Author Archives: admin

Arrived at Leeds winter mooring, at last

Finally made it back to Leeds, Clarence Dock, the Royal Armouries and our winter mooring. We would have been here six weeks ago if it hadn’t been for the canal freezing over, so it’s great to finally arrive, tie up the boat, connect to the electric point and relax. This will be our home for the next few months. Continue reading

Share
Posted in On the Aire and Calder | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Winterising our narrowboat

Alisha and I abandoned our narrowboat for the Christmas week during the freeze. If a boat isn’t lived on during winter you’re supposed to protect it against damage by winterising it. Good news is that on our return there were no problems, no cracked pipes or leaks, and the engine started first time. Continue reading

Share
Posted in On the Leeds and Liverpool canal | Tagged , | 3 Comments

Thaw and freeze

A week before Christmas the ice had thawed just enough to move the boat from where we’d been frozen in for two weeks. British Waterways phoned to say we might be able to travel back to Leeds in a couple of days, and they booked us in to travel through the staircase locks. Things were looking up: we might be back on our winter mooring soon. Continue reading

Share
Posted in On the Leeds and Liverpool canal | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Surviving winter on a narrowboat

The last winter I spent on a narrowboat, four years ago, was mild compared to this one. This time the canal has frozen over, and has been frozen for a week and a half, and it could take a while before the ice thaws. Continue reading

Share
Posted in On the Leeds and Liverpool canal | Tagged | 3 Comments

Narrowboat in the snow

Narrowboat Audrey Too yesterday, stuck in ice, covered in snow. It’s supposed to be -11 degrees tonight so the diesel heater will stay on all night. Already, some windows are freezing up on the inside. Continue reading

Share
Posted in On the Leeds and Liverpool canal | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Swans and ducks on the frozen canal

Swans charge at the ice to break it, so they can reach bread scattered on the surface of the frozen canal. Ducks try to waddle across the top of the ice. Filmed from my narrowboat, moored opposite the boatyard in Rodley on the Leeds and Liverpool canal.
Continue reading

Share
Posted in On the Leeds and Liverpool canal | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Stuck in the ice at Rodley

Our narrowboat is stuck in the ice at Rodley. We only came up here to get some diesel, and had booked to go back through the locks to our winter mooring in Leeds Clarence Dock. But there’s snow and freezing temperatures forecast for the next week at least so we might be stuck here. Continue reading

Share
Posted in On the Leeds and Liverpool canal | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Winter mooring at Clarence Dock

Alisha and I have decided to buy a winter mooring in Clarence Dock. This will make life easier for the next four months. We’ll have a base and won’t need to keep cruising the canals looking for the next mooring. Currently Leeds is a ghost town for boats but maybe when spring comes it’ll be busy with boats again. Until then, we’ll take a break from travelling and relax for a while. Continue reading

Share
Posted in On the Aire and Calder | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Leeds to Rodley in the cold and snow

During the winter months, in order to travel up the Leeds and Liverpool canal you need to book passage in advance with British Waterways. We did this today, travelling up to Rodley to fill up with fuel. As well as several single locks there are a couple of staircases with three locks each. Continue reading

Share
Posted in On the Leeds and Liverpool canal | Tagged | Leave a comment

London to Leeds took us 5 weeks by narrowboat

It took Alisha and I five weeks to travel from London to Leeds by narrowboat. We travelled 353 miles, through 164 locks and 35 moveable bridges, across 11 aquaducts and through 4 tunnels. 121 miles of the journey was on large rivers. Continue reading

Share
Posted in On the Aire and Calder | Tagged | Leave a comment