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Kingfishers

Lapworth Locks
We collected our boat from Knowle Hall Wharf this week where Ian has been doing a little work on the boat for us.

Having taking the boat out from Birmingham via the Grand Union Canal we are returning via Lapworth Locks and the Stratford upon Avon Canal. We picked some great weather for our cruise.
Kingfisher 1
Last year we didn't see a Kingfisher until well into the summer but today we were elighted to see a Kingfisher which waited long enough to get a half decent photo as we approached instead of just fyling off into the distance.
Kingfisher 2
A little later we saw a second kingfisher and managed a slightly better photo before it flew off.
Kingfisher 3
And a few minutes later we spotted a third kingfisher which didn't fly off as we passed and we got an even better photo.

It's rare for me to see a kingfisher for long enough and close enough to get a photo but three in one day was a great treat.


Tomorrow we should be back at our home mooring in Sherborne Wharf in Birmingham.

Posted on Thursday, 9 April 2015 at 21:11

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Leaking Canal

Worcester Bar
A disused railway tunnel passes under the Worcester and Birmingham Canal between Gas Street Basin and Salvage Turn. Water has started leaking into the tunnel, presumed to be from the canal, and investigations are required to identify the source of the leak and to fix it.

A pair of temporary dams have been installed with the water pumped out between them.
The first picture, from the footbridge at Worcester Bar shows a workboat moored in the narrows to prevent other boats approaching the dam.
The dams
Looking along the canal, from the same footbridge, we can see the blue sheeting for the nearer dam, with the water pumped out from behind.
Drained canal
Alongside the drained section the pump can be seen, running slowly to keep the drained section empty.

The supports for the temporary dam can be seen better from this side.
Salvage Turn
Viewed from the other end, the drained section is visible between the two temporary dams.

A "fish rescue" has removed all the fish to the main canal and, presumably work will be going on to identifty the leak and to fix it.

Posted on Thursday, 26 February 2015 at 11:25

Category(s): Worcester & Birmingham Canal

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Sue steering No Problem down the Wolverhampton 21 Locks
Yesterday I helped work No Problem down the Wolverhampton 21 Locks. It's nice to have a little exercise on a fine winter's day.
No Problem's Crew
Vic, and Ann from Moore 2 Life who was visitng for a few days, kept ahead of us to set the locks and we finally caught up with them at the bottom lock.

Lunch was provided before I left them heading towards the Shropshire Union Canal and I walked back to Wolverhampton.

Posted on Wednesday, 25 February 2015 at 14:38

Category(s): BCN , No Problem

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February 2015 updates

The February map updates, issued last week, include more free canal maps. I make all the maps for the resotration projects and disused canals free to download.

The new maps inlcude the Stafford Riverway Link Map , mentioned in my previous blog.

They also include a new one covering several restoration projects and disused canals
> Cromford Canal
> Derby Canal
> Nottingham Canal
> Nutbrook Canal
As the maps all overlap they are released in one as the Cromford, Derby, Nottingham and Nutbrook Canals Map.

Posted on Wednesday, 18 February 2015 at 15:33

Category(s): Maps

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The montly updates for February 2015 updates are available, marked as issue 35, for those maps where I know of changes. Many of the changes are very minor, but I like to keep these the most up to date waterway maps available.

These include the following cruising maps

England & Wales

Droitwich Canals
Forth & Clyde and Union Canals
Grand Union Canal – All
Grand Union Canal – Central
Grand Union Canal – Leicester Section
Grand Union Canal – North
Grantham Canal
River Severn
River Trent
Trent & Mersey Canal
Worcester & BIrmingham Canal

Avon Ring
East Midlands (Leicester) Ring
Mid Worcestershire (Droitwich) Ring
Stourport Ring
Stafford Riverway Link

Anyone looking carefully at the map, above, will have spotted a newly reseased map covering the Stafford Riverway Link.

This shows the route of the proposed link following the River Sow into Stafford. Potentially a mixture of resotration of the former River Sow Navigation and new work.

Like all the restoration projects the Stafford Riverway Link Map is free to download.

Posted on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 at 20:22

Category(s): Map Updates

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