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Willow Wren Training 1

On our journey south we passed the new Willow Wren Training Centre at Nelson's Wharf, near the bottom of Stockton Locks.

It's the most impressive waterway training centre I've ever seen and, when the finishing touches are made, it will look even better.


Willow Wren Training 2

With three training boats based there it's an ideal location for their excellent range of courses, including:-
> Boat Handling
> Marine Radio VHF SRC
> ICC CEVNI Testing
> Diesel Engine Maintenance
> First Aid
> Boatmaster Training


Willow Wren Training 3

Steve and Izzie Vaughan look after their students well. Here's Steve giving us a grand send off - while Izzie is working hard in the office.


Posted on Friday, 13 June 2014 at 22:39        Comments (0) 
Category(s): News

Jaq & Les

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Jaq & Les

Heading south on the Grand Union Canal at Hemel Hempstead I was hailed by two towpath walkers. Fortunately my brain worked quickly enough to greet Jaq & Les by name and we picked them up for a short ride back towards their boat.

Taking up their invite for tea and cake we spent a lovely hour with them on Valerie chatting about all sort of boating matters before continuing south. It was great to meet Jaq for the first time in person.


Posted on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 at 21:51        Comments (0) 
Category(s): Bloggers

Rendezvous with No Problem

It's over a week since we set off south from Sherborne Wharf, in Birmingham for our summer cruise.

A little co-ordination meant we could spend the first evening moored next to Sue and Vic on No Problem. It was a while since we had seen them and they were trying to stay cheerful after the long running problems with their engine. Hopefully that will be sorted soon, with another new engine.


Waterway Routes and No Problem

We shared Knowle Locks as we continued our journey south - leaving Vic and Sue heading for the waterpoint at the foot of the locks.


Lucy & Stephen

Our journey south was helped by friends Lucy & Stephen who joined us for the first two days. From Sherborne Wharf to Leamington Spa - that's 82 locks miles - and neither day was particularly long. A big thank you to both of them.

We're now at Berkhamsted as we head for Brentford ready to start filming the Grand Union Canal for the next in our series of Canal DVDs.


Posted on Monday, 9 June 2014 at 22:23        Comments (0) 
Category(s): No Problem

New Cruising Maps

New Cruising Maps

We've just released more Cruising Maps which cover:-

> Fossdyke & Witham and Tributaries
> River Trent

> Bedford and Milton Keynes Waterway (Proposed) – FREE
> Grantham Canal (Restoration) Cruising Map – FREE
> River Avon (Stratford) (Proposed Higher Navigation) Cruising Map – FREE
> River Slea and Horncastle Canal (Restoration) Cruising Map – FREE
> Wilts & Berks Canal (Restoration) Cruising Map – FREE
> Rivers Glen, Welland and Fens Link Cruising Map – FREE

As with all the others in the series these are available in two formats. The Acrobat (pdf) format is designed for printing in A4 sheets, or A5 if your eyesight is good enough. The Memory-Map (qct) format provides seamless mapping on Computers, Laptops, Android and iPhone/iPad devices and provides real-time tracking like a sat-nav on GPS enabled devices.

These are available for download or, for just £1 extra plus postage, they are available on CD in a box as well as by download, which gives you a tangible product which can be gift wrapped for a present.

The good news is that, like all the other maps for the restoration and proposed new projects, the last six on the list, are free to download.



Like all our other maps these come with a year of cost price updates - that's free if you ask for a new download link or £1 plus postage for a CD in a box.

All our maps have been updated this week, with all the latest waterway changes we know about and with new Ordnance Survey Background maps. They are all at issue 26, as shown on the list of Maps Issued

Our England & Wales Cruising Maps now include these new releases. If you have purchased an England & Wales Cruising Map in the last 12 months then you are entitled to a cost price update (£1 plus postage) to include these maps. If it is more than 12 months since purchase then you can still upgrade but there is a small charge to cover the cost of keeping the maps up to date.

For any updates just email maps@waterwayroutes.co.uk for a new download link or no-obligation quote. Please include enough information so we can identify your original purchase, such as order number, CD/DVD number, or name and address.



We will be at the Crick Boat Show this weekend - in the Kingfisher Marquee. Please say hello if you are visiting.

If you would like to update or upgrade to the latest maps then it would be helpful, but not essential, to email in advance so I can have the paperwork ready.


Black Country Ring DVD
Another great pair of canal DVDs are released from Waterway Routes covering the Black Country Ring .

Our cruise will take us clockwise around the Black Country Ring from Old Turn Junction.

We'll use the Old Main Line for our journey through the Birmingham Canal Navigations and descend the Wolverhampton 21 locks to reach Aldersley Junction.

The individual locks of the Staffs & Worcester Canal and the Trent & Mersey Canal take us through Great Haywood Junction to Fradley Junction.

A lock free section leads us Fazeley Junction before we climb the locks of the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal to return to Birmingham.

Around the ring we see a delightful mixture of urban and rural scenes.


Black Country Ring DVDs
These are 1 hour DVDs retailing at £12.95 for the Popular version (rather like a television programme) and £7.95 for the Bowcam version (a speeded up forward facing camera for a little fun).

There’s also a Combined version at £19.90, with both Popular and Bowcam in one box saving £1 on the separate prices (and at least 90p postage).

They are in stock now, just waiting for you to order them, or any from our great range of canal DVDs.


Black Country Ring Cruising Maps
These DVDs are supported by the Black Country Ring Cruising Maps, available in Acrobat (pdf) and memory-Map (qct) formats.



The Black Country Ring DVDs (and all the Waterway Routes DVDs) as well as lots of other great ideas are also available from The Canal Shop Company


Posted on Saturday, 29 March 2014 at 12:22        Comments (0) 
Category(s): Black Country Ring , DVDs


 
 
 
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