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Inspired by my current escapades on the Oxford Canal, I thought I'd start a thread to share the floating and non floating detritus on or nearby the floating highways..

This was a 2.5d w201 - at the wharf we collected the boat from

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The current floating shed

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The Thames is in flood, so we have only been able to come up as far as Thrupp - as the Lock onto the river is at RED so no chance of getting through safely.

 

For context,  we travelled about 7.5miles in 4hrs (lots of moored boats due to the Thames being shut, so lots of tickover running). The same trip by car..Screenshot_20240409-163325.png.69bef280979c7024e4a4b810bd99b738.png

 

Nevertheless such a slow cruise affords plenty opportunities for shite spotting!

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More to follow no doubt. I may see what nautical scrap I can share - there are some right belters!

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On 09/04/2024 at 16:37, 320touring said:

For context,  we travelled about 7.5miles in 4hrs (lots of moored boats due to the Thames being shut, so lots of tickover running). The same trip by car..Screenshot_20240409-163325.png.69bef280979c7024e4a4b810bd99b738.png

 

 

Canals are such a great way to travel, you sneak in the back way to places seeing all the hidden gems that are hidden from the road. You get time to appreciate the view at 4mph.

I bought my first boat in Braunston, Leicestershire and travelled 200 miles and 99 locks back to Leeds in 10 days which was considered good going - you'd do the same journey by car in 2 hours!

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1 hour ago, Sunny Jim said:

Canals are such a great way to travel, you sneak in the back way to places seeing all the hidden gems that are hidden from the road. You get time to appreciate the view at 4mph.

I bought my first boat in Braunston, Leicestershire and travelled 200 miles and 99 locks back to Leeds in 10 days which was considered good going - you'd do the same journey by car in 2 hours!

I'm a huge fan. The method of transport imposes a relaxing attitude, and canal people (boaters or those running businesses next to the canal) all seems pretty damn chilled re timekeeping.

I also like to see bits of the countryside I have only ever seen signs for.

 

On our first trip, we just moored up at the side of Shugborough Hall. Sauntered in and have a lovely wander round the grounds and a most passable scone.

I'd only ever seen the sign on the m6

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The only canals I have used are the ones in the Netherlands which are ace because you can use them with a mast up all the way from Flushing in the south to Delfzijl in the north.

Edited to add that the boat draws 5 ft 6" so deep as well!

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