Map Updates – September 2016 – Issue 54

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

Extract from Leeds & Liverpool Canal Map
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.

Extract from Shrewsbury and Newport Canals Map
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

Extract from Lee & Stort Navigations Map
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.

Map Updates – July 2016 – Issue 52

Extract from Trent & Mersey Canal Map
Extract from Trent & Mersey Canal Map

I’m pleased to announce the July 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.

Happy customers

I am always pleased to receive feedback, and lots of my customers sent lovely feedback during June.

Extract from River Wey and Basingstoke Canal map.
Extract from River Wey and Basingstoke Canal map.

Here’s a few of their comments:-

Thank you Paul. Much appreciated. From MS, Kent – after I organised an update for his England & Wales map to the latest version at a discounted price.

Thanks for making such brilliant maps. These will help me move my new narrowboat to its new home. From JC, Yorkshire – after purchasing maps for the Aire & Calder Navigations, River Trent, and Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigations.

Thanks for your help. The Acrobat (pdf) map is excellent. From SG, Warwickshire – after purchasing a Llangollen Canal Map.

Thank you for your help in ordering. We really enjoy the clear presentation of so much information. From DW, USA – after purchasing Ashby Canal and Coventry Canal maps.

Just to say I am a huge fan of Waterway Routes maps too. NF, Kent – leaving a comment on No Problem’s Blog after ordering several maps over the years.

I always welcome feedback.  Either email me, paul@waterwayroutes.co.uk, or leave a comment in this blog.  Thank you.

River Wey

We’re on the River Wey, filming for the planned River Wey and Basingstoke Canal DVDs.  With the recent wet weather it’s been a nightmare finding opportunities to film when the River Wey wasn’t in flood.  In the end, Monday and Tuesday provided enough great sunshine to film the River Wey.

Thames Lock
Thames Lock.

The River Wey joins the River Thames just below Shepperton Lock.  The last lock on the River Wey, as the water flows, but the first to be met by most boaters is Thames Lock.

Thames Lock flowerbed.
Thames Lock flowerbed.

The attractive Thames Lock is staffed, and we received a very friendly greeting from the Lock Keeper and her assistant.

Mills at Coxes Lock.
Mills at Coxes Lock.

Former mills at Coxes Lock provide an impressive sight.

Pyrford Lock.
Pyrford Lock.

Spectators at Pyrford Lock are dispersing as we leave the lock.  They were all keen to photograph us and a lovely couple who used to own their own boat offered to help to make our life easier.

Walsham Gates.
Walsham Gates.

Walsham Gates is one of two flood locks along the river and we were pleased to find it open.

Papercourt Lock Cottage.
Papercourt Lock Cottage.

With so many attractive lock cottages at the sixteen locks it’s difficult to know which to film.

Stoke Lock.
Stoke Lock.

Another attractive cottage in a different setting at Stoke Lock.

Godalming.
Godalming.

We paused at Godalming, squashed in close to the winding point at the corner marked by the white line, but not so close we block its use.

Limit of Navigation.
Limit of Navigation.

The limit of navigation is just beyond, at Town Bridge in Godalming.  This is the most southerly point boats can reach on the connected waterway system.

Yes, it is us.
Yes, it is us.

Yes, it really is our boat at the most southerly navigable point on the connected canal system at Godalming.  We’ve previously reached the other compass point extremities so we’ve done them all.

  • North – Tewitfield on the Lancaster Canal
  • South – Godalming on the River Wey
  • West – Llangollen on the Llangollen Canal
  • East – Brandon on the River Little Ouse (also known as Brandon Creek)

We’re moored at Dapdune Wharf overnight and will be gradually making our way back downstream to Woodham Junction at the start of the Basingstoke Canal, ready to film that when the weather improves.  Looking at the forecast that might be a long wait.

Map Updates – June 2016 – Issue 51

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

Extract from Ashby Canal Map
Extract from Ashby 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.