No Direction

No Direction is our 70ft Narrowboat which is now home to my wife Jayne and myself, it was launched on 4th February 2008.

We spend the Winters in a Marina and cruise in the warmer weather.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Plenty Of Water Here.

Sunday/Monday 4th and 5th September 2011.
New Marton Locks to Hurleston Top Lock.
32.25 Miles, 14 locks, Triple Staircase Lock, 8 Lift Bridges.


We had a good run on Sunday despite it being the busiest day of the trip so far, got through the only two locks of the day at New Marton early before anyone else was about.
Passing the Jack Mytton Inn at Hindford I counted 14 Hireboats on the moorings or very close, there are certainly plenty of hirers around.

After a quick shop at Ellesmere to re-stock the freezer we got going again, we wanted to be at Grindley Brook locks for Sunday night which we managed. 

Not all the Llangollen Canal is tight and twisty, this is the section over Whixall Moss.


We moved the short distance to the Grindley Brook services, while we were there an Austrailian crew on a hireboat arrived and started to prepare the staircase lock, they almost got it right, apart from emptying the top chamber into an already full middle chamber.

Decending the Staircase.

Plenty of water coming down the side weirs making entering and leaving locks difficult.

Jayne holds the gate shut as another boater presses the button to lower Wrenbury Lift Bridge.

Today we've had heavy rain showers and very strong wind making steering difficult, tonight we have moored above the Hurleston locks, we had intended to drop down these today but gave in to the wind. 

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