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…

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…

Moore to Lymm

Moore to Lymm, Bridgewater Canal : 7 miles, 0 locks A beautiful warmish sunny day – perfect for cruising and most enjoyable.                       Lymm Thursday market was on when we arrived – I’m glad I hadn’t come specially, but this is a very nice town with…

Northwich to Moore

Northwich to Moore, Bridgewater Canal 12 miles, 1 lock, 3 tunnels Thankfully the wind died down last night and we woke to a glorious warm sunny day. With a couple of service stops at Anderton, for water and diesel respectively, the journey was very pleasant, though chilly when the sun went in and absolutely freezing…

Middlewich to Northwich

Middlewich to Northwich, Trent and Mersey Canal: 6 Miles, 0 Locks The first cruising log entry of the year in which Zulu takes a battering from the weather and spends the first night away from home amidst the spotlights of Northwich chemical works. I was actually hoping to get to Marston but with darkness upon…

Moorings at Middlewich

Well this was supposed to be a cruising blog, with regular updates, but it hasn’t quite worked out that way.  According to my last cruising post we were somewhere around Cropredy having arrived there via the Grand Union from Ricky and a side trip to Hawkesbury en route. So now Zulu is at home in…

Claydon to Cropredy

Saturday 2nd August Claydon to Cropredy – South Oxford Canal Only a couple of miles but very pleasant as we dropped down another three locks into Cropredy ready for Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, which doesn’t start until Thursday. Moorings were still plentiful and we pulled up just above the short term moorings at the lock.  There…

Marston Doles to Claydon

Marston Doles to Claydon, South Oxford Canal Woke up to a lovely morning, although as usual it had been raining through the night. Took Seth for a walk all the way down the Napton flight, hoping to find some fresh bread and milk at the Canal Stores adjoining the Folly pub, but despite the “open…