26th June 2019
We have left Glasson Basin and have been moored up at Cabus Nook, next to Greaves Caravan Park. Although we have only stayed overnight here, we spent a week in this beautiful location on our way oop North as Pats sister and brother in law bought their caravan here the May and we spent a delightful week with them exploring the area by car! (when weather would allow).
We leave Cabus Nook and head southwards down the Lancaster Canal. We pass through Smithy Leisure Park with their static caravans and moorings. The Pennine Hills are on the distant skyline and the undulating farmland makes pleasant cruising.
We are soon approaching Garstang, Bridge House Marina is on our Portside, we pass through a couple of nice bridges, stop at the boaters facilities where we meet up once again with NB Silverfox who have been our intermittent cruising companions throughout our seven weeks on this canal and finally moor in Garstang Basin where we didn't get a chance to stop on our way North.
20th June 2019
We leave Lancaster City after a rather noisy night, here the canal is lined with student accommodation and a popular pub. We head southwards, our destination today is Glasson Basin, a trip of 8 miles and we expect it to take approx 4 to 4.5 hours. Skirting the edge of the city we pass through a deep wooded cutting and some beautiful undulating countryside. We pass Galgate Marina with its boat yard and moorings. here we stop to use the facilities and top up with diesel.
We take the tricky turn West into the extremely attractive Glasson Branch, opened in 1820 which connects the Lancaster Canal to the River Lune. The branch was completed in 1826 and provided the canal with its only direct link to the sea. There are six wide locks here, some of which have the sliding paddles also seen on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, and can be difficult to operate. In fact the first lock was so difficult that we had to reverse roles and Pat did most of the locking. The Branch takes us through the beautiful Conden Valley and we are rewarded with some splendid views here before arriving in the docks of Glasson Basin where once again we catch up with NB Silverfox.
We spend a week here, we take a walk around the village, we experience the delights of the Smokehouse, we get on our bikes and cycle back to Lancaster to get some shopping and experience some splendid sunrises.
19th June 2019
Hest Bank is a fabulous place to moor, its about 5 mins walk to the coastline and you can cycle or bus into the main Morecambe Bay where there is good shopping and some lovely views. We cycled into Morecambe Bay a couple of times from Hest Bank for shopping supplies and also to visit the lovely fabric shop they have in town, and of course we had to admire the statue of Eric Morecambe, born in 1926 John Eric Batholomew but took his stage name from his place of birth.
After a damp start to the day the sun came out for us and it were ready for a glorious cruise. We leave Hest Bank on 19th June and head south down the Lancaster Canal, travelling through some of Lancashires finest countryside, before traversing the rather splendid Lune Aquaduct with the River Lune running some 60ft below. The aqueduct was designed by John Rennie, opened in 1797 and is the largest all masonry aqueduct in Britain. Its a magnificent feat of civil engineering at 664 ft (202m) long and consisting of five 70ft (21m) semi circular arches. The cost of the construction was nearly £50,000, almost £30,000 over budget, this vast overspend was the reason that the Lancaster Canal was never joined to the main canal network as there wasn't enough money for the planned aqueduct over the River Ribble at the southern end of the canal.
We arrive in Lancaster with the sound of church bells ringing in the distance and moor up in the city centre, a trip of 4 miles taking an hour and 40 mins.
15th June 2019
Although on the return journey we only had an overnight stop at Carnforth, we did spend 3 days here on our way north. Its a useful stop for supplies as there is a large Tesco near the canal and a range of independent shops in the town. Its also useful for its travel connections with trains not only running North to South but East over the pennines to Skipton and Leeds as well.
The station at Carnforth is interesting in its self as the station tea room was featured in the 1945 film Brief Encounter. The Tea Room and the famous clock has been fully restored to its 1940's former glory and has a superb range of home made food and hot beverages. There is also a small museum here.
While we were here we took the train to Ravenglass and the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. This is a narrow gauge railway which runs from Ravenglass (the only coastal village in the Lake District National Park) across the estuary and through the hills to Dalegarth and the foot of the Scarfell Range of mountains. The journey to Ravenglass itself took one and three quarter hours but was an experience in itself as some of the track skirts around the Lancashire coastline! Here we had a brief encounter of our own as we met David and Diane Smith from Suffolk who were on holiday in their caravan and who are subscribers of our YouTube channel!
We leave Carnforth and travel south approx 3 miles to Hest Bank. As the Lancashire coast is never very far away we experience some fabulous views as we head towards Hest Bank and Morcambe Bay.
We moor here for the next four days even though we spent nearly a week here on our way North and we manage to catch up with those cheeky Foxes Afloat on NB Silverfox!!
19th May to 14th June 2019
We have spent the last 4 weeks travelling north to Tewitfield, during this time the weather has been variable with lots of rain and few days of sunshine. We did not do much filming on the way up as we had a backlog of footage and needed to catch up with ourselves, Pat however continued to edit what we had and we continued to release videos every week. By the time we reached the end of the Lancaster Canal we were only a week behind.
The Lancaster Canal is just over 41 miles long, lock free (except down to Glasson Basin)and currently terminates at Tewitfield. This section at one point (1819) was extended to Kendal but this was abandoned in 1968 to make way for the M6 motorway, however there is a restoration project in progress.
We spent 2 days here, the moorings are all 48hr moorings, it was a bit noisy as the M6 motorway runs close by. The moorings were really shallow here and to moor we used our barge pole to keep us of the silt, which meant that we had a rather large jump to get onto the boat. If you want to spend more time here you could always book into Tewitfield Marina and explore further afield by car. We would have loved to have walked or cycled some of the section of canal towards Kendal but it rained constantly while we were here and we hardly managed to get out at all. Before departing we use the boaters facilities and make the turn to head south.
As we make our return journey the views are fabulous across the open countryside. It's lovely to finally get a bit of sunshine even there the day was overcast at times. There seems to be designated mooring areas on the Lancaster as much of the canal bank has high reeds or weeds and there are few mooring spaces between Tewitfield and Carnforth. We arrive in Carnforth and its here we moor up for the next couple of days.