Sunday, 28 May 2017


Here I am Rune
Distance 0.3 miles
Total 2609 Locks  122 Tunnels
Running total mileage 3612 miles 

A short trip today, half of which was backwards! The service of the heating was a bit of an ‘ouch’ moment since just servicing would have been about £99, the actual bill came to £573! The problem was the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) had failed, which appears to be the main reason that the unit wouldn’t fire up. On its own the ECU accounted for £301 of the total bill, don’t want to have to buy another one of them in a hurry!

By the time the job was finished it was too late to move on anywhere so we just reversed along to the nearest mooring above Gailey lock, tomorrow, weather permitting, we should be trying to get back to Stafford.

Saturday, 27 May 2017


Here I am Rune
Distance 8.1 miles
Total 2609 Locks  122 Tunnels
Running total mileage 3611.7 miles 

The weather today went from superb yesterday, to changeable today. It wasn’t too bad other than one minute you’d have sunglasses on and two minutes later full waterproofs. We woke up to heavy rain but fortunately that died out before we moved off. It was a comfortable day’s trip which has brought us to Gailey for the heating service tomorrow morning. Once that is done (assuming all goes well) we turn around and head back where we came from to the Trent and Mersey to continue up towards Stoke on Trent.

Friday, 26 May 2017


Here I am Rune
Distance 10 miles
Total 2599 Locks  122 Tunnels
Running total mileage 3603.6 miles 

The superb weather has continued in a really hot day today (I may even have some sunburn). The countryside always looks so much better in fine, sunny weather and the canals we are on are very attractive.

Now we are in narrow lock territory I am having to be a bit more careful on how to moor the boat in some of the locks. My preferred method is to tie the centre line to the bollard furthest forward in the lock. This stops the boat being pushed backwards as you open the side paddles, if you don’t do that the boat initially moves back and then accelerates forwards into the lock gate with a bit of a crash. If it is held tightly to the gate, this doesn’t happen. Unfortunately on one or two of the locks there has been a gap below the cill into which the bow button fender can get caught, so it has been a case of holding the boat back from the gate until the water has risen above this, not always easy.

Tomorrow the intention will be to get to Gailey ready to have the diesel heater serviced on Sunday morning.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017


Here I am Rune
Distance 9.6 miles
Total 2596 Locks  122 Tunnels
Running total mileage 3593.6 miles 

With simply superb weather we have indeed travelled as afar a Rugeley. Now that we are in striking distance of the place we hope to get the heating system serviced at, I called them up on the phone today to book in. To my great surprise, and over a Bank Holiday weekend, they tell me that, since they work 7 days  a week they will be able to fit our service in on Sunday. This helps our travel plans a bit since I was expecting to be hanging around until Tuesday or Wednesday of next week, after the Bank Holiday, to get the service done. It now means that we can hang around a bit before arriving at the boatyard, so will probably do a bit of shopping here in Rugeley tomorrow. I might even have a swimming session at the leisure centre.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017


Here I am Rune
Distance 7.5 miles
Total 2588 Locks  122 Tunnels
Running total mileage 3584 miles 

It turns oujt that it was a good call to leave filling up with diesel until today. The cost at Mercia Marina would have been about £80 made up of domestic cost of 78p per litre and propulsion cost of 1.28p per litre. At Shrobnall Marina the cost was 64p for domestic and 1.09p for propulsion so the total cost for  90 litres was £65.70, a saving of about £15. I shall have to remember about Shrobnall Marina in future since they also have a good selection in their chandlery.

No particular dramas today, passed through Burton on Trent in fine weather although there are a lot more boats on the move than we have been used to so far, quite a lot doing the Leicester ring.

The plan for tomorrow will be to reach either Handsacre, Armitage of, if is a particularly successful day, Rugeley.

A particularly narrow bridge
Alrewas Weir from upstream.

Monday, 22 May 2017


Here I am Rune
Distance 6.5 miles
Total 2582 Locks  122 Tunnels
Running total mileage 3576.5miles 

We didn’t get quite as far as I had hoped today but we have at least reached Burton on Trent (or Horninglow, which is sort of part of Burton. We have replaced the broken mooring line and also got another mooring pin at the local Midland Chandlers but decided against getting fuel as the rate was 78p/128p, I think that Shrobnall Marina which is about a mile down the canal from our current location is cheaper. The only thing about this mooring is that it cannot be describe as quiet, we are about 70 metres from the main A38 so we have a lot of road noise. That isn’t likely to change much until we are out of Burton so it is something we’ll have to live with.

The aim tomorrow is to get to somewhere about Alrewas