Monday, 4 May 2015

May the 4th be with you.

Today was the day we severed the umbilical and left the marina for the summer. Forecast good, boat loaded and ready to go and the car stored thanks to Helen and Mark.

We have had a busy few days, or rather Ali has. Finishing work on Thursday, packing,travelling and loading saw us both spent. We decided today would be the day to leave after viewing the forecast. Daytime looked good and thus did it dawn. So after filling and emptying,we said our farewells and exited the marina and turned south.

 Now our intention is to head north, but we have decided to avoid river's early in the year, due to unpredictable levels and stick to the more consistent canal's.

It was good to be back on the tiller, in the sunshine. leaving crick behind us, we were soon entering the portal of it's tunnel. An easy passage made, with ner a boat in sight.

Leaving this we entered some wonderful countryside and saw our first duckling's! Hard to believe we are so close to the M1, but not for long as at the top of the Watford flight of locks, we passed beneath it!

Luckily for us we were almost straight into the flight down, with no wait, something of a first. Ali was soon into the swing and guided us down this very pleasant flight.. The sun shone, but the breeze had a rawness that reminds you it's not summer yet! So no shorts for me..

Just opposite Welton marina, we decided to call it a day, leaving Braunston tunnel and locks until tomorrow.  By early evening the forecast rain had arrived somewhat early, but we are snugg, dry and warm and it can do what it wants overnight.

We are moving to blogging less often, probably weekly, this year, due to Johns fat fingers and the fact that he now has a Hudl2 and Ali's protest of only adding photos, of which he is incapable!

5 miles, Crick tunnel 1528 yards & 7 locks


  1. Glad to see you are on the move once again. We left Skipton on 24 April and are just returning from a trip up the South Yorkshire Navigation to Sheffield. Next step is to go up the Trent from Keadby and explore the side branches as we go South towards Nottingham.

  2. Hi both. We are slowly heading north. At the moment the loose plan is to head for Wigan, up and over the top and then back on the Rochdale. All weather dependant and subject to change.


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