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.

Friday, 31 August 2012

Off Again.

Thursday 30th August 2012.
Kings Bromley to Stafford Boat Club.
15.5 Miles and 3 Locks.

We were going to cast off yesterday but the rain put us off so it was today that we left the Marina.

Heading towards Great Hayward the canal was very busy, at one time we had 5 boats in front of us, fortunately three stopped at Rugeley and one more stopped by Taft bridge.

It's named Maid of Oak, because it is.
Built by Bates Boatyard.
We turned left at Great Hayward Junction onto the Staffs and Worcester Canal, bit chaotic where the canal narrows as it passes over the river Trent.
Arriving at Tixall Lock we were lucky to find a boat just leaving and went straight in, things got better, we were told to stay on the boat by a hireboat crew waiting to descend, as they would work the lock, they knew what they were doing too.
Happy Hirer's at Tixall lock, four on the lock and two on their boat.
We're now moored opposite Stafford Boat Club, on the other side of the canal on the boat club moorings is nb Hercules, one of our Winter neighbours at King's Bromley Marina, we heard last week it had broken down near Stafford, as it's an old boat the part required to repair it is not available and has be specially made.
Hercules, not living up to the name.
Friday we'll try and moor at Penkridge, Jayne likes the market there and I like Jaspers Bakery.

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