Once again it’s the late spring Bank Holiday and time for the Crick Boat Show. All this came in one car and we’ve spent the day setting up our stand.
We’re looking forward to meeting lots of lovely people during the show. Please try to avoid the busy middle part of Saturday or Sunday if you’d like a long technical discussion about something. And, if you’d like an upgrade or update for your maps then please remember to bring details of your previous purchase(s).
Our corner stand is on the middle isle of the main marquee. I hope we’ll we see you there.
These three maps are now available as a set of three Maps saving 25% on the cost of purchasing them individually. They are available in both Acrobat (pdf) and Memory-Map (qct) Formats, as all my maps are.
These three DVDs are now available as a set of three DVDs saving 15% on the cost of purchasing them individually. They are available in the same Popular, Bowcam and Combined formats, as the rest of my DVDs are.
If you purchase a set of three Maps and a set of three DVDs at the same time there’s an extra 10% discount, as well as the 25% and 15% discounts described here so that makes them even better value.
The River Great Ouse and Tributaries DVDs are available in our usual three formats:-
Popular – like a television programme showing the highlights of the canal
Bowcam – a forward facing camera, speeded up for a little fun, showing the whole canal
Combined – both Popular and Bowcam in one box for the best of both worlds, saving money and postage.
Joining the River Great Ouse through Salters Lode Lock on the Middle Level Navigations we’ll show the tidal crossing to Denver Lock, then follow the river upstream to the limit of navigation at Bedford.
We’ll visit each of the connected navigable waterways including the Relief Channel and the Rivers Wissey, Little Ouse and Lark. We’ll cruise along the Cam into Cambridge, visiting Burwell, Reach and Wicken Lodes along the way.
We’ll also see the Great Ouse bore as we show the alternative tidal route along the New Bedford River.
The Popular and Combined DVDs each include an information booklet and a fold-out map.
The Canal & River Trust (CRT) issued an email this morning saying that the River Severn was now navigable after being in flood for several days.
The water levels were very raised when cycled there a few days ago, including the Droitwich Barge Canal and part of the Worcester & Birmingham Canal as I checked the data for my maps.
The recently installed sign at Droitwich Barge Canal’s Lock 2 had two flashing red lights in the “Do Not Proceed” indications although, despite numerous attempts, I couldn’t get them to show in the photos.
At Lock 1 of the Droitwich Barge Canal, which leads to Hawford Junction and the River Severn, the water was level across the lock and anyone foolish enough to try navigating could have opened both sets of gates and cruised straight through.
I doubt they would have had enough power to navigate upstream and they would have been travelling at more than ten miles per hour when they hit the first obstruction or low bridge downstream.
At Worcester, the water was level with the “towpath” and well over it in places.
You wouldn’t have been able to get a narrowboat under that bridge.
At Diglis Junction, where the Worcester & Birmingham Canal meets the River Severn, the water was near the top of the walls which are usually high above boaters.
That swing bridge would have needed opening for any boats to pass through but it’s normally so high that even vessels with short masts can pass under.
As with the Barge Canal, foolish boaters could have opened both sets of gates at the same time at Lock 1 on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal to cruise onto the River Severn.
The map updates discovered on this trip are now on the master map ready for publication in the April 2018 monthly update for my cruising maps.