Category Archives: On the Aire and Calder

Painting and varnishing, getting our narrowboat ready to travel

The sunny weather has brought all the boats out. This long Easter weekend’s clement weather, a relief after the cruel winter, is a call to paint, varnish, sandpaper, tackle rust, and generally fix and spring clean. Continue reading

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Clarence Dock, Leeds

This is the mooring we’ve staying on in Leeds over winter. Ours is the blue narrowboat with the cream roof, second from the left, between a dutch barge and a tug. Just outside our door is Mumtaz restaurant, which does superb Pakistani food. Continue reading

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Mikuni diesel heater repaired and refitted

Our narrowboat’s Mikuni diesel heater was playing up. It produced a lot of white smoke from the exhaust. It tripped the switch, often taking four or five attempts to start it; and eventually it stopped working altogether, during the great freeze of winter. When the outside temperature is 14 below zero, you need to know that your heater’s reliable. Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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