River Wey and Basingstoke Canal DVDs

I am pleased to say our River Wey and Basingstoke Canal DVDs have just been released and they will make great Christmas presents.

River Wey and Basingstoke Canal DVD cover (combined version)
River Wey and Basingstoke Canal DVD cover (combined version)

The River Wey and Basingstoke Canal 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 Wey and Basingstoke Canal DVDs. Popular, Bowcam and Combined (left to right).
River Wey and Basingstoke Canal DVDs.
Popular, Bowcam and Combined (left to right).

Starting at Weybridge and the junction with the River Thames we cruise along the River Wey, past Woodham Junction and through lovely open countryside to reach Dapdune Wharf in Guildford and the limit of navigation at Godalming.

From Woodham Junction, we work the locks on the Basingstoke Canal and pass the visitor centre at Mytchett. We operate the swing and lift bridges on our way to the limit of navigation at Greywell Tunnel.

Continuing on foot, we follow the route of the abandoned canal into Basingstoke.

Route covered by the River Wey and Basingstoke Canal DVDs
Route covered by the River Wey and Basingstoke Canal DVDs

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

Contents of the River Wey and Basingstoke Canal Combined DVD. Both Popular and Bowcam discs, a fold-out map and an information booklet.
Contents of the River Wey and Basingstoke Canal Combined DVD.
Both Popular and Bowcam discs, a fold-out map and an information booklet.

Enjoy these lovely waterways from the comfort of your armchair. These River Wey and Basingstoke Canal DVDs, or any others from our range of waterway DVDs, will make great Christmas presents. Why not treat your family and friends, or start dropping hints about what you would like for Christmas.

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

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Extract from the River Wey and Basingstoke Canal Map

The River Wey and Basingstoke Canal Maps are also available on CD in a presentation box which makes them another great Christmas present idea.

River Wey and Basingstoke Canal Map presentation box (thin DVD size)
River Wey and Basingstoke Canal Map presentation box (thin DVD size)

A big thank you to the Basingstoke Canal Authority and the National Trust for permission to film along their waterways.

Map Updates – November 2016 – Issue 56

I’m pleased to announce the November 2016 updates to my cruising maps are now available.

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Extract from free Cromford, Derby, Nottingham and Nutbrook Canals Cruising Map

You can see a full list of the latest issue of the maps, but those with significant changes this month are:-

Remember, you can update your map to the latest version – free during the first year and 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.

Map Updates – October 2016 – Issue 55

I’m pleased to announce the October 2016 updates to my cruising maps are now available.

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Extract from Grand Union Canal Map

You can see a full list of the latest issue of the maps, but those with significant changes this month are:-

Remember, you can update your map to the latest version – free during the first year and 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.

Christmas Posting Dates – 2016

Christmas Present
Christmas Presents

Our Cruising Maps (available on CD as well as by download) and our Canal DVDs make great ideas for Christmas Presents, but please remember to order in time.

The Post Office publish latest recommended posting dates for Christmas and you need to order from us by these dates for 2016:

UK Tuesday 20th December
USA/Canada Wednesday 14th December
Western Europe Tuesday 13th December
Eastern Europe Tuesday 6th December
Rest of World Friday 2nd December

If you order from us after these dates we will still post the order promptly, but is unlikely to arrive in time for Christmas. The earlier you order, the more certain you can be of arrival in time for Christmas.

Map Updates – September 2016 – Issue 54

I’m pleased to announce the September 2016 updates to my cruising maps are now available.

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Extract from Leeds & Liverpool Canal Map

You can see a full list of the latest issue of the maps, but those with significant changes this month are:-

 

 

IWA Festival of Water – Pelsall

The IWA Festival of Water 2016 takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend.  This year it’s at Pelsall at the junction of the Wyrley & Essington Canal and the Cannock Extension Canal, towards the northern edge of the Birmingham Canal Navigations.

Moored at Pelsalll for the IWA Festival of Water 2016
Moored at Pelsalll for the IWA Festival of Water 2016

Waterway Routes is already there.  The Cheese boat will be behind us and the Jam Butty in front.

Entertainment on the common too.
Entertainment on the common too.

There will be land based entertainment as well as the trading boats.

The WRGies tackle anything
The WRGies tackle anything

The Waterway Recovery Group volunteers are busy tackling all the impossible jobs, like relocating a portable toilet which is too heavy to lift, using a pallet and a mini tractor.  I wonder if anyone was in it.

Please come and say hello if you are visiting the show.

 

Shrewsbury and Newport Canals

The Shrewsbury Canal once ran from Shrewsbury to Wappenshall Junction where it met the Newport Canal which ran to meet the Shropshire Union Canal at Norbury Junction.

Route of the Shrewsbury and Newport Canals
Route of the Shrewsbury and Newport Canals

Branches included the Donnington Wood Canal and the Shropshire Canal ran south to reach Coalbrookdale and Coalport on the River Severn.  I have just released my detailed maps for the Shrewsbury and Newport Canals which, like all my maps for restoration projects are free to download.

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Extract from Shrewsbury and Newport Canals Map

The Shrewsbury and Newport Canals are proposed for restoration with lots more information available from The Shrewsbury and Newport Canals Trust.

Map Updates – August 2016 – Issue 53

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Extract from Lee & Stort Navigations Map

I’m pleased to announce the August 2016 updates to my cruising maps are now available.

You can see a full list of the latest issue of the maps, but those with significant changes this month are:-

Remember, you can update your map to the latest version – free during the first year and 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.

Free Central Heating

We may be hoping it stays too hot to need the central heating on our boat for a while but, sooner or later, we will need it working.

For the last two winters we have had free central heating on our boat, at least while the engine is running, after making one simple change. We’ve added an extra pump to the central heating circuit.

When the engine is running it heats the water in the calorifier through the first calorifier coil, with the rest of the engine heat wasted through the skin tanks as it heats the canal.

Free Central Heating Circuit
Free Central Heating Circuit

As originally installed the water in the calorifier can also be heated by the Webasto diesel powered central heating unit through the second calorifier coil.  We’ve now installed an additional pump, shown in red on the diagram, which pumps water around the central heating system without the Webasto unit using any diesel.

With the new pump switched on the engine heats the water in the calorifier through the first coil and the heat is picked up through the second coil and pumped through the radiators.  The new pump is wired with an on/off switch to the engine ignition circuit so it can only work when the engine is running.

The pump is a Jabasco 59510-0012 12v pump which has low resistance to water flow when switched off so the Webasto central heating will still work as normal when the new pump is switched off.

The result is that, within fifteen minutes of starting the engine, we have radiators throughout the boat which are hotter than when we run the Webasto unit, with no noticeable drop in the hot water temperature.

Whenever we are cruising, or just running the engine to charge the batteries, we have central heating available on demand, with no measurable running costs.

The Webasto unit can be used to keep the radiators warm during the evening, or to heat them in the morning.  And our stove can supply additional warmth too.

Don’t wait until it gets cold before fitting one yourself.

Susan’s Graduation

Our daughter and crew member, Susan’s graduation ceremony was this afternoon, in the Symphony Hall in Birmingham.

Susan robed up before the ceremony.
Susan robed up before the ceremony.
Happy parents too.
Happy parents too.
Looking down into the hall with Susan waiting before the ceremony.
Looking down into the hall with Susan waiting before the ceremony.
Susan's turn on the stage.
Susan’s turn on the stage.

Susan graduated as
Bachelor of Science in Dimensions in Health Care
(Paediatric Intensive Care)

with First Class Honours.

Mum, capturing the moment afterwards.
Mum, capturing the moment afterwards.

Watch Susan’s graduation moments.

Well done Susan.

Back to work soon as Junior Sister in the Intensive Care Wards at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.