In which I continue in convoy up the River Soar through Leicestershire, going from Birstall to Loughborough which is a place of Special Memories for me.
After much anticipation, and a cruise up to Kilby from Braunston, I am finally ready to attack my first river on the narrowboat. It’s the River Soar which runs through Leicester and I’m being joined by another boat to ease my fears of river boating.
This is not a vlog. This is a bonus extra video (wooo!) since the weekend I did this jaunt was so sunny and lovely, and I had so much extra footage I couldn’t fit into the last vlog so this is a pure compilation of scenic footage from the trip from Crick, past Yelvertoft up to Foxton and on to Kilby on my narrowboat.
It’s time to move the narrowboat on from Crick and I’m heading north up the Grand Union Leicester line to Kilby (via the always impressive Foxton locks). Once there I’ll wait for some friends to join me for the next stage of this year’s trip.
In the second of my cruise vlogs for this year I move the boat from Braunston to Crick. This involves a lot of locks with which I had a lot of help, thankfully. There are also two tunnels and some lovely mooring spots. Join me!
It’s time for my 2017 Grand Tour to begin! Firstly I had to put in to Hillmorton Wharf for a fix of my leaking fuel pipes on the boat’s Lister Petter LPWS4 engine, then it was off – very gently – to Braunston. This’ll be a bit of an amble for the first few days as I’m scheduled to meet someone at Kilby near Leicester in the middle of the month.
What better day than April 1st to upload a new item for the channel, in which I take a look at some top news stories that might be doing the rounds about narrowboating and the UK canals. Ahem.
Cast your mind back to the videos I did about buying a narrowboat and you may recall a brief mention of “share ownership” – that’s what this vlog is about. How do you own part of a boat, who else owns it, and how does the system work when it comes to using the boat?
There is a surprising amount of unused bits of canal across the UK, in varying states of decay. In this vlog I take a look at two separate projects which are digging out and restoring parts of the original route of the North Oxford canal.
With only a few weeks to go until I set off on my Grand Spring Tour, I’ve decided to go through the boat and check I’ve got everything I think I have. So in this video I’m rummaging around in the port side well deck locker and taking stock of what’s what. I’ll do the starboard side locker in the next vlog!