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mat says:

Is that one of those clever bridges that you can walk a tow horse across/around without disconnecting it from the boat?

31st Jul 2008, 13:18

swamprose says:

lovely and calm. totally unlike the 'houseboat' experience here.

that curved bridge is sculpture.

31st Jul 2008, 13:29

hildegard says:

It's exactly that kind of bridge Mat & yes, SR - one more reason why I don't really believe in art, only craft. :)

All those tow ropes have carved long gouges in the coping stones of the bridge but I never manage to take a decent picture of them. Must try harder...

31st Jul 2008, 13:55

540air says:

What a fantastic way to spend time, I really want to try one of those one day.

31st Jul 2008, 16:40

hildegard says:

You can do just that 540 - dayboats come in around £60 to £90 for a day, the usual arrangement is a loo, a small galley, a decent saloon cabin & an open foredeck. A nice easy intro to the whole waterways world palaver. The trick is not to plan to go as far as you can - the slower you move on the canals, the more fun it is. :)

31st Jul 2008, 17:14

javaboy says:

Love the timeless quality of canals and canal boats.

31st Jul 2008, 17:18

540air says:

That sounds good to me :)

31st Jul 2008, 17:34

Caine says:

Wonderful series.

31st Jul 2008, 18:35

hildegard says:

Glad they're liked, it's marvelous that what was once the main freight artery through an industrial landscape is now where I go for peace, quiet & generally sissy Fotherington-Thomas* nonsense of the "Hullo clouds, hullo sky!" variety. ;)


More informative for the lay reader than F-T's own wiki.

1st Aug 2008, 03:24

factotum says:

I love the serenity of this series. Slow boating, like slow cooking, sounds marvelous.

1st Aug 2008, 03:54

mara says:

I've always desired to do this

2nd Aug 2008, 14:46

hildegard says:

You should give it a try Mara - once you've got used to steering & mooring, it's a very, very relaxing kind of holiday. Obviously can't promise the sort of weather you've been having lately but there's a special british charm to holidays spent in Wellington boots & waterproof coats. ;)

2nd Aug 2008, 18:28

swamprose says:

can you take puppies on them?

2nd Aug 2008, 19:48

hildegard says:

You can't legally keep a guide dog off them so that would work. Most do accept pets but many like to keep a boat or two pet-free for the allergic clients.

2nd Aug 2008, 19:59

Viv says:

only ever spent a weekend but can recommend it

3rd Aug 2008, 00:17

Rick says:

Those boats look delightful. Sounds like a good way to relax.

3rd Aug 2008, 19:42

beth says:

where abouts is this then? I was on the Staffs and Worcs on thurs/fri - we have a boat that we take around the country - perk of working for BW! do you hire or are you a resi?

4th Aug 2008, 23:06

hildegard says:

Rick - it's not all that relaxing if you're over 6 foot. Not for the first couple of years anyway. Eventually you more or less stop banging your head on the way in & skinning your spine on the way out. Other than that, it's marvelous. ;)

Beth - Neither, am dumb lucky enough to have friends with boats so I visit them or get to use their boats when they're not aboard. These were just various canal views & crossings on a longish stroll though, fairly sure that bridge is on the Macc, but the earlier bits could be the Peak Forest.

5th Aug 2008, 00:39

beth says:

oh well i think you really have the best of both worlds!

6th Aug 2008, 10:37

JokerXL says:

My mate Ian lives on one of them things.
It'd drive me batty within a week, nice idea but wholly impractical.

10th Aug 2008, 12:53

hildegard says:

The practicality varies with location. If you've got somewhere to empty your chemie, somewhere to fill your water tank & a fuel point or barge that delivers diesel & logs etc, you're pretty sorted. As a non-driver I used to boat-sit somewhere with no fuel delivery & spent an awful lot of time yomping up & down the towpath with wheelbarrows full of smokeless.
That, I grant you, was inconvenient. ;)

10th Aug 2008, 13:16