Hotel with a difference in Sheffield Basin

I rarely let the opportunity pass to visit a new canal location and so during a brief visit to Sheffield this weekend, I was able to take yet another walk down memory lane and check out Sheffield Canal basin which seems to be known better these days as Victoria Quays. The basin isn’t the easiest…

Boat Jumble

On the way from Middlewich to the M6 I was about to drive past a car boot sale when I suddenly realised it was actually a Boat Jumble. Swiftly changing plans I parked up and braved the £3 entrance charge – and I have to say it was worth every penny. Not really catering for…

Google Street (and canal) View hits the UK

I am now quite used to searching Google Maps and switching to Satellite view to see aerial photographs of the country.  In fact its quite good fun doing a virtual tour of the canals and we can even cut out the hard work by using Tony Blews’ Google Earth Canal Maps website. From 18th March…

Sorry the police are on holiday until….

I have been following the search for a stolen boat “Que Sera Sera” on Canal World Forums with interest, disappointed that it hasn’t been found yet and frustrated that there’s not a lot I can do to help, much as I would like to. The most incredible aspect, apart from anyone being brazen enough to steal…

Back to Middlewich

Bramble Cutting to Middlewich, Trent & Mersey Canal: 2 miles, 0 locks. Here we are back home after a lovely week out.  The windy weather has at least helped dry up the mud on Zulu’s moorings and so I am a bit happier, and still intregued with BW who have now laid compacted red sand all…

Almost home despite the wind

 Acton Bridge to Bramble Cutting, near Middlewich, Trent & Mersey Canal: 13 miles, 0 locks, 2 tunnels. Lovely walking around here, as long as you keep away from the very busy main road which crosses the Weaver at Acton Bridge, so with the dog well exercised we set off early and timed our arrival at…

Homeward bound

Manchester to Acton Bridge, Bridgewater and Trent & Mersey 24 miles, 1 lock, 1 tunnel About midnight on Saturday, on the way back from Snow Patrol, the weather took a major turn for the worse and a night of rain and wind ensued.  It didn’t put off the Manchester clubbers out in force, and the…

Snow Patrol concert, Manchester MEN Arena

Saturday night, 7th March 2009 – Manchester Evening News Arena – Snow Patrol Seeing Snow Patrol was actually the reason for this trip to Manchester.  I would hazard a guess that I was the only member of the audience who had made a 7 day round trip – and it was certainly worth the effort. Every time…

Lymm to Manchester

Lymm to Castlefield, Manchester, Bridgewater Canal: 14 miles 0 locks Another beautiful day for boating and the wide deep Bridgewater eats up the miles in no time at all.  With maximum power, Zulu struggles to make 3mph on the canals, but today according to the satnav we were rattling along at a heady 4mph for…