017


Here I am Rune
Distance 14.2 miles
Total 2821 Locks  130 Tunnels
Running total mileage 4019.0 miles 

If yesterday was a ‘proper’ move, today has been even more so, with 14 miles and 4 locks under our belt. In fairness one of those locks was the flood lock at Knottingley but since it was closed I think that counts, even though the difference in levels was probably only about an inch!

The weather has pretty much complied with the forecast with patchy sun an virtually no rain (it spat a bit as we were mooring up for the day, but that was about it). The engine sounds well for having had its service so tomorrow we press on towards Wakefield.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017


Here I am Rune
Distance 8.2 miles
Total 2817 Locks  130 Tunnels
Running total mileage 4004.8 miles 

Yesterday was just a little move on to get back into it, today was a proper move covering over 8 miles and more importantly 7 swing/lift bridges. Fortunately for us today is the day that the oil barge comes through from Rotherham on its way to Hull so there were CRT staff operating the lock and most of the swing bridges, it felt like royalty having all of the work done for us!

At the end of the day’s travelling it was also time to carry out the routing maintenance on the boat so we changed the oil and oil filter and tinkered around with a variety of other stuff that needed checking, the bigger service will be the next one, probably in December, when the air and fuel filters will also need changing along with the gearbox oil. Not very good planning to have the major service in the depths of winter.

Tomorrow, provided that nothing that was serviced today plays up, I would hope to be somewhere around Castleford visitor moorings.

One of the, er, larger boats we come across on these Northern Waters.......

.....safely past.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Kirk Bramwith

Here I am Rune
Distance 5.1 miles
Total 2815 Locks  130 Tunnels
Running total mileage 3996.6 miles 

After a couple of weeks away attending a family wedding followed by a few days of walking the Cleveland Way we are now back aboard and heading south for the winter. By my reckoning it should take us a couple of weeks or so to cross the Pennines to Manchester and from there down the Trent and Mersey towards the Nantwich area for some repairs to be made. After that I’m not sure of the plans, possibly an autumnal trip up the Llangollen Canal