Vazon Railway Bridge

We finished our run on the Sheffield and South Yorks and Stainforth and Keadby at Keadby. Before mooring up we passed through the weird and wonderful Vazon Railway Bridge, one of only three in Europe. See this video I did of it Vazon Railway Bridge   As they say on the CRT site:

A railway swing bridge crossing existed here as long ago as 1866. In time, this was superseded by the first sliding bridge at this location, built for the Great Central Railway’s Scunthorpe line in 1925. This bridge was designed by Sir William Arrol & Company of Dalmarnock.

The 1925 bridge was replaced in 2004 by the present, low-lying, sliding bridge. To allow boats to pass, the whole deck of the bridge which carries two tracks, slides sideways on rails and is pulled by steel cables. The bridge construction is an open riveted steel framework and incorporates two walkways, so that pedestrians can cross when the bridge is in open or closed position.

The modern bridge is powered by mains electricity, although interestingly the 1925 bridge was operated with a massive set of batteries.

Watch out for a train!!!

Vazon Railway Bridge, which slides out of the way
Vazon Railway Bridge, which slides out of the way

Well that makes you move out of the way

This is what I love about the South Yorks navigations, its not just the views, the aqueducts, the variety of bridges, its the commercial traffic.

Runing into, not literally, stuff luck this is brilliant. We all love seeing these boats plying our waterways.

Exol Pride, South Yorks Navigation
Exol Pride, South Yorks Navigation

EXOL PRIDE (IMO: 7803437, MMSI: 235065013) is an oil products tankerbuilt in 1979 and currently sailing under the flag of United Kingdom. EXOL PRIDE has 61m (200 feet) length overall and beam of 6m (19.5 feet). Her gross tonnage is 380 tons, deadweight of 620 tonnes.

In short a big lump of metal. We met her as we were about to go over the Bramwith Aqueduct, itself a strange thing as it is also a weir. The guillotine gates are to protect the navigation in case the Don comes up into flood.

Exol Pride South Yorks Navigation
Exol Pride South Yorks Navigation

 

Food Glorious Food

Many people tell us that one of the highlights of cruising on Lady Teal is the food, I have my wonderful wife Gina to thank for that.

Though guests do also say it means they have to make sure they walk a lot to make sure they can still get into the clothes they have brought with them.

Here are a couple of examples of what she produces, makes my mouth water!

Afternoon Tea Lady Teal
Afternoon Tea Lady Teal
Breakfast Lady Teal
Breakfast Lady Teal

lovely place to moor

    Bradley on the Leeds and liverpoolBradley on the Leeds and liverpool

Bradley is such a lovely spot to moor on the Leeds and liverpool. So picturesque with the fields walls and old mill

lovely day on the Leeds and Liverpool

A wonderful, if slightly breezy morning on the Leeds and Liverpool.

Following a couple of grey days it is lovely to see the sun again. Sitting in the lounge looking out of the windows it is lovely and warm.

Whilst the rain has not been so good for the guests, or me out helming, it will have topped up the reservoirs.

The Aire valley will be interesting in these winds.

Leeds and Liverpool at Gargrave
Leeds and Liverpool at Gargrave

 

 

late cancellation sold

Thanks for your interest everyone, but the dales and the sea cruise is now sold

Late Cancellation – Offer

Due to an unexpected illness we have had a couple cancel a twin cabin on the The Dales and Sea, Goole to Skipton cruise.
The cruise is the 30th of June to the 7th of July.
This cruise combines the  Cultural Wonders & the City & the Tideway cruises.
With the port of Goole at one end of the cruise & the gateway to the  Dales, Skipton, at the other it encompasses a vast swath of Yorkshire.
Passing along large waterways to Leeds before stepping up onto the canal & making our way up into the dales. 
Along the way we will ;
Have the opportunity to visit the Goole boat museum & historic port
See large open vistas across the countryside
Pass through Leeds city centre &  stop at the Royal Armouries
Go through many staircase locks, including the iconic Five Rise at Bingley.
Visit the Unesco world heritage site of Saltaire with the Hockney gallery.
Climb up into the wonderful Dales scenery, with its array of wildlife 
Normally priced at £1185 per person we are discounting it by £235 per person to £950 per person due to the short notice.

What a lovely spot

Ok, not the best weather ever today, but I think that’s been true across most of the country. At least here we didn’t have the winds that others had.

But it’s been good fun with guests out a lot of the time and helping with locks, the tunnel is always fun and everyone loves going through it.

Then what a great place this is to moor up, middle of nowhere surrounded by drumlins, look it up.

Grey sky but great view.

Drumlins at Greenberfield
Drumlins at Greenberfield

 

 

Buttercups Galore

It really does seem to be the year of the Buttercup, not sure what that means for the summer, though we seem to have a burst of them every few years.

They really are lovely.

Now time for a little rant, We were moored outside Blackburn yesterday and about 7’o’clock a boat went by, I had a quick chat and they said “oh we need to get through Blackburn early, heard lots of stories”. This folk memory of issue really makes us cross. We go through around lunchtime and afternoons, frequently, in bright hot weather and cooler weather, never had an issue. Yes there can be people around, its an urban environment, but we talk to the and have had no problems. Why do boaters love to think there are all these problems, are they scared of their own shadow. Blackburn is fine, in fact we frequently stop for lunch in the middle, a nice spot!

Rant over and here is a pretty picture

Buttercups by the Leeds & Liverpool
Buttercups by the Leeds & Liverpool

Thanks CRT

We thought we may have been stuck the wrong side of Whitebirk Aqueduct when CRT announced a severe leak and a 3 week closure to fix it.

Its a fairly small aqueduct taking the canal over a small stream and with a wash way, or was it and ice ramp?

But stars that they are the engineers at CRT and Kiers came up with a novel solution. They put pipes into the ground and injected foam, it worked the leak has been stopped and there will only be a few hours of stoppage on Tuesday as they complete permanent repairs.

Sorry no picture on this one

Swans and Cygnets

We passed this set of cygnets when they were just hatched and were with mum some days later we were going the same way and they were all out and about, lovely.

This is a great time of year with all the babies appearing.

We came up Wigan yesterday, 26 locks in about 3 and a half hours not too shabby!

Cygnets just hatched , Rufford Branch
Cygnets just hatched , Rufford Branch
Proud Mum and Dad with cygnets on the Rufford Branch
Proud Mum and Dad with cygnets on the Rufford Branch

 

 

 

Late Cancellation

Due to illness we have had a late cancellation and we are offering the upcoming Lancashire Gems cruise on a first come first serve basis with a £280 discount, so instead of £1780 it will be £1,500, for 2 people
The cruise is the Lancashire Gems, Friday 26 May 2017 to Wednesday 31 May 2017 New Springs  Nr. Wigan to Reedley Marina Nr. Burnley, 5 nights.
Please give us a call or drop us an email if you would like to book it, as I say it will be on a first come first serve basis.

Well that was a very different day!!

A very different day today, many thanks to our guest Roy. Instead of cruising today Roy took me off for the day to play trains! We got to drive a diesel engine and a real narrow gauge steam loco! We fired up the engine, linked up to trucks, pulled trucks, set points, went forwards, backwards and even turned the engine round on a turntable.

What a fabulous day we had. Many thanks to Mike and Derek at the West Lancs railway. http://www.westlancsrailway.org/ do go their site and have a look and if you are up here please visit them. They are a great bunch with a brilliant friendly setup. If you get the chance to visit please do.

West Lancs Railway Utrillas Nick Driving steam train
West Lancs Railway Utrillas
Nick Driving steam train
West Lancs Railway Utrillas Nick Driving steam train
West Lancs Railway Utrillas
Nick Driving steam train
West Lancs Railway Utrillas
West Lancs Railway Utrillas

Leeds & Liverpool – Wigan

What is there not to like on a glorious day like today as we pass through Wigan.

Lady Teal Leeds & Liverpool Wigan
Lady Teal Leeds & Liverpool Wigan

Down on the Bridgewater

We are still on the Bridgewater moving back toward the Leeds & Liverpool at Leigh. It really is interesting to be on a canal that is not CRT and to see the differences, some good some bad, bt mainly just different. I really must investigate as to why the Bridgewater was not nationalised with the other canals at the end of the second world war. I suspect it was something to do with the ports.

The canal is still closed near the Bridgewater Marina as a new bridge is going in, it is supposed to reopen toward the end of May, but there still seems a lot to do.

As you can see the canal is dammed by a causeway.

Bridgewater Canal Bridge works
Bridgewater Canal Bridge works
Bridgewater Canal Bridge works
Bridgewater Canal Bridge works

We recently moored by Astley Green and the pit museum. An interesting bit of narrow gauge track has been renewed, it used to take caol from the pit to the canal, looks like there are plans to fire up some of the engines they have, as funds become available, that would be brilliant.

Astley Green pit head and narrow gauge track
Astley Green pit head and narrow gauge track

Liverpool

Well another great trip into Liverpool

Liverpool and steamship Danny
Liverpool and steamship Danny

As ever a great time in Salthouse with the added bonus of the steam festival satrting up. Some great steam trucks, steam engines and steam ships. Danny has an absolutely fab art deco interior designed for the directors of the Manchester Ship canal. Having been left to rot at Ellesmere port a group of enthusiasts have done a wonderful restoration job. With interiors copied from  photos and as much original kit used as possible.

Guests always love a go on the helm and this old salty seadog was no different, with a clear mastery as soon as his hand touched the helm. Coming in and out of Liverpool is such a great experience and now that Tobacco Warehouse is being restored that whole end of the dock will have a great lift.

Thanks, as ever to all the CRT guys and volunteers.

completed

Big Swans, big water and big boats- short boat George

We are once again in lovely Liverpool home of giant swans & , at the moment, short boat George

liverpool swans Salthouse dock
liverpool swans Salthouse dock

But also large, all be it short, boats

Lady Teal & Short boat George
Lady Teal & Short boat George

We are moored next to the 1910 wooden L&L short boat. It may have been horse drawn or may have been towed by a stem tug or boat. She was built in Wigan and took coal from Leigh to Liverpool, an honour to share berth space with her. Sunk and abandoned in Worsley she was rescued and taken to the Ellesmere port boat museum. She has been in a number of colour schemes over the years but her brightwork is currently National Coal Board. She was taken to Tiverton in Devon, I know so sad nowhere nearer home, to have a fabulous restoration/rebuild, she does look good.

Here she is giving some kids a nice outing in 1943, much fancier brightwork than the NCB one she now wears.

L&L Short George wartime holiday 1943
L&L Short George wartime holiday 1943

Fabulous evening

Well last night was a lovely sunset and watching all the Black Headed gulls swooping over the flashes catching bugs, gorgeous.

Gulls over Scotsmans flash Wigan
Gulls over Scotsmans flash Wigan

Then one of those great mornings when the mist rises gently over the canal, we’ve not got a bad job!

 

Happy St Georges day

Mist over the Leeds Liverpool Leigh Branch
Mist over the Leeds Liverpool Leigh Branch

What a smashing day on the Leeds Liverpool

It really is a lovely day here today, suns out, ducklings appearing and the Bluebells starting in the woods, just lovely!

Bluebells on the Leeds Liverpool
Bluebells on the Leeds Liverpool
Lovely scenery on the lower section of Leeds Liverpool
Lovely scenery on the lower section of Leeds Liverpool
ducklings on the Leeds Liverpool
ducklings on the Leeds Liverpool

Lady Teal, Kennet & Wigan Flight

Well what a day, great weather and the Wigan flight, plus a few round the corner.

We also did it in a record time for us, 3 hours 15 minutes, sorry crew on the last record!

Lovely surprise to meet Kennet, the historic Leeds Liverpool short boat coming up the flight.

Kennet & Lady Teal meet in Wigan Flight
Kennet & Lady Teal meet in Wigan Flight

She is a great boat , built 1947, and kept in great shape by the Leeds Liverpool canal society.

We do enjoy doing Wigan as it is such a lovely flight, yes some locks are heavy but the views more than make up for it.

 

Glorious morning on the Leeds Liverpool

What a glorious morning it is here on the Leeds Liverpool.

There may be too many Canada geese around England but it is still fun watching them take off

Glorious morning on the Leeds Liverpool
Glorious morning on the Leeds Liverpool
Geese on the Leeds Liverpool
Geese on the Leeds Liverpool

Over the motorway and into the Lancashire countryside

A fun run today with an aqueduct over the motorway then into lovely countryside.

We really do feel that Lancashire needs to do some much more to market itself. The vales and  countryside is just lovely and even the industrial stuff is interesting.

But it is the countryside and the great views that always amaze our guests, come on come to lovely Lancashire and be surprised, we were.

A cruising day free of locks but 3 swing bridges to give us something to do, apart from helming the boat of course, oh and preparing and serving meals and drinks, and giving the odd micro lecture on the canals!

Bridge in Lancashire
Bridge in Lancashire

 

 

Easter on Lady Teal in Lancashire

Well it was Easter with Easter eggs, bunny ears and Easter Chicks.

 

Easter Chicks
Easter Chicks

Bit of a damp Easter but then mooring up at one of our favourite places in Lancashire between Burnley and Blackburn.

Lady Teal in Lancashire
Lady Teal in Lancashire

 

 

Off up into the Dales

Heading off up into the dales today. Not such a great day today, weather wise, but the scenery and the lovely flight at Bank Newton more than makes up for it.

Also all the cute little lambs and ducklings.

Shouldn’t be too long now before we see our first cygnets up here in the dales.

We do love this time of year as the countryside all wakes up around us.

Montage of Young Dales
Montage of Young Dales

 

Has summer arrive on the Leeds Liverpool?

Well it may be too early to call summer but we have had some great weather.

 

On the roof deck , Leeds Liverpool
On the roof deck , Leeds Liverpool

Coming up out of Leeds on the Leeds Liverpool morning coffee and cookies was had on the roof deck. Next will be the cygnets then the Kingfishers will be back, that’s when it really is summer on a hotel boat!

What a wonderful day on the Leeds Liverpool

 

Granary Wharf Leeds Sunset
Granary Wharf Leeds Sunset

Following on from an incredible sunset in Leeds we have had a glorious day to climb up the various staircase locks out of Leeds to end up in great countryside. The green route out of Leeds is truly lovely. We are now just past Rodley in the countryside with cows sipping from the canal and Moor Hens making nests, it relly is wondrful, loving being back at work!!

Great Countryside Leeds Liverpool
Great Countryside Leeds Liverpool

Lovely lambs

Finished our first cruise of the season today. No ducklings but lots of lovely lambs. Many thanks to the guests who made it such an easy lovely cruise. Over the coming weeks I will post some pictures of some of the changes we have made. But for today here is a very contented lamb and is mum

Lovely lamb
Lovely lamb

Oh and here is a duck I rather liked

Duck at reedley marina
Duck at marina

What lovely day to start the season on

The first cruise of the season starts today and it’s a glorious morning. Sun, ducks and plenty of water in the canal!

Duck at reedley marina
Duck at marina
Lovely morning at reedley
Lovely morning at reedley 

Glorious end to a busy day

A busy day sorting things on the boat, almost there! Thanks to Ian and Glen we we ticked off lots of stuff on Ginas list. Just a glimpse of canal in the picture

Lovely sunset Leeds Liverpool canal

list.

Baby May born

Gina’s first grandchild, Nicks second,  May, was born this week, 7lbs 7ozs(all the ladies always ask the weight!).

Mother and baby well, and Gina and Nick ecstatic.

A Lovely start to 2017.

Baby May
Baby May
Proud Grandparents
Proud Grandparents

A Very Merry Christmas from all of us at Lady Teal

Wishing you all a merry Christmas. We have decided that rather than spending vast amounts on posting Christmas cards we will donate the money to charity this year. A tough decision as we love cards but we think that on balance it is the right thing to do, we do hope you agree.
So, a very merry Christmas and great new year to everyone, plus a huge thank you for making our summers with you all such great fun.
Here’s to another great season and weather in 2017, with just the right amount of rain, at the right time. We need the rain to be at night to keep the reservoirs and canal full, but not too much rain, that makes the river too high. Ok I think that covers it!
A very Merry Christmas from all at Lady Teal
A very Merry Christmas from all at Lady Teal

Out of season decorating

Decorating Lady Teal end to end has begun! All part of the many off season bits of work that have to be done.

Glen and her husband Ian working hard to help us keep the boat looking good, thanks guys.

Decorating the boat
Decorating the boat

LTA16 Awards and Radio interview

#LTA16 @MarketingLancashire A busy day yesterday with a radio interview and the awards ceremony. Check out our interview at Radio Lancashire around the 3 hour 21 minute mark

Radio Lancashire
Radio Lancashire

Then it was off to the awards ceremony in Blackburn Cathedral, unfortunately no award this time, we were told we were close, and its good to be finalists!

Lancashire Tourism Awards
Lancashire Tourism Awards
Lancashire Tourism Awards
Lancashire Tourism Awards

 

Just added new YouTube Video of Lay Teal stuff

#HotelBoat #LeedsLiverpool Lady Teal video added to the Lady Teal YouTube channel.

Well not a lot to say, we have been relaxing! But we have also put together a little YouTube slide show about Lady Teal, click here to view it.

We have not updated this for a while and whilst we are doing slide shows this year we will do a lot more with video next year, or will try to!

Next thing is to do some work on pictures from the season just gone and get a 2016 slide show up.

 

“00 years of Leeds Liverpool Gala Dinner

Gala dinner for Leeds Liverpool Bicentenary last night, great fun.

Bicentenary Ball for Leeds Liverpool
Bicentenary Ball for Leeds Liverpool
200 years of Leeds Liverpool Gala
200 years of Leeds Liverpool Gala

Lovely Day on Kennet on the Leeds Liverpool

@LLCanalSociety @CRTNorthWest #Ll200 #Kennet on the Leeds Liverpool with Kennet

Many thanks to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal Society who hosted me on board Kennet for one day of her epic end to end trip to celebrate the bi-centenary of the opening of the full length of the canal in October 1816.

I did the run from Greenberfield to the bottom of Barrowford locks, starting in the sunshine and ending in the rain! Great run and fabulous to go through the tunnel as a passenger this time.

It is a great voyage and has even got coverage in the national press. So many people, school children and others coming out to cheer her through. Also a lot of church bells being rung, which is quite magical. A huge effort of planning and a lot of effort and time undertaking the voyage, well done one and all.

There was also quite a flotilla along with them including two other Leeds Liverpool short boats, including Ribble who has been along the length with a cargoe of sand.

It took from the 1770’s through to 1816 before the canal was completed, I am sure arguments between those in Yorkshire and those in Lancashire had nothing to do with the delay. It actually came down to the problems with finance, the Napoleonic wars and the American war of independence. But after working out how they can use some of the canal already built by the Lancaster canal company and amending the route for new coalfields it was finally completed to much acclimation and helped with the industrial growth in the region and the success of Liverpool docks.

Tonight is the Gala celebration ball, looking forward to it.

Nick of Lady Teal on Kennet at Greenberfield
Nick of Lady Teal on Kennet at Greenberfield
Mike Clarke LLCS President ringing Kennet in
Mike Clarke LLCS President ringing Kennet in
Kennet coming out of Foulridge Tunne
Kennet coming out of Foulridge Tunne
Vent in Foulridge Tunnel
Vent in Foulridge Tunnel

 

What a Wonderful Day

Well mid October and what fabulous weather!

The last blog for a few days, ok all breath a sigh of relief. I am going to get something together about the season just gone and post that in a while. But a busy week this week with a presentation to Pendle Tourism, coming down from the summit with Kennet , the historic L&L short boat, as it makes its way from Leeds to Liverpool in a run to celebrate the bicentary of the opening of the L&L end to end. Then we have our presentations to do for the Lancashire tourism awards, and the bicentenary ball. Quiet a relaxing off season then!

October at Reedley Marina
October at Reedley Marina

Having a nice break

Apologies to those on facebook who have already seen this, but I am putting it on the website blog.

A glass of wine, or two, to celebrate the end of another super season with great guests.

End of 2016 season

@MarketingLancs Well we have finished the 2016 season and over the next week or so I will publish a summary and photos of our travels. Right now its time for a wind down and glass of wine! We would like to extend a huge thank you to those of you who cruised with us this year and all those who have booked for the next couple of years. Particularly though we want to thank Glen who lights up our lives when she arrives to help out, Lady gets particularly excited.  Glen is a key part of Team Teal and we cannot thank her enough for her diligence, good spirits and ready smile. Gina has said I shouldn’t mention her occasional mishaps, such as pouring water over guests, funny as they may be and taken in good part by all concerned, so I wont.

Glen doing her last Lady Teal Lock of 2016
Glen doing her last Lady Teal Lock of 2016

We are re-positioning the boat back to base right now, and what a fabulous morning this is.

A wonderful Lancashire Morning
A wonderful Lancashire Morning

Blackburn Locks

@MarketingLancs Ok Blackburn summons up images of dark satanic mills in deepest Lancashire, but actually it has some interesting architecture and a lovely cathedral and an interesting flight of locks. They also have a section of methods for opening the gates as bridges have been built near locks so there is no space for balance beams. The picture below show a guest working one such lock.

Then as we move through the suburbs of Blackburn we get to nose at peoples back gardens, always fun.

Then it is off into the glorious countryside around Riley Green, Lancashire really is a spectacular and scenic county that does not get all the attention it deserves.

Some more  pictures of that tomorrow.

Blackburn Locks Lees Liverpool Lancashire
Blackburn Locks Lees Liverpool Lancashire

Lovely Lunch and overnight Night Mooring in Lovely Lancashire

Well in lovely Lancashire

Lovely Overnight Spot in Lancashire
Lovely Overnight Spot in Lancashire
Lovely Lancashire Lunch Spot
Lovely Lancashire Lunch Spot

lots of lovely spots to have lunch and to moor.

 

Lime kiln at Foulridge

On our run into the marina yesterday (last but one, gorgeous day today, then off through wonderful Lancashire tomorrow on our last cruise of the season) we went through the Foulridge tunnel, great fun. But before that at Foulridge we stopped and looked at the Lime kiln.

Probably built at the same time as the canal, 1790 -96, it is one of two that were built each end of the tunnel for the lime mortar for the tunnel itself.

Prior to the canal the limestone would have been brought in by ponies over old packhorse ways.

Lime Kiln Fourlidge Tunnel Leeds Liverpool
Lime Kiln Fourlidge Tunnel Leeds Liverpool

Bright starts and rainbows

Well the day started well with a lovely morning on the curly wurlies, then it was sunshine, showers and rainbows.

I do wonder how much the working boatmen enjoyed the scenery. Whilst they worked hard the environment was quiet for the horse drawn boats and helming, whilst hard work on a big boat does give you time to think and ponder. Though they were probably concerned at getting this load delivered as quickly as possible so they could do the next one. Locks etc are a bit of fun for us but were just a delay for them as they tried to press on. Even more so for the flyboats who frequently left paddles up and bridges open! Also we complain about the state of things sometimes, though since CRT it is much improved, but looking at old pictures and reading stuff things were not always so great then, and certainly the boatmen were not gentle with stuff!

Start of the day on Lady Teal in the Dales on the Leeds Liverpool Canal
Start of the day on Lady Teal in the Dales on the Leeds Liverpool Canal
Lovely Rainbow, Greenberfield on the Lady Tel on the Leeds LiverpooCanal
Lovely Rainbow, Greenberfield on the Lady Teal on the Leeds LiverpooCanal

Morning on Lady Teal looking at the Dales

What a gorgeous morning. Lady Teal is moored overlooking the Dales on what are know locally as the curly wurlies. The canal meanders around the high contour avoiding the need for locks, aqueducts or tunnels. Lovely for us but the boatmen hated it as it added a good mile to their journeys. they wanted something done about it but it was just not economic to do anything, thank goodness!

morning shot of Lady Teal moored on the curly wurlies on the Leeds Liverpool canal in the Dales
morning shot of Lady Teal moored on the curly wurlies on the Leeds Liverpool canal in the Dales
Morning view of the Dales from Leeds Liverpool canal
Morning view of the Dales from Leeds Liverpool canal
Cows on the curly wurlies Leeds Liverpool
Cows on the curly wurlies Leeds Liverpool

 

Lady Teal goes through Bank Newton Locks for the last time this year

On Lady Teal we love the little flight at Bank Newton. It wends its way up the hill and presents lovely views of the Dales as we go.

So, for this year at least, we wish them a fond farewell as we make our up heading for Lancashire on the penultimate cruise of the season. What a lovely day, between the odd shower or two.

LAdy Teal passing through Bank Newton locks on the Leeds Liverpool for the last time in our 2016 season
LAdy Teal passing through Bank Newton locks on the Leeds Liverpool for the last time in our 2016 season
View of the Dales as Lady Teal starts up Bank Newton Locks on the Leeds Liverpool canal
View of the Dales as Lady Teal starts up Bank Newton Locks on the Leeds Liverpool canal

Lancashire Tourism Awards 2016

@marketinglancashire #lta16

So proud to be finalists in the Visitor Experience and Boutique Accommodation award categories of the Lancashire Tourism Awards.

We would also like to congratulate all the other finalists in all the categories.

 

 

Feeding swans and opening bridges

A lovely day today feeding swans and doing swing bridges. After yesterdays bit of rain, though the Five rise was dry, it was a gorgeous day today.

Feeding Swans from Lady Teal
Feeding Swans from Lady Teal
Guests on Lady Teal opening a bridge
Guests on Lady Teal opening a bridge
Lady Teal at Bingley Five Rise
Lady Teal at Bingley Five Rise

We know who the boss is on Lady Teal

Don and June many thanks for this picture, we do know who the boss is on Lady Teal !

Lady in charge
Lady in charge

 

And a bright good morning to you Heron

morning-heron

Goose and Swans

For a few years now some geese, now down to one, have been hanging around with a pair of swans on the Leeds Liverpool near Rodley. Before the swans had young the geese would swim in between the swans like cygnets do. But then the swans had some young and the geese were relegated to the rear! One of the geese has disappeared but the other stills hangs around. The swans tolerate it, but will chase it away from food. I don’t know  if the goose thinks it is a swan or not but they all seem quiet happy together, rather cute.

Goose and Swans on Leeds Liverpool
Goose and Swans on Leeds Liverpool

Lovely Aire & Calder

#WTY #Chichhotelboat #Leeds @Welcome2Yorks

Lovely sunset on the Aire & Calder near Leeds followed by glorious morning. How lucky is Lady Teal to travel these waters.

This time of year that gently rising mist off the water  is so lovely and relaxing

Sunset Aire & Calder near Leeds
Sunset Aire & Calder near Leeds
Morning Mist Aire & Calder near Leeds
Morning Mist Aire & Calder near Leeds

Ribble

#WTY #HotelBoat

Great for the guests on Lady Teal to see historic Leeds & Liverpool shortboat Ribble doing a loaded run along the L&L for the bi-centenary. 32 tons of sand going from down on the Aire and Caldr across to Liverpool, brilliant. First time we have seen an L&L short loaded up and going along.

Leeds Liverpool Short Boat Ribble
Leeds Liverpool Short Boat Ribble
Leeds Liverpool Short Boat Ribble
Leeds Liverpool Short Boat Ribble

Goole

It is fun going down into Goole with the big ships and the South Yorks Boat Museum.

Coudn’t resist being a bit arty with the tug pushing the false bow from the Tom Puddings.

Tom Pudding Tug Goole
Tom Pudding Tug Goole

In 1817, there was a proposal for an Aire and Don Canal, to connect Knottingley to the Dutch River at Newbridge, with a branch to Doncaster, and another for a Went and Wakefield Canal, to connect Cold Hindley on the Barnsley Canal to Newbridge on the Don. With revenue from tolls reaching £82,092 in 1818, which enabled a dividend of £54,000 to be paid, the company was in a healthy state, and proposed their own route from Haddlesey to the Dutch River.

The destination was then changed to Goole. John Rennie was asked to survey the route and proposed the construction of docks at Goole, rather than a lock into the river. Construction at Goole started on 28 September 1822, and the company eventually built much of the new town and docks.

So that’s Lady Teal mixes with the big boats, or ships!

Big Ship Goole
Big Ship Goole

Two Headed Dog?

Now I told Gina to avoid the nuclear power station!

Two headed Dog
Two headed Dog

Having a short break on the lovely South Yorks naviagtions

Another Lovely day on the Aire and Calder

Dropping off the end of the Leeds Liverpool we find ourselves on the Aire and Calder, actually at that point it is the river Aire and after pasing through the Leeds flood alleviation works we end up on the Aire and Calder naviagtion.

Time for a quick pre-lunch drink at Lemonroyd.

Drinks at Lemnroyd Aire and Calde
Drinks at Lemonroyd Aire and Calder

Also very lucky to meet up with Whistle down the wind. A great steam narrowboat that lives up on the Leeds Liverpool Canal, superb vessel.

Granary Wharf Leeds

Well here we are again in wonderful Granary Wharf Leeds. Leeds is such a great city, we are so lucky to ply between the two superb cities of Leeds and Liverpool.

So much to see and do here and the terminus warehouse that is so attractive.

The guests sat on top for a cocktail and canapes to kick off the skippers evening.

Sir Gary Verity #WTY sitting opposite us at the Hilton. We do have a lot to thank Welcome to Yorkshire for, such a brilliant organisation that made so much of what we do possible. Join up and engage with them! (Sorry advert over!)

Off to sunny Goole tomorrow, a brilliant run on the river and navigation, though yesterdays storm did bring the river up it is subsiding now.

The river and navigation is so different to the canal with the added width and depth of water making the boat handle very differently.

Granary Wharf Leeds for champagne cocktails and canapes
Granary Wharf Leeds for champagne cocktails and canapes

Wake up to this, then the Bingley 5 rise

What a brilliant place to wake up to!

What a place to wake up to on Lady teal Leeds Liverpool Canal
What a place to wake up to on Lady teal Leeds Liverpool Canal

Then it was on to the Bingley 5 Rise.

This fabulous set of locks is the steepest flight of locks in the UK, with a gradient of about 1:5 (a rise of 59ft 2in (18.03m) over a distance of 320 ft) with the intermediate and bottom gates being the tallest in the country.

Staircase, or riser locks, are locks where the bottom gates of one lock form the top gates of the next lock.

When the locks were opened in 1774 a crowd of 30,000 people turned out to celebrate. The first boat to use the locks took just 28 minutes.

The technology of riser locks, was out-of-date by the 1770s, when they were built.

Riser locks on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal were probably used to keep costs down as the project was financed privately.
Riser locks use much more water than conventional ones as boats cannot pass in them. As trade increased, the five-rise locks at Bingley created a constant water supply problem for the canal company. Consideration was given to replacing them with an incline plane or separate locks, but the options were never financially viable.

Overnight Mooring

Another brilliant overnight mooring for Lay teal on the Lees Liverpool heading down toward Bingley, so down the wonderful Five Rise tomorrow.

Overnight near Riddlesden
Overnight near Riddlesden

Al Fresco Lunch on Lady Teal

Such a lovely day and such a lovely spot, lets lunch outside, fabulous Al Fresco lunch on Lady Teal.

We were up on the curly wurlies in the Yorkshire Dales.

Yorkshire Dales Al Fresco lunch on Lady Teal
Yorkshire Dales Al Fresco lunch on Lady Teal

Mooring at Greenberfield

Mooring at Greenberfield is so lovely, we are lucky with so many wonderful spots to moor and not much traffic to mess us up!

Greenberfield is also interesting, to the canal geeks like me! There used to be a staircase lock here but when it fell into disrepair it was decided to go for a more efficient set up and put in a new line and three separate locks. I gather there was a bit of a row as the road had to re-route and a new bridge go in. The original bridge is now stranded, disused in the back garden of the old lock keepers house. You can see where the line used to go and the old tow path. This change all happened in the 1820’s, so only about 30 years after the section opened.

view from Grenberfield moorings Leeds Liverpool
view from Greenberfield moorings Leeds Liverpool
Edwards Boat Greenberfield Leeds Liverpool
Edwards Boat Greenberfield Leeds Liverpool

 

 

Foulridge Tunnel

Foulridge tunnel is the longest of the tunnels we go through, nearly a mile long but you can see right through it. The tunnel was built two thirds cut and cover due to the difficult ground and there are no records of anyone being killed in its building, which is quite amazing. Having no tow path and only being as wide as we are traffic lights control the flow of boats through it.  Guests love going through as its all twinkly. As with all tunnels there is the inevitable story of a cow swimming through it.

Here we are waiting to go through, no we can’t go through

Foulridge Tunnel
Foulridge Tunnel
Lady Teal at Foulridge Tunnel
Lady Teal at Foulridge Tunnel

with people sitting out!

 

Lovely Lancashire

The lovely Lancashire countryside is up to any in the country and is far too easily overlooked. We always think of gritty mill towns, Blackburn, Burnley and Wigan and forget the wonderful countryside that surrounds them. Passing through it really is a pleasure, and as you all know I can never resist a sunset!

Guests on the sundeck at Riley Green
Guests on the sundeck at Riley Green
Sunset at Riley Green
Sunset at Riley Green
Lancashire Countryside near Burnley
Lancashire Countryside near Burnley

Johnson Hillocks

Well here we are again at one of our favourite flights, Johnson Hillocks.

Is it really that far to Leeds, then onto Goole!

Sign Btm Johnson Btm Johnsons

Appley Bridge Lunch

A lovely lunch spot on the Leeds Liverpool.

Apply lock is a single deep lock though in the past, to save water two individual locks were put in operation. Unfortunately these are now in disprepair, but it does make a lovely spot for lunch.

Appley Lock Leeds Liverpool
Appley Lock Leeds Liverpool

 

A beer, glass of wine and a lovely lunch on Lady Teal, so the guests say!

Lunch appley Bridge

 

Leeds Liverpool Canal Halsall

John Longbotham was the canal engineer put in charge of the building of the Leeds Liverpool. As you can imagine this was a bit of an interesting one given it was necessary to team up Lancastrians and Yorkshiremen! To try and deal with this in a balance way they stare at both side of the country. In Lancashire that , for some reason, was not at Liverpool but was at Haskayne. One of the few cuttings through a hill, maybe they wanted the stone.

We went through Halsall today and we love the memorial to the men who built the canal . The Navvy , by Thomas Dagnall, is in Millstone Grit and is brilliant. Whilst most people believe that the navvies were all Irish this is probably not true, most were local men after a job. It was only later that more Irish men appeared. The work was undertaken by small contractors and few records survive to be absolutely sure.

Thompson Dagnall Navvy memorial Halsall Leeds Liverpool canal
Thompson Dagnall Navvy memorial Halsall Leeds Liverpool canal

Goodbye to Liverpool

Well its goodbye to Liverpool for another year. We do so enjoy the run in and our time in Salthouse.

Albert dock is so impressive, one of the first truly fireproof warehouses with no wood being used. They still had to have a hit squad fire team as stored items could catch fire but it could not spread to the warehouse with its stone and brick floors, metal window frames and cast iron columns, they wanted granite but it was too expensive.

Lady Teal Leaving Albert Dock Liverpoo
Lady Teal Leaving Albert Dock Liverpool

Passing out of Salthouse Dock its through Albert, into Mann Island Lock then through the Pier head tunnels past the three graces before going through Princess Lock and round the corner past the Titanic hotel, in the old rum warehouse, past Tobacco warehouse and up the Stanley flight locks back onto the Leeds Liverpool.

Stanley flight from Liverpool docks to Leeds Liverpool canal
Stanley flight from Liverpool docks to Leeds Liverpool canal

Just look at the amazing tobacco warehouse in the background.

Liverpool

Currently we are on a short break in Liverpool, it really is a great city. We love spending some time here. Lots of history, museums, galleries, shops, bars  and restaurants fab.

Lady Teal in Salthouse Dock Liverpool
Lady Teal in Salthouse Dock Liverpool
Salthouse and Albert dock Liverpool
Salthouse and Albert dock Liverpool

Salthouse Dock

Well I didn’t expect to see these in Salthouse dock, never even seen one duck before, though clearly there have been at least 2!

Ducklings Salthouse

Liverpool and Food

Well another lovely trip into Liverpool. Great weather and such a brilliant trip through the docks.

There really is no other experience like this on the waterways. Coming through the docks, the tunnels and then there are the three graces, what a sky line.

Liverpool Skyline
Liverpool Skyline

But of course no visit would be complete without a Nick history lecture and a rapt audience.

Nicks Lecture
Nicks Lecture -Thanks to our Maltese guest Betty for this one

Having got into Liverpool there is a time for a quick explore then dinner, finishing, well apart from the cheese, port and coffee with a lovely Raspbery Creme Brulee.

Raspberry Creme Brulee

Bit Damp

Well not the best of days, a tad damp. Then when we stop the sky clears and the sun comes out gorgeous!

Yesterday was simply wonderful and guests enjoyed a glass of wine and sit on top as we cruised into Crook.

A lovely spot now but would have been a pit village with something like 11 pits in the local area and lots of barges taking coal away. Even a tunnel underground for the canal.

Tony Robinson did a really good Walking Through History episode  really good episode on the stretch Liverpool to Wigan well worth a watch on More4.

A nice relaxing time on Lady Teal
A nice relaxing time on Lady Teal

 

Wigan Flight

There seem to be a lot of myths and folk memory associated with the Wigan Flight. I first went through it in the lat 70’s and it was a mess. Punds empty, rubbish and most of the lock gear not working, environment industrial and pretty naff.

How time changes things. Yes it is still 21 locks dropping over 200 feet and yes they are broad locks so harder work than the narrow ones, but we only do wide locks so don’t find them too bad. there are a couple that are tough but we generally take around 4 hours to come down, without trying to rush. You can stop at the wood yard for lunch if you want a break.

It is tree lined and neat and tidy without too much rubbish, surprisingly. Also people have always been fine, none of the trouble that people seem afraid of, and we have gone on all days of the week and started at midday or at 0930.

View from lock one at the top of Wigan flight
View from lock one at the top of Wigan flight

If you look on the right of the next photo you can see a church spire, we end welbelow the church, quite amazing, a great day.

church wigan

Wigan and the Lancaster Canal

In the period that little work was happening on the Leeds Liverpool the Lancaster canal company seemed to be building bits of canal and linking them with tramways. Walton summit and the piece across from wigan being examples of the Lancaster tramways. Passing over the Ribble on a large trestle bridge.

This led to the eventual leasing and taking over of the Johnson Hillocks to Wigan section of Lancaster Canal by the Leeds Liverpool, hence the dad end at the top of Wigan Locks, a lovely bridge over a canal that goes nowhere. It was a fascinating time for canal builders and tram roads that would be replaced by railways.

Wigan top lock
The surprisingly love top of Wigan Locks

Sunsets and Moonscapes

Well those of you who follow this blog, thank you, but you will know I love my sunsets.

Here is a moonscape and a sunset. No photoshop just playing with under exposure whilst taking the picture.

This is a lovely spot toward Wigan by Haigh Hall golf course. Lovely views down toward the direction of Liverpool, where the mighty Wigan flight will take us.

Moon over the Leeds Liverpool near Wigan
Moon over the Leeds Liverpool near Wigan

And looking the other way I had this

Sunset near Wigan Leeds Liverpool
Sunset near Wigan Leeds Liverpool

What a glorious morning on Lady Teal and the Leeds Liverpool

A lovely overnight mooring for Lady Teal as we approach the fab locks at Johnson Hillocks.

We do enjoy taking Lady Teal through this flight as we meander, down or up. An interesting flight, for geeks like me! They were built as part of the Lancaster canal then leased and bought by the Leeds Liverpool once the final route was decided.

Lady Teal Leeds Liverpooll
Lady Teal moored near Riley Green not far from Johnson Hillocks

Somewhat disparagingly when in 1904 they were looking at lengthening all the locks to 70 foot a report stated“The worst Lock masonry on the Canal is undoubtedly at Johnson’s Hillock. These Locks were constructed by the Lancaster Canal Authorities, and the fact is rather remarkable, as most of the Lancaster Canal Masonry is extremely good, as may be expected considering that John Rennie, of Waterloo Bridge fame, was the Engineer.”

Oh dear, it was one of the reasons lengthening did not happen as all the locks would have had to be totally rebuilt.

A lovely spot though

Leeds Liverpool near Riley Green
Leeds Liverpool near Riley Green

 

Where we stop tonight & just how long is the Leeds Liverpool, where is half way?

A bit of a damp  start on the Leeds Liverpool,  but now a sunny evening for Lady Teal, at the half way point. The lovely Lancashire views never fail to enthrall me.

Near Church, Leeds Liverpool Canal
Near Church, Leeds Liverpool Canal

Lovely sky and view across the valley. Really is lovely. But just before we got here we watched a pair of swans chasing away some Canada Geese to protect their cygnets. No actual violence, on this occasion but they do look threatening. We have watched them try to drown ducks and Geese but not on this occasion. Urban myth has it that Swans can break your arm , but it seems unlikely as their wings are not that strong. I have separated fighting swans and not suffered even a bruise. The beaks have some sharp bits but they are more uncomfortable than damaging to us.

Leeds Liverpool
Swan seeing off Goose on Leeds Liverpool

But onto my other question, just how long is the Leeds Liverpool now? A marker, not an original mile marker is at Eldonian village in Liverpool and shows 127 miles, this is now the end of the canal and their is no distance marker on the original terminus warehouse at Pall Mall, now filled in. So is the canal now only 127 miles long, or even less, there seems to be no definitive answer.

Here is the official half way point, more or less based on the canals original length.

Half way point Leeds Liverpool canal
Half way point Leeds Liverpool canal

Mile markers, quarter and half, became most important when the toll act was passed in the 1890’s.

The Act of Parliament of 1893 is entitled: ‘Canal Rates Tolls and Charges (Leeds and Liverpool Canal) Order Confirmation Act’. This Act left little room for haggling between the canal company and the owners of the goods to be carried on its canals. Let me quote from the Act to illustrate how detailed was that regulation. It reads: “16. For a fraction of a penny in the gross amount of rates, tolls, and charges for any consignment for the entire distance conveyed, the Company may charge a penny.” And… “18. All stone, when conveyed by the Company, shall be charged by weight when the weight can be conveniently ascertained.

CRT are replacing or repairing all the mile posts for the bicentenary, which is great.

Heading up into the Dales

This really is a lovely section of the Leeds Liverpool that we love taking Lady Teal across.

We have small aqueducts, lovely flights of locks and amazing views.

We are so lucky to have all this to go through.

The first picture today is at Stegneck lock first thing in the morning.

Stegneck Gargrave
Stegneck Lock Leeds Liverpool Canal

What a lovely sky.

Then it was across Priest Holme Aqueduct crossing the River Aire. Not one of the largest or best known aqueducts maybe but nevertheless a lovely one.

Occasionally we get steam trains across the railway bridge as this is the Settle Carlisle

Priest Holme Aqueduct on the Leeds Liverpool
Priest Holme Aqueduct on the Leeds Liverpool

Skipton and Gargrave

A lovely run up through Skipton, fuel at Pennine cruisers, always seem to have it and at a fair price, not true of all marinas.

The Aire valley was a little windy, it can be relly bad, the swing bridges are protected to stop you being blown into them. We love the Leeds Liverpool.

Up above Holme lock there is a great little stable block and the old register house, unfortunately in a state of collapse now, 4 years ago it was pretty much complete, shouldn’t CRT heritage be saving things like that not just fussing over things others do?

A neat little aqueduct and then up through Gargrave a pleasant dales village, then off the other side heading to Bank Newton locks, more of them tomorrow.

A lovely sunset, OK I stopped this down a lot for effect, but I think its pretty cool.

Leeds Liverpool canal , Gargrave
View from by Scarland Lock near Gargrave Leeds & Liverpool canal

Hirst Lock, Bingley 5 Rise, and Keighley

#HotelBoat A lovely morning at Hirst, guests have seen a Kingfisher having its breakfast, brilliant. A couple of pictures of Hirst, one a bit arty effect and one bright colours, I quite like the slightly arty one, I think.

Hirst Lock on the Leeds and Liverpool near Bingley
Hirst Lock on the Leeds and Liverpool near Bingley
Hirst Lock on the Leeds and Liverpool near Bingley
Hirst Lock on the Leeds and Liverpool near Bingley

Today we have the amazing Bingley 5 Rise. This is either a staircase lock, the top gates of one lock forming the botttom gates of the next or for the geeks among us it is technically a riser lock.

It rises 59 feet 2 inches over a distance of 320 fet and the intermediate bottom gates are the tallest in the country. It really is amazing, as is its fellow the Bingley Three rise. No windlass needed for the three rise as the ground paddles have the big levers attached and the gate paddles, cloughs (is that how you spell it?) are ones that move across rather than up and down the gate (or door as they say on the L&L) .

We will then be moving off above Keighley (pronounced Keithley) where in 1952 there was a large breach that washed away 4 holes of the golf course and washed a work boat into the gap. Only took 3 weeks to repair, but as they were about to re-open vandals caused more damage delaying the opening by 3 days, it was ever thus. It dropped the Skipton pool , 17 mles long, between Bingley and Gargrave by some 2 foot, a lot of water!

Lovely views along here and we see and here the Keighley and worth railway, super.

Mixing with the big boys- & playing with the camera

Well as ever our trip into Goole docks was great and such a different experience to regular canals. These are huge ships and some of them are only sea going whilst we have met some of them on the Aire & Calder, a bit scary!
I have also played around with the camera a bit, apologies if you dont like the effects but I thought them fun.
Lets start with Time travel Goole

Time Travel in Goole
Time Travel in Goole

Then a bit of a shocking interpretation of colour and highlight.

 

Goole , shocking
Goole , shocking

Finally big ships in Goole

Goole

Big Boats, Big Bridges, Aqueducts and Night timefor a hotel boat

Well a load of pictures for this post, as a hotel boat we do get around a bit. Not a sunset this time but it was actually a long exposure at night on the New junction Canal heading toward Doncaster. A lovely “new” canal. It was probably the last commercial canal dug, completed in 1905. One lock, with swing bridge in the middle, and a bucket load of lift bridges, so you cant hurry, oh one swing bridge as well, just for good measure.

New Junction Canal after dark
New Junction Canal after dark

The River Don Navigation is also lovely with little villages and big views.

At one of the lift bridges we met Freda Carless, built in 1964 she carried various cargoes under the ownership of Flixborough Shipping. See her entry on the National Historic Boat Register, sorry ships. Owned by a lovely couple who really do continuously cruise with her, quite a sight and they skipper her really well.

Freda Carless on River Don Naviagtion
Freda Carless on River Don Naviagtion

Then the wonderful aqueduct come weir, look at the sides of it, over the Don. Guillotines at each each end, so careful about losing your head as you cross (sorry about that). They guillotine gates are they so that if the river is in flood it flows over the aqueduct and  stops it flooding the navigation.

Aqueduct over the Don
Aqueduct over the Don

Right guess I had better get back to polishing the boat, a hotel boat owners work is never done!

 

More sunsets

Well a whole different set of sunsets for Lady Teal tonight.

We have been down the lovely under used Selby canal and peered into the tidal Ouse, we then turned and ran back to the Aire and Calder!

Lovely evening and an amazing rural sunset.

country sunset sunset

 

I love night time shots

Even the most strange place can look great at night. Night time shots seem to soften things and add mystery or romance.

Here is a night time shot of Ferrybridge flood lock on the Aire and Calder. I guess it may be a picture that may not be possible for a lot longer. The main power stations were coal, thats why they were here. Delivery of coal was in tom puddings, trains of 40 ton barges that were lifted right out of the water by the mechanism and tipped out, incredible. By all accounts the people who drove the barges that pushed or pulled the long strings of tom puddings used to make them dance and weave along the Aire and Calder, pretty terrifying if you were coming the other way!

Ferrybridge at night. Aire and Calder navigation
Ferrybridge at night.
Aire and Calder navigation

 

A rest in Leeds and the bicentenary

Well we are having a short break between cruises in the middle of Leeds, and celebrating being a year older!

#chichotelboat #hotelboat it is a lovely spot, the vibrancy of the city and the buzz, but out into the countryside tonight.

Really good video from #CRT on the bicentenary, some great quotes about the canal, with which we obviously agree. Follow this link for the bicentenary video , worth a watch. Must start embedding youtube videos, technical task to look into.

It is quite interesting, well I think it is but Gina says I am just a canal geek, that the original estimate for the canal is about the same as what it cost us to put Lady Teal in the water. Though they over ran their budget by a lot more than us.

We will be moving off the L&L onto the Aire & Calder, so big locks, mostly push button for the next few days.

Granary Wharf

What a lovely Lunch Spot

We are so lucky with the great views and scenery up here in the north,I really do think the Leeds Liverpool is a canal  with views like no other, ok I am biased!

But it journeys above the countryside opening up fabulous views across huge vistas in Lancashire and in Yorkshire.

Lovely  wildflowers too.

 

Greenberfield

We do like this as a place to stop. The views of the drumlins, look it up, are brilliant and it is such a great spot.

Having just dropped down  from the summit pound  it is down hill to Leeds from here. But certainly not with the views and places to see. The wonderful Yorkshire dales and towns a villages, we are lucky to be doing this.

By Greenberfield

Nairn Across Britain

Can’t recommend this program enough Nairn Across Britain is on BBC Iplayer and shows a journey from Worsley to Leeds, absolutely fascinating.

Give it a try, for those that have done some of this you will be amazed how it has changed.

A bit slow and droll but well worth half an hour of your life.

Nairn

 

Leaving Liverpool

Liverpool is really brilliant, I know I say it every time but there is truly nothing else like it on the network.

#HotelBoat loves coming coming here.

Leaving early in the mooring the wait in Canning is great fun, looking at the Bar lightship and the views of sailing boats and the super liverpool architecture, old and new.

As a hotel boat we are so pleased we have been able to introduce so many people to this great city. Can’t recommend it enough.

Our guests who are on now stayed at the Titanic hotel near Tobacco warehouse and adored it, it does sound a really good hotel to stay at in the city.

Glen, who helps us out, and her husband Ian have been stalking us in their boat, the Dog and Ferret, and here is a shot of them with a sail ship and by the Bar. It does look a bit like the Dog and Ferret has masts!

We were also lucky that the Queen Elizabeth came in the day we left so we passed close by to her.

dog and Ferrret Bar liver Queen Elizabet Dog and Ferret Canning dock

 

Wonderful Liverpool

#hotelboat

Great trip into Liverpool again.

The Stanley Dock Tobacco Warehouse is a grade II listed building and is the world’s largest brick warehouse. It is adjacent to the Stanley Dock, in Liverpool, England. Standing 125 feet (38 m) high, the building was, at the time of its construction in 1901, claimed to be the world’s largest building in terms of area. The 14 storey building spans across 36 acres (15 ha) and its construction used 27 million bricks, 30,000 panes of glass and 8,000 tons of steel. (Wikipedia)

It is currently undergoing conversion, a huge job. The brilliant Titanic  Hotel just across the way.

Tobacco Warehouse

 

Lovely Spot

We are being shadowed by Glen and Ian in their boat as we make our way across to Livepool.

Moored last night by the lovely Pennington Flash, just outside Leigh. Really lovely spot.

pennington flash

Views galore!

Wow what a fab day. Lady Teal made her way down into Worsley, the sky was blue and the sun was shining, true hotel boat weather.

Well enough of that. Worsley is really incredibly interesting but why oh why does somebody not sort out the Delph? The Delph was where the starvationer boats came and went from the mines. So called because you could see their ribs. There are something like 48-52 miles of underground waterway in the mines, in quite good state by all accounts. There were also two locks and an incline plane raising boats around 160 foot, so quite something. Unfortunately when last checked there was too much methane to be able to open them up to boat trips, a shame. the Delph is very overgrown and it would not take a lot to at least make it more presentable. I know there were plans to do a lot more but I guess spending cuts have affected that.

Some good stuff here at a mining site Link  and a great piece on Youtube actually down into the mine.

Then the day ended with a glorious sunset, who could ask for more.

strawberry moon Worsley

Trencherfield Mill Wigan

This is a hidden gem in Wigan. An amazing steam engine maintained by a great guy, Bill. #TrencherfieldMill #Chichotelboat.

The engine house and engine is great, unfortunately not in steam when we visited. Wigan wake up and market this and open it more regularly.

Trencherfield Mill should and could be such a tourist draw to the Wigan pier area, as it used to be. if you are visiting Wigan on a Sunday look up the times and go there it is brilliant!

Bill does a great job looking after it and has an apprentice and a work experience guy helping out, so it is also great for them.

A true hidden gem

Trencherfield Mill

Desmond Canoe Trail

#HotelBoat

The Desmond Canoe trail from Merseyside to Humberside will utilise the Leeds Liverpool canal. The trail, the longest of its kind in the UK, will stretch for 150 miles connecting Liverpool to Goole along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and Aire & Calder Navigation. Travelling through Wigan, Blackburn, Burnley, Leeds and Skipton it will take the average paddler between five and seven days to complete., all thanks to a £1.3m donation.

Not sure this canoeist got it quite right!

Desmond trail Desmond Canoe

Leeds Liverpool Long and Short boats

So good to see so many boats heading to Liverpool. We were proud to share the route in with two historic boats, Ambush and Ribble.

ribble and ambush

Thanks to the National Historic boat register for the following:

AMBUSH is a Leeds and Liverpool longboat, a narrow boat of steel plate construction with a Gardner 41W diesel engine. She was built by W J Yarwood of Northwich in 1933. She was built and worked for H R Ainscough.

After trade finished, she was used to carry coal to Westwood Power Station in Wigan and later was turned into a trip boat in the Liverpool area.  AMBUSH is one of a small number of Leeds and Liverpool long boats and in 2011 was under full restoration by her present owner.

Ribble is a 1933 Leeds Liverpool short boat.

Basically short boats were 60 by 14 foot and long boats 70 by 14 foot. Sometimes the flyboats were narrower. Above Wigan only the shorts could operate, due to lock lengths and curves. Thought was given to lengthening the locks around the end of the 19th century but it was going to be too costly and complex. Also comment was made that the locks at Johnson Hillocks were poorly made, unusually as most of Rennies builds were excellent.

 

Appley Lock

#chichotelboat
Two little videos of Appley Lock on the Leeds Liverpool canal.
Lady Teal, five star awarding winning hotel boat going through.
This is the original deep lock that used so much water a new cut with two shallower locks and a pound for boats to pass was built. They are now in a state of disrepair so only the depp(12 foot) lock is now operational.

 First video  Second Video

Late availability

Unusually  we have late availability on a twin  on the Panoramic Dales cruise 11-15 July, from Reedley to Skipton.

We very rarely do this but we have decided to offer a 10% discount on this cruise. It is sold on a first come basis, please call or email if you would like to book.

This offer has now been taken

 

Lazy Sunday Afternoon

in the sun lazy sunday afternoon

What fabulous weather we have had the last few weeks, culminating in this Lazy Sunday Afternoon!

It has been truly extraordinary. Six weeks ago snow then weeks of lovely weather that just keeps on giving!

Really is quite amazing!

Great picture Glen

Lovely picture off Holme lock Gargrave courtesy of Glen. Gina not too sure about the cost of the art project writing.

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The lovely Aire Valley and Gargrave, and what is that sheep up to!

A lovely day through the Aire Valley and Gargrave today. The scenery really is stunning and the village is brilliant, so typical of the dales, great views and stone cottages.

There is also a Peacock in the sheep field, not quite sure why the sheep was following it around though.

Aire Valley gargrave Peacock

 

Cygnet Time

#LadyTeal #HotelBoat #Skipton

Well lots of cygnets about on the canal now. Not yet seen any riding on mum or dads back but sure we will. Here are some outside the Rendezvous Hotel in Skipton & some video https://youtu.be/-ZY6U7lKk_Y

Cygnets Skipton

Late Cancellation – Fab Four 6th to 12th June 10% Discount Available Late Booking

Unusually we have had a late cancellation for a twin on our Fab Four cruise 6th to 12th June 2016, between New Springs and Liverpool, the standard cost is £1025 per person, or £1538, for single occupancy.
As this is a late, and unusual, cancellation we are happy to offer a 10% discount for this late booking.
If you are interested please call or email, we will book the cabin  on a first come first served basis. Payment of the full amount due will be necessary to secure the cabin.

Buttercups & goslings

Is it just up here in #Yorkshire or is it the year of the buttercup?  Every other field seems full of them , a really lovely show.

It seems to happen every few years one flower takes over.

Buttercups

The other great thing about this time of year is all the young. We saw a great flotilla, that the right word, of goslings today. Lots of “ah how cute” comments!

goslings