Friday, 18 October 2019


Here I am Rune
Distance 2.6 miles
Total 3930 Locks  241 Tunnels
Running total mileage 5737.5 miles

A bit of a mixed bag on the weather front, the forecast had changed by the time I read it this morning to a clear morning with showers coming in later. We had a few showers on the way up the Hatton Flight but of course the worst of the showers came as I managed to wrap the centre mooring line around the propeller as we were about 4 locks from the top. I’ve picked up one or two bits of rope around the prop on our travels, but this was the first time I’d got it properly jammed such that the propeller itself wouldn’t move. With a sharp knife, junior hacksaw and woodcutting saw I eventually managed to free the prop after the best part of an hour. The rope itself has been trashed so I’ll have to look out to get another piece but it doesn’t seem to have damaged the drive plate, which was my principal concern.

I think we’ll probably have a shortish day tomorrow, just as far as Kingswood Junction where I can make use of the CRT shower block, then up the Lapworth flight on Sunday.

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Warwick (Saltersford)

Here I am Rune
Distance 5 miles
Total 3909 Locks  241 Tunnels
Running total mileage 5734.9 miles

A straightforward day’s cruise, stopping off at Morrisons and Tesco for essential supplies (more beer) and then on to what is essentially the bottom of the Hatton Flight of locks. We will need to go into Warwick tomorrow before we set off but I would guess we should get up the flight  (21 locks) in something like 3 hours so even if we don’t set off until midday we’ll be at the top by 3pm. The forecast for tomorrow is rain to begin with, but sunny intervals by lunchtime, so setting off later could be an advantage.

As an added bonus, today I got hold of some free wood so will be able to chop up some kindling over the next few days.

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Radford Semele

Here I am Rune
Distance 11.4 miles
Total 3907 Locks  241 Tunnels
Running total mileage 5729.9 miles

Quite a good day’s travelling today, taking fullest advantage of the decent weather, we have gone from Flecknoe to Radford Semele through 23 locks and covering over 11 miles. We seemed to fly down Stockton Locks but then we were with another boat and there was a volunteer lock keeper on duty as well. I was quite busy chatting with the bloke on the other boat so wasn’t really taking a lot of notice of the time, but it seems we got down the flight in about an hour and a half, which is quite quick for 10 locks.

I don’t expect to make quite as much effort tomorrow since we need to stop off at the supermarket, I would expect to get to the bottom of the Hatton Flight more or less.