Leaving Sherborne Wharf

We’re leaving our home mooring at Sherborne Wharf for our summer cruise (not permanently). We’ll be back here around the end of August.

Waterway Routes moored at Sherborne Wharf on the Oozells Street Loop of the Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN)

Tomorrow (Tuesday) we’re heading for Wolverhampton, hopefully reaching the bottom of the 21 lock flight by late afternoon.

We’re heading for Yorkshire, initially via Great Haywood Junction then Fradley Junction where we hope to be trading on Friday and Saturday.  Please come and see us if you are nearby.

Map Updates – Issue 76 – June 2018

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I’m pleased to announce the June 2018 updates to my cruising maps are now available.

Having been busy with the Crick Boat Show there aren’t as many updates this month as normal.  There are many maps with very minor changes but those with the most updates are:-

You can update your map to the latest version – cost price for the next six issues after purchase, then a small charge after that. You can also upgrade to a larger map. Just email paul@waterwayroutes.co.uk with details of your existing maps for a no obligation quote.

Crick 2018

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.

Ready to assemble our stand at the Crick Boat Show 2018
Starting to set up our stand at the Crick Boat Show 2018
Almost completed stand at the Crick Boat Show 2018

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.

Waiouru

Some blog readers will remember Tom and Jan, former owners of narrowboat Waiouru who have now returned to Australia.

Tom blogged regularly about their travels around the waterways and their use of my Waterway Routes Maps.

Tom has continued blogging about their time in Australia and has just let Jan make a post on their blog, which is well worth a read if your sense of humour is like mine.

Map Updates – Issue 75 – May 2018

I’m pleased to announce the May 2018 updates to my cruising maps are now available.

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As usual, many of the maps have changes this month – those with the most changes are:-

You can update your map to the latest version – cost price for the next six issues after purchase, then a small charge after that. You can also upgrade to a larger map. Just email paul@waterwayroutes.co.uk with details of your existing maps for a no obligation quote.

Sets of 3 Maps or 3 DVDs

We have three Maps and three DVDs covering the waterways of the Fens.  These are now available in sets of three at discounted prices.

Sets of 3 Maps and set of 3 DVDs

They are still available individually as

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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.

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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.

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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.

If you are cruising to the IWA Festival of Water 2018 at St Neots then these Maps and DVDs will help you plan your journey, and show family and friends where you’ve been afterwards.

River Great Ouse and Tributaries DVDs

I am pleased to say our River Great Ouse and Tributaries DVDs have just been released.

River Great Ouse and Tributaries DVD Cover (Combined Version)

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.
River Great Ouse and Tributaries DVDs. Popular, Bowcam and Combined (left to right)

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.

Route covered by the River Great Ouse and Tributaries DVDs

The Popular and Combined DVDs each include an information booklet and a fold-out map.

Contents of the River Great Ouse and Tributaries Combined DVD. Includes both Popular and Bowcam discs, a fold-out map and an information booklet.

Enjoy these waterways from the comfort of your armchair. These River Great Ouse and Tributaries DVDs, or any others from our range of waterway DVDs, are great for planning your cruise, or just for fun.

We also have the River Great Ouse and Tributaries Maps which are available to download in both Acrobat (pdf) and Memory-Map (qct) formats.

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The River Great Ouse and Tributaries Maps are also available on CD in a presentation box which makes them ideal for giving as a present.

River Great Ouse and Tributaries Map presentation box (thin DVD size)
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You can save 10% by purchasing a River Great Ouse and Tributaries DVD and Map in the same transaction.

Map Updates – Issue 74 – April 2018

I’m pleased to announce the April 2018 updates to my cruising maps are now available.

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As usual, many of the maps have changes this month – those with the most significant changes are:-

You can update your map to the latest version – cost price for the next six issues after purchase, then a small charge after that. You can also upgrade to a larger map. Just email paul@waterwayroutes.co.uk with details of your existing maps for a no obligation quote.

Level Access

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.

Strong Stream Information at Droitwich Barge Canal Lock 2.
Strong Stream Information at Droitwich Barge Canal Lock 2.

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.

Raised water levels at Droitwich Barge Canal Lock 1.

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.

Raised water levels in Worcester.

You wouldn’t have been able to get a narrowboat under that bridge.

Raised water levels in Worcester.

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.

Raised water levels at Diglis Junction.

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.

Raised water levels at Worcester & Birmingham Canal Lock 1.

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.

Map Updates – Issue 73 – March 2018

I’m pleased to announce the March 2018 updates to my cruising maps are now available.

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As usual, many of the maps have changes this month – those with the most significant changes are:-

You can update your map to the latest version – cost price for the next six issues after purchase, then a small charge after that. You can also upgrade to a larger map. Just email paul@waterwayroutes.co.uk with details of your existing maps for a no obligation quote.