I am also interested. When you first started posting that you had gone to England and the canal system, I found an old article in a magazine at the doctors off about the canals and rebuilding them. quite interesting.
Last Wednesday I was at ST. Cross Hospital in Rugby, picked up a Classic Car magazine from the pile, dated August 2009! Bryan, I'm afraid we are about as far North (Hawkesbury Junction, Coventry) as we will reach this time. Too many off days! Working on dating and locating pictures for a "yarn" right now.
For the first part of this year's planned cruise (intended destination to get up onto the Peak Forest Canal in Derbyshire) we were covering old ground so the camera did not get that much of a work out. We left the marina late in the morning on May 31st., turned left (to go North) and immediately had to dodge a repair crew rebuilding the tow path! Intended destination for the day, the Wharf at Fenny Compton. Phill took the tiller for the 3 locks that we managed, then while waiting our turn for lock #4 (Claydon Bottom Lock) I got hit by a passing isobar. We waved the boat behind us past, then backed up so we were not occupying the lock landing and moored up. A nice sunny day, quite pleasant to sit and watch the world go by. more to come.
The lock at Hawkesbury Junction, 1.25 miles in front of us was damaged underwater Monday pm, and is closed until repaired. There is no alternate route, and the lock is between us and the next winding hole (turning point) water and waste facility. The NEAREST winding hole is about 1/4 mile behind, took another boat about an hour to back down to it yesterday afternoon. Narrowboats do not do backwards very well, but I might have to try it today, if the weather co-operates.
Right, back in time again. June 1st was a stay put day, except we managed a short walk up to Claydon Middle Lock. June 2nd started with Phill feeling unwell, no breakfast for her! However I was OK and as I can no longer predict a good day ahead of time, we moved off. Claydon Flight has 5 locks, no pictures, as I forgot to grab the camera. P did most of the steering while opened and closed them. One approach had an impact that caused the previously cracked glass in the cabin wood burning stove to break completely, no problem, as I have a spare. Once at the summit, yes we are back on the highest pound of the Oxford Canal (about 300’ above sea level), there are no more locks until the Napton flight’s 9 locks drop us down to meet the Grand Union at Napton Junction. However that is for another day, as we moored up at Fenny Compton, near a pub and so we can replenish supplies with a Tesco delivery. Before we reached there we had problems with lift bridge 141, which resulted in a broken window. AS the glass is still in place I will not need to cut some plywood to fill the hole. This bridge is normally left in the raised position, but people were working in an adjacent field and had lowered it for access. Some repair work had been done during the winter, and this has upset the balance to the point that Phill was unable to raise it, and I let GARNET hit it while I was manoeuvring so I could get off and add my weight to the problem. I called Canal & River Trust to report the problem,and it will be looked at.
Not moving now until Monday, this is 14 day spot, David (P’s brother) is meeting us for Sunday lunch bringing our postal ballot papers for the upcoming election, then Tesco’s delivery on Monday. M&P
Ay oop, someone mentioned fish. Are there actually fish in those canals? If so, is it legal to catch them? And if you do, are they fit to eat? (I'm thinking about carp and other fish that aren't fit to eat without extreme cooking issues ....)
That would certainly add some benefit to canal living to make up for the lock repairs and dodgy bridges ... !
Lannis, yes there are fish in the canals, legal to catch but you need a rod (or net) license to fish at all, and the actual rights to fishing are usually owned by a local angling club, from whom you have to buy a day permit. Not being an angler, I presume every so often a club member will walk their stretch to check on and issue permits as required. Edible? Can't answer that, I'm happy to eat the crayfish (once caught these are supposed to be killed and not returned), but someone else here might know. There are a lot of angling competitions held along the waterways over here, I think they are on "catch and release", bit of a pain when cruising as you have to pass them all (perhaps a hundred rods) at tick-over to avoid scaring the fish, and you can't moor there until they have gone home. The marina has carp in it, these are monsters, because the management will not allow fishing in the basins, but the locals can be seen opposite on the towpath the entrance doing long casts to try for them.
Lannis, yes there are fish in the canals, legal to catch but you need a rod (or net) license to fish at all, and the actual rights to fishing are usually owned by a local angling club, from whom you have to buy a day permit.
I know what I'd do ... I'd have a very unobtrusive couple of trot-lines over the side as I cruised along, and pull them in at night when it's dark, and have a bit of a fish-fry. Maybe not totally legal but I suppose we Virginians have a centuries old attitude toward game wardens ... it's like a little contest ... !