Lord Toulouse Cruise Summer 2014

If you want to skip the text, run down to the bottom of the page for links to the pictures and maps of this years journey.

Our cruise this year took us from Burley, where LT had over wintered to her new winter home in Droitwich.

We started our trip much later than last year on July 5th and headed along the Leeds and Liverpool towards Leeds.
By July 8th we had reached Skipton and stayed until the 10th in this delightful town. The views across the countryside must be some of the best, on any of the canal system in the UK. From here we travelled down into Leeds with the help of Andrew and Sheila Goodland, who had travelled by car to Shipley and helped us into Leeds. We were in Leeds from July 15th to 19th.
 
The journey along the L&L was testing to say the least. LT is 62 feet long and most of the locks are 62 feet. This meant we had to put LT into each lock diagonally. On most of the locks we deliberately dropped LT very slowly but even so, there were two occasions when she got caught and rapid closing of paddles was in order. Fortunately LT rose to the occasion and lived to chugg another day.
 
From Leeds we experienced the delights of the huge large locks where LT bobbed around like a cork. Through Castleford and onto the Selby canal. Apart from the duck and other weed, this is a delightful canal.
 
Then the challenge of the tidal River Ouse to York. It was now July 22nd and we had a lovely couple of days exploring York before leaving on the 24th. It was a shame we could not stop longer but we would return later in the trip by car. Returning back the same way, we now headed for Strawberry Island in Doncaster.
 
We returned home to Evesham and collected our granddaughter who stayed with us for almost a week. One of her days with us was spent at the tourist spots of York. I would recommend Enterprise car hire for travelling boaters. We pick you up, and they certainly do, from anywhere!
 
We left Strawberry island an AWCC club, on August 12th and headed for Thorn on the Stainforth and Keadby Canal, staying here for couple of days. This quaint, rather small market town, is an interesting stop with good moorings.
The wonders of the tidal River Trent took us to Keadby
, Lincoln and Boston. Some say this stretch of river is boring however we found it quite the opposite.
 
We left Boston for the return journey on August 17th stopping briefly at Burton Water marina before heading off towards Nottingham via the River Trent and Torksey. We stopped a couple of days in Newark and then 3 days in Nottingham.
 
The Erewash canal was an addition to our journey. Geoff and Beryl Smith on Nb Minimo (minimum Momentum) had graciously been travelling with us for much of this years cruise. Andrew’s health problem meant he had to rest some of the time but having lock assistance made progress much easier. Wendy normally steered LT and Andrew set locks etc.
 
Leaving the Erewash, we entered familiar waters, having travelled on the Trent and Mersey canal some years ago. Through Alrewas, Polesworth and onto Grendon Dock, for LT to be blacked. The story of LT’s blacking would take up many pages, suffice to say, think carefully before booking!

Returning to Alvecote for the Cutweb Rally and a week for us to return home, took us from September 13th – 27th. It was now the home run. We took the Curdworth flight, which set us up nicely for the Aston and Famers Bridge flights. We were helped here by Geoff & Beryl, who travelled from home in Stoke on Trent just for us returning the same day. Overnighting in Gas Street Basin, Birmingham, we then set off for Bourneville, where Wendy’s Brother Bob joined us and stayed with us all the way down Tardebigge and into Droitwich on October 3rd. LT is now moored at Droitwich Marina. 3 locks down from the Worcester and Birmingham canal.
 
427 Miles - 252 Locks

So, not quite the trip originally planned, however, we still achieved our 30 year goal of completing most of the canals LT is able to travel.

2015? Who knows.

There are a lot of pictures here:-
 
https://picasaweb.google.com/103793741229054595743?noredirect=1

A complete map showing daily mooring stops here:-

http://goo.gl/maps/BU8vf