Saturday, 21 October 2017

Hollybush mooring

Wet and windy day. We decided that, if necessary, we would ask forgiveness for staying put. Ran the engine in the evening as there's very little from the solar.

0 miles,  1.5 engine hours

Hollybush Inn to Oak Meadow Ford Lock and back

Tim and Chris came for the day. Rain died away as they came, so we had a good day's boating, even if it was a bit chilly. The Churnet gauge was in the red at Oak Meadow Ford Lock, so we had lunch and then winded for the return journey. Tied up outside the Hollybush in the same place, but facing the other way.

7 miles, 6 locks, 6.6 engine hours

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Leek to the Hollybush Inn

Cool to start with, and rain before we arrived, which came on heavy after mooring up just short of the Hollybush Inn.

3.5 miles, 3 locks, 2.6 engine hours

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Milton to Leek

Set out just after 10. Cool but mostly dry day. Picked up water at Endon Bank. Canal very shallow and slow – with the water stop added almost an hour to the CanalPlan estimate. Winded before the Leek moorings and reversed into place.

7.5 miles, 6 locks, 2 lift bridges, 5.4 engine hours

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Barlaston to Milton

Very windy last night – took the aerial completely off the roof to stop it bouncing. Otherwise a good night.

Today was chilly but sunny. Got away around 9 and made good progress through the locks. Only the last two of the Stoke flight were against us. Water at Etruria. Then up the staircase. Trouble with the offside paddle on the very top gate meant the top chamber wouldn't fill until we realised what was wrong. After that, things were straightforward. Took the chimney off at Etruria in preparation for Bridge 9.

Canal very shallow, and leaves tended to gather round the prop. The lift-bridge now has a control panel on the towpath side, which makes everything easier. Nice to see more housing development along the canal in Stoke, including one estate with two kilns left as heritage-markers.

Tied up just beyond Bridge 19 in Milton, as usual.

10 miles, 9 locks, 1 lift bridge, 6.7 engine hours

Monday, 16 October 2017

Stone to Barlaston

Hurricane Ophelia day. Some rain overnight, and a bit more cloudy and blustery than promised. The third lock on the Meaford flight took a very long time to fill, with a lot of leaking. Tied up south of the bridge for the Wedgwood factory. It's a bit exposed to the wind, but not too and, and the TV signal is good.

Extraordinary sun / cloud combination at lunch time – got some good photos with a tripod.

3.8 miles, 6 locks, 2.8 engine hours

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Great Haywood to Stone

Wed 11th October: Drove to Bransgore
Thursday 12th October: Mgt's dental appointment + lots of washing
Friday 13th October: Drove back to Great Haywood

Today went to Shugborough for a celebratory birthday coffee and to get some honey for P/J & K/A – which they didn't have, so bought some Staffordshire honey from the Canal Farm Shop instead. The Shugborough Danish pastry was yummy!

Left the marina at about 12.30, and reversed out from the mooring because of the wind. Then a dry and sometimes sunny run to Stone. Boater who helped us through the first Stone lock told us of a space behind his boat on the Chandlery's moorings, where no-one would mind us staying over the weekend, so we tucked it in there, above the second lock.

9.6 miles, 6 locks, 4.7 engine hours

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Acton Trussell to Great Haywood

Nice day for travel, and stopped at Tixall Wide for lunch. Boater behind complimented me on the steering to moor technique! Got back to the marina mid-afternoon and got a pump-out (£19 with Blue, so £3 cheaper than Anglo-Welsh).

7.6 miles, 2 locks, 3.8 engine hours

Monday, 9 October 2017

Penkridge to Acton Trussell

Cloudy day, a bit of sun later. An oncoming boater said there was a tree across the cut at Radford, so we decided to stop at the "Marsh Harrier" field, above Deptmore lock. Nice relaxing afternoon, with just a bit of the M6 in the background.

3.8 miles, 5 locks, 2.5 engine hours

Sunday, 8 October 2017


Joined with the parish church – intriguing mix of evangelical theme and high church ritual. Went for lunch at the Star, and then stayed on our mooring for the day. SG was reading around 70 at 6 p.m., so figured there was no need to run the engine (65 by bedtime, 51 in the morning).

0 miles, 0 engine hours

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Cross Green to Penkridge

Cool, cloudy day for cruising. Very little traffic. Stopped at Gailey for water, came down five locks and moored up just after the Cross Keys pub, between Filance bridge and lock. Walked down into the village for some supplies and to see where we might have a roast dinner.

7.3 miles, 5 locks, 4 engine hours

Friday, 6 October 2017

Bridge 8, SUC to Cross Green

Largely fine day for travel, with a few spots of rain but also some sunshine. Called at Oxley Marine to get a 250 hour service done. We're only just over 230 hours, but we were passing so it seemed wise.

People cleaning hire boats at the Autherley Junction stop lock were completely blocking the landing. And then, while we were tied up at Oxley Marine, NB Marquis stopped for fuel and thought nothing of bumping us quite heavily.

Moored up just short of the Fox and Anchor Inn at Cross Green.

6.3 miles, 1 lock, 2.7 engine hours

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Norbury Junction to Bridge 8, SUC

Wrapped up well for this trip, but actually had a reasonable amount of sunshine.

The storm last night was not too bad. Rain in the evening but cleared up. The wind overnight sounded a little scary, but didn't bump Erin Mae around at all, partly because of the sheltered mooring. There were masses of leaves on the boat in the morning, which we cleared up after mooring up at the Bridge 8 VM.

12.5 miles, 1 lock, 5.3 engine hours

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Market Drayton to Norbury Junction

A long day – got cold. We wanted to find somewhere safe with a storm due overnight. Tied up on the 24 hour visitor moorings at Norbury.

Much trickier coming up the Tyrley flight than going down it. The bywash at some of the locks made getting into them without some bumps very tricky.

11.4 miles, 5 locks, 5.6 engine hours.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Audlem to Market Drayton

Went down to Moss Hall Winding Hole below Audlem Bottom Lock, winded and came back up to the water point to fill the tank. Then up the Audlem flight in fair weather than alternated between too hot and too cold. Decided to do the Adderley locks as well, so came all the way to Market Drayton, tying up on the Ladybird moorings as usual. Walked to Morrisons for a shop. Knackered!

6.5 miles, 22 locks, 6.8 engine hours


So windy, it was easy to justify staying put, which we wanted to do because of the Shroppie Fly folk session. That was a good evening.

Ran the engine for an hour morning and evening for hot water and charging.

0 miles, 2 engine hours

Sunday, 1 October 2017


Stayed on the mooring. Dull day with rain in the afternoon. Methodist church, Shroppie Fly for lunch, folk session to be Monday. Did not run the engine, but the SmartGauge was down to 56 by 10.30 p.m., so will need to run the engine in the morning.

0 miles

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Adderley to Audlem

Cloudy day, with  little sun. Got down to the moorings just as rain began. Found Adrian and Dawn on Chalico, and Adrian helped create space behind them for us, just below lock 13.

2.7 miles, 13 locks, 3 engine hours

Friday, 29 September 2017

Market Drayton to Adderley

Set off late morning, once the overnight rain was over. Dawdled the three miles to Adderley, came down the flight and tied up on the moorings at the bottom. After lunch we were going to go for a walk to the village, to see it and to find a spot with mobile signal or a WiFi hotspot, but the rain came on again heavy for a while. Eventually went for our walk about 4.45. Found a BT hotspot among the houses, and posted to the Erin Mae blog.

3.6 miles, 5 locks, 2.4 engine hours

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Gnosall to Market Drayton

With sun promised all day, but rain tomorrow and Sunday, decided to do a longer run than usual. All very straightforward, though we had to wait more than once for hirers to negotiate a bridge hole or a narrow section as they approached us. Tied up at "the Labybird moorings" in Market Drayton.

14 miles, 5 locks, 5.8 engine hours