In this vlog I bid farewell to Alan, Wendy and the dogs Max and Monty, and continue along the Trent and Mersey canal encountering a large plastic bag around my propellor, a lot of shallow canal edges and some quite pretty countryside too.
Here it is, the big crescendo to the River Soar trip – coming out at the end where it meets the Trent. Then I turn onto the Trent, and head onto the Trent & Mersey canal for continuing my Big 2017 Tour.
My voyage up the River Soar in Leicestershire continues, this time going from Loughborough up to Ratcliffe lock. On the way we – me and my convoy pals Alan, Wendy and the dogs Max and Monty – encounter Many Interesting Things.
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.