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Jul 28, 2018 - whitley lock 53º41.25N 1º8.31W

A fairly short trip today with a late start after yesterday's long one. This sign looks relatively new, but the Colliery is long dead. We decided this was a nice place to stop and the wind was getting quite strong, so we tied up before the rain came. And the swans thought we had something for them - but alas we didn't. There were 2 fishermen on the opposite bank and the swans kept bothering them, so they were being shooed away every few minutes. And the fishermen stayed through all the wind and rain - only seemed to catch tiddlers...

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Jul 27, 2018 - Ferry Bridge 53º42.47N 1º15.51W

We're back on the river and wider canals - hooray. Although the canal was lovely it's great to have some space and much deeper water. We had 7 locks today - all electric operated, so just turn the key and push buttons and it all happens automagically! They are huge locks and use an awful amount of water - we did share a couple of them with another boat. We had aimed to stay at Castleford tonight, but there wasn't any mooring space available so we had to travel for another hour to Ferry Bridge. That's the only problem with the...

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Jul 26, 2018 - Leeds

We're back in Leeds after another 12 locks. We had assistance from the CRT guys for the first 2 sets of 3 locks and then the rest were doubles and singles where we were on our own. So a longish day and pretty tired by the time we tied up. After a bit of a sit down we showered and went off to find a half decent pizza for dinner We passed this "boat" on our way to Liverpool before Christmas - the bloke is apparently towing/pulling the boat to raise money and trying to get to London. The story changes depending on who you speak to. The...

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Jul 24, 2018 - Rodley

We arrived at Rodley late on Saturday afternoon, after another 5 locks. We're always on the lookout for dead bodies in the woods - to date we haven't seen any!! I'm sure that's a good thing! We followed this boat down from Shipley and shared lock duties then at the top of the 2 rise locks he had to turn around to take his passengers back to Shipley, but he doesn't have thrusters in his boat and it was going to be very tight to turn. So Tony lent him a long rope which he tied to the bow and then a couple of blokes helped to pull...

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Feb 10, 2018 - Half way (Rishton 53º46.19N 2º25.18W)

We passed the half way marker between Leeds and Liverpool today. It was blowing a gale when we left this morning and we had some trouble holding the boat while opening the first swing gate. The wind calmed down after about an hour which made it much easier to control. These are the Aspen Coke Ovens - the remains of Beehive ovens used for making coke. The only remains of the coal industry in this area. The town we are in, Rishton, was a Saxon village, the first place to weave calico in 1764. Here we had a chuckle - Walmsley is my...

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Feb 9, 2018 - Clayton-Le-Moors 53º46.44N 2º21.49W

Today dawned bright and beautiful So we set off only to be thwarted by a low bridge and had to stop to lower the wheelhouse. It was quite breezy going so as soon as we had gone through the 2 bridges we found the first available mooring site and stopped. Once settled and all intact again we went for a stroll which took us through St. Mary's Burial Ground. They fitted a lot of family members into this grave!!! The earliest death we could find was in the 1830's. very interesting.

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Feb 7, 2018 - fruzzed in!!

The weather bureau got it right for once And it snowed for most of yesterday, then the canal froze and it was -3º overnight. The magpies didn't seem to care though And it didn't stop people walking along the towpath. Tony is tickled by some of the road signs - this one in particular, he says it looks like a little old lady picking the pockets of the old fellow in front!!

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Feb 5, 2018 - Here we go again (53º47.2277N 2º16.5895W) Rose Grove

We've made it to the white wall!!! will we see the white walkers on the other side??ha ha. (Now we'll see who watches Game of Thrones) Another tunnel - not happy Jan!! This tunnel is a lot shorter than the last one with just a tad more room (about 6 inches!) Happy to be at the end. at least I didn't get dripped on and soaking wet this time. The Pussy Willow is blooming - Easter must be just around the corner. They've had easter eggs and hot cross buns in the supermarkets since New Years Day!! We had a bit of trouble manouvering...

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Feb 4, 2018 - Coppers everywhere!!

On our trip to return the rental car yesterday the traffic was mad and there were police everywhere. The horse boxes were parked behind the shopping centre But, of course, it was Saturday and there was a football match on - Burnley v Manchester City. The whole Police force must have been present in and around the town. The car rental fella was telling us that there are only 2000 "away" seats available and they leave quite a gap between the Home seats and the away seats to avoid any confrontation between the 2 sides!!! They are just...

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Feb 1, 2018 - Snow again

A light dusting of snow covered the boat when we arose, and the nearby hills were white. We rented a car today and went off to get a few things, then went to Skipton for lunch with the intention of going to the market - but I got my days mixed up and the market was yesterday (or tomorrow!). Not to worry, we'll find one tomorrow somewhere. Then we drove to Malham, had a walk around the village and then drove up across the top of Malham Tarn. Spectacular views all around. Had to be aware of the wandering sheep. This cave looks...

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Jan 31, 2018 - Hail, rain & shine !!!!!! 53º47.134N 2º14.508W

What a day!! Nice views of the surrounding countryside, lots of unexplained articles floating just under the water so we don't see them until we drive over them (logs, shopping trolleys etc), then the roof had to come down (twice - as we put it back up after the bridge not expecting any more, silly billys), and while the windows were down we had rain, sleet and snow in short, sharp showers followed by periods of sunshine!! a bit like Melbourne really only colder!!!!!!! We're now in Burnley for a few days. We're renting a car...

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Jan 30, 2018 - A long, tiring day

Yesterday was so windy there were whitecaps on the reservoir!!! We nearly got blown away trying to walk along the path. But we made it into Colne and passed the house where the bandmaster on the Titanic once lived. Today was long and tiring - we started by filling up with water which took nearly an hour and a half, pressure was dribbly!! Then we had 7 locks to operate. And we are now going down hill. So 2 hours later we were at the bottom of the locks and then made our way to the nearest Morrisons supermarket where they had a...

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