Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Netherton tunnel - From Above

Today we went for a walk. We decided to walk over the top and see if we could find the vents.

It wasn't as easy as all that as there is quite a bit of it under private areas with no access but we tried.

Just up from the North portal is Tividale park and from there we got this view.

Then the tunnel goes under a housing estate.

This was spot number 2.

Then the most unusual one.

Is that a roundabout in the distance?

Actually, it's not a roundabout, the road just passes either side of it.

Spot number 4 has a label on it.

Unfortunately after this the tunnel goes under private land with no access or public footpaths.

We were following a footpath when we noticed a stile to our right and a well walked path which did not appear on the map. Well why not? So we followed it and we're very glad we did.

And then as we approached Bumble Hole one final one.

And finally we'd made it overground.

I'm not sure how many vents remain, but we were pleased with finding so many.

We pressed on along the Dudley number 2 canal.

This is where Titanic's anchors were made.

We finally reached the Dudley Tunnel where we left the canal and walked around the Wrens Nest. A great day.

Thursday, 24 August 2017


We made it to Welford yesterday. It was very busy but we managed to get a two day mooring and then had a hugely enjoyable afternoon with Sue and Ray on NB Fringillidae.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

I'm inclined to like Foxton

Today we decided to cruise past the Welford Arm and go to Foxton

Alison took some pictures en-route.

Foxton has two staircases of 5 locks each. This is from the top.

Half way down looking up.

And from the bottom.

We were more interested however in the remains of the inclined plane which ran for the first 10 years of the last century.
The first glimpse was from the car park.

They had huge pulleys to pull the caissons with the bots in.

We walked to the bottom of the plane.

And the climbed it.

Half way up.

And the view from the top.

There is a replica rail to see.

And an old barge as it would have been.

It is clear to see where the ropes and rails would have run.

And the arm to the plane is still in water.

Which provided a lovely view for us.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Crick without the boat show

Today we started our holiday with Dorothy.

We set off from the marina and headed for new water.

We went to Braunston and through the locks.

Then through the tunnel and onto uncharted (for us) Grand Union water.

Then we had to enter the Watford Gap lock flight.

This contains a staircase of 4 locks. We have only done 2 before so 4 was interesting. The front gates as always were huge.

Then we went through our second long tunnel of the day, Crick tunnel at just under a mile. At least this was straight. Braunston tunnel has more dog legs than a pack of hounds.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Safely Home

We have made it to our new Marina and safely moored despite the wind.

The water is surprisingly clear and although this picture doesn't really show it, we can see the tiller clearly.

It's nice to be back, we are happy with our berth, but hopefully off again soon.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Back to Rugby

Yesterday we made it back to Newbold but couldn't find a mooring where we didn't clang against the cill.
Therefore we moved on to Rugby and got a very nice mooring with mooring rings by Tesco. We shall use these again.

The canal was relatively quiet yesterday

And as picturesque as ever.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Sutton Stop

We are back on Magpie II and did have made it to Hawkesbury Junction.

We only have 4 days so will turn round tomorrow and head back to the new marina. Our berth is ready so all I have to do is steer into it.

Last night we moored at Newbold but no photos unfortunately. We still banged on the shelf which I really don't like.

The north Oxford is lovely

But few mooring points and virtually no winding points.

We'll get used to it.