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Rivers & Canals Cruising Aboard my Narrowboat on the Rivers & Canals of England
2021 Gallery
Alkeny (later to be renamed “Tradewinds IV”) departed from the Nationwide Narrowboat Sales Boatyard at Thorne in South Yorkshire on Friday 5th March 2021 and passed through the lock from the Stainforth & Keadby Canal onto the River Trent at 0900-0930 the following day. High water was at 1213 on that day, so Alkeny should have had the flood tide helping her on her way towards our first overnight stop, at Torksey, but the fast flowing River Trent cancelled out any advantage. On the following day, Sunday 7th March 2021, we ascended the first River Trent lock, located at Cromwell, but then continued on to Newark-on-Trent where Kate, who had accompanied me since Keadby, disembarked. I then continued on to Hazelford Lock where I stopped for the night. Eventually after having been delayed by a lock closure for over a week I happily arrived in Mercia Marina late afternoon on Wednesday 17th March 2021. And so started my canal cruising life - the itinerary is available by clicking the button at the toolbar at the top of the page. My thanks to Kate, Steve and David for their invaluable assistance along the fast flowing River Trent and through the many locks of my first voyage. I learnt hugely from their knowledge and experience, and I much appreciated that they joined me.
Awaiting passage through the lock to the River Trent First overnight stop on the River Trent Still in tidal waters Delayed for a week because a lock ahead is closed for repairs She accompanied me on the tidal stretch of the River Trent Ashore at sunrise to emplty the cassette! Home at last Almost home! He helped me between Sawley Cut and Mercia Marina Helped me between Sawley Cut and Mercia Marina Enterring the Nottingham Canal My new base and my new home - a beautiful environment My new base and my new home - a beautiful environment
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From the Stainforth and Keadby Canal to the River Trent One of a few bridges I had to operate single handed on my first day Shortly after leaving the Nationwide Naroowboat Sales Boatyard at Thorne Even bridges look pretty! Picture from my drone taken not far to the west of Willington in Derbyshire Decommissioned now but great for drone flying. There cooling towers are 90m high and the associated power station used up to 8,000 tons of coal a day! On the towpath of the Trent & Mersey Canal near Willington in Derbyshire That's all the internal projects done! Beautiful spot popular with boaters and non-boaters I passed through this beautiful place on the Trent & Mersey Canal on 17th March 2021 Not my boat, but I passed through this point on 17th March 2021
I have shot video footage from many of the places included in the pictures of this gallery. Don’t forget that you can use the toolbar above or click here to see it.
Two 335w panels with a MPPT controller should make all the difference! Ed Shiers from "Four Counties Marine Services" fitted my new solar panels late April 2021. Excellent and very professional service. Enjoying a 20 years old glass of Cockburns Port to celebrate the purchase of my narrowboat and completion of all major projects Almost full output from the two 335w panels on a sunny April afternoon. Excellent So many birds of all species in Mercia Marina, it could of been any of them that marked the commissioning of my solar panels From my drone Two flights of 5 locks with a passing place half way comprise the Staircase Hardly wild - My new neighbours out for a walk My new neighbours out for an early morning walk with me! Alkeny has been removed and is now ready for the new name This wa the plan. The route was of course correct, but the number of days was much longer because of lock closure delays Track - 5th March 2021 Track - 6th March 2021 Track - 7th March 2021 Track - 8th March 2021 Track - 16th March 2021 Track - 17th March 2021
Here are the six daily tracks between Thorne in West Yorkshire to Mercia Marina in Derbyshire. A total distance of 108 miles.
The birdlife to be found at Mercia Marina I took my drone for a flight over this ancient castle, located onlt 6 miles from Mercia Marina I took my drone to fly over this spectacular viaduct in the Debyshire Dales I took my drone for a flight over the historic Magpie Lead Mine in the Derbyshire Dales I took my drone for a flight over the historic Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire I took my drone for a flight over Ashover Rocks in the Derbyshire Peak District. There was a "Doomsday" bunker underneath! I took my drone for a flight over the historic Codnor Castle in Derbyshire I took my drone for a flight over the historic Dale Abbey in Derbyshire I took my drone for a flight over the beautiful Ladybower Reservoir in the Debyshire Peak District I took my drone for a flight over the historic Sutton Scarsdale mansion Near Weston Lock in Derbyshire Just around the corner from Mercia Marina - the first place, and only 15 minutes by narrowboat or walking! Big family out exploring! My granddaughter Katie visited with her family Berthed by The Dragon Public House in Willington on the Trent & Mersey Canal My sailing buddy Bruce cme for a short cruise (Mercia Marina to Shardlow and back) Crewing on the Trent and Mersey Canal At the "Malt Shovel", Shardlow on the Trent & Mersey Canal From my drone - this is where Kate disembarked when I was bringing my newly acquired narrowboat from Yorkshire to Mercia Marina. From my drone From my drone At Mercia Marina Aboard Tradewinds IV at Mercia Marina Checking out Tradewinds IV They thought that Mercia Marina was a great place From my drone on a day out Historical village from my drone I stopped here for a night during my trip from South Yorkshire to Mercia Marina Editing drone video taken in the morning At Stafford Castle At Middle Peak Quarry in the Derbyshire Dales At Dukes Drive Viaduct, Buxton At Soloman's Temple in the Derbeyshire Peak District The Brindley Bank Aqueduct in Staffordshire is near Rugely Drove there to visit my sailing buddy Bruce for a weekend. The beautiful AllSaints Church from my drone With my sailing buddy Bruce Whilst visiting my buddy Bruce, we went to West Mersea Whilst visiting my buddy Bruce, we visited Wivenhoe Visited whils staying with my buddy Bruce for the weekend Whilst staying with my buddy Bruce, we visited this place and had lunch in the Butt & Oyster public house I flew my drone over this impressive school, where my son was a pupil until continuing on to University Spectacular! Flew my drone over this impressive castle Another interesting place visited with my drone The Ashby Canal Another Victorian structure to explore with my drone Former colliary now part of a country park from my drone From my drone Winter arrived early -5C outside this morning at 0700 Winter came early An early winter 29th November 2021 Flying my drone, but the wind was too strong for a good video My daughter Anne producd an excellent traditional Christmas Lunch Fantastic traditional Christmas lunch, plus Yorkshire Puddings! My daughter and her partner Jason My granddaughter Jessica and her partner Jono, and their newborn son Mason (born 11th December 2021) Born 11th December 2021 I flewmy drone over Burgh Island, on the South Hams coast of South Devon Flying my drone in the wind and sometimes above the clouds Spectacular pictures and video from my drone I flew my drone over this pretty area of South Devon Near Plymouth in Devon Overlooking Plymouth Hoe from my drone Clear is the Naval War Memorial and Smeaton's Lighthouse Drone flying over this spectacular historic railway bridge Delicious Christmas Dinner thanks to my daughter Anne and her partner Jay On Christmas Day My daughter strikes again - delicious buffet meal My daughter Anne with her long time partner Jay I visited twice tofly my drone, but on each occasioon the winds were too high A short distance from the marina - beautiful church, but not any good for drone flying