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WATERWAYS TRIP REPORTS

This section of the site contains naratives of just about all my canal boating since I started in 1972, and a few sailing barge trips as well. Much of the text has been here for some time. The current work in progress is adding illustrations from the slides I took on each trip as well recording my current boating.

Several of these trip reports were originally written for News of the Crews, the newsletter of Hillingdon Canal Club, where we moored Felis Catus II, and others as postings to various newsgroups and mailing lists. The majority make their debut here.

Link to 1972 & '73 trips on the Leeds & Liverpool indicates a canal trip —— Link to sailing barge charter, 1998 indicates a sailing barge trip

The trips in the main list are arranged in "newset first"l order (or chrono-illogical order, if you like!).
Click on an icon to go to a section of the list, then click on an icon to read each report.
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2007 All on Felis Catus III apart from going boatless to the "National"..
2004 to 2006 Our last two years with Felis Catus II and our first with Felis Catus III, plus one sailing barge charter.
2001 to 2003 Mosty on Felis Catus II, one trip crewing for somebody else and two more sailing barge charters.
1999 & 2000 Some on Felis Catus II, some crewing for other people and two more sailing barge charters.
1997 & 1998 Nearly all on Felis Catus II, plus my first sailing barge charter.
1995 & 1996 One sailing barge trip, the rest on Felis Catus II, including lots of IWA Golden Jubilee events.
1992 to 1994 One sailing barge trip, the rest on Felis Catus II.
1989 to 1991 Our last few hire-boat trips, our first year with Felis Catus II, and one sailing barge trip.
1987 & 1988 More hire-boating plus some sailing barge trips
1982 to 1986 Our last year with Felis Catus, then back to hiring, plus my first few sailing barge trips.
1979 to 1981 All in Felis Catus.
1972 to 1978 Hire-boating and our first year with our own boat
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2007
Link to Canalway Cavalcade, 2001 TEXT ONLY
(as yet)
After the National
Late August & September 2007
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Link to Canalway Cavalcade, 2001 WITH PIX The IWA "National" at St Ives
August Bank Holidy weekend, 2007
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Link to Canalway Cavalcade, 2001 WITH PIX A very interrupted cruise
Summer 2007
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Link to Canalway Cavalcade, 2001 WITH PIX Early Summer 2007
Northwards from London
Link to Canalway Cavalcade, 2001 WITH PIX June 2007
A weekend in the East End
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Link to Canalway Cavalcade, 2001 MAINLY PIX Canalway Cavalcade & the Ricky Festival
May 2006
Link to Canalway Cavalcade, 2001 WITH PIX Spring 2007
Southwards from Birmingham

2004 to 2006
Link to Canalway Cavalcade, 2001 WITH PIX Autumn cruising 2006
The Upper Thames to Birmingham
Link to Canalway Cavalcade, 2001 WITH PIX Main summer cruise, 2006
The Thames & The Kennet & Avon,
July & August
Link to Canalway Cavalcade, 2001 WITH PIX The Rivers Lee & Stort
June & July 2006
Link to Canalway Cavalcade, 2001 WITH PIX Festivals at Rickmansworth & Brookwood
May & early June 2006
Link to Canalway Cavalcade, 2001 WITH PIX Southwards from Birmingham
March & April 2006
Link to Canalway Cavalcade, 2001 WITH PIX Winter on the BCN
January — March 2006
Link to Canalway Cavalcade, 2001 WITH PIX The maiden cruise of Felis Catus III
Ashwood to Oldbury, Winter 2005/6
Link to sailing barge charter 2001 WITH PIX Sailing barge charter 2005
This time I chartered Centaur out of Ipswich.
Link to London with President, May 2004 WITH PIX Our last cruise in Felis Catus II
to Ashwood Basin, then the GIG and the National, Summer 2005.
Link to London with President, May 2004 WITH PIX With nb President in London
Including a tideway cruise, May 2004

2001 to 2003
Link to a disastrous Summer, 2001 WITH PIX Summer and Autumn cruising 2003
The Thames and the Kennet & Avon
Link to a disastrous Summer, 2001 WITH PIX Up the Creek for a day on Gnashers II - 12 July 2003
St Pancras Cruising Club's Deptford Creek cruise
Link to sailing barge charter 2001 TEXT ONLY Sailing barge charter 2003
My fifth charter trip on Pudge, once more in high summer, June 2003.
Link to a disastrous Summer, 2001 TEXT ONLY Easter weekend 2003
The Regent's Canal and the East London Ring
Link to a disastrous Summer, 2001 TEXT ONLY A disastrous summer : August 2001
Felis Catus II failed to reach the GIG but did get to the Milton Keynes "National", but its troubles still weren't over.
Link to sailing barge charter 2001 WITH PIX Sailing barge charter 2001
Yet another Pudge charter, this time in high summer, July 2001.
Link to Canalway Cavalcade, 2001 ALL PIX Canalway Cavalcade 2001

1999 & 2000
Link to sailing barge charter 2000 WITH PIX Sailing barge charter 2000
My third charter trip on Sailing Barge Pudge, September 2000.
Link to London/Oxford ring, Summer 2000 TEXT ONLY The London - Oxford Ring, Summer 2000
The Oxford Canal, the Thames and the Waltham "National" .
Link to BCN Marathon 2000 TEXT ONLY The BCN Marathon 2000
This time I was crewing for Jeff Dennison on Coronation.
Link to Spring 2000 on the Grand JUnction TEXT ONLY More interruptions than cruising, Spring 2000
A chapter of (minor) disasters, May Half-Term 2000
Link to delivery run on the Thames, May 2000 TEXT ONLY A delivery run on the Thames, May 2000
Delivering the boat The Lady J from Brentford to Pangbourne.
Link to sailing barge charter, 1999 WITH PIX Another trip on the Blackwater, 1999
South London IWA's second charter trip on Sailing Barge Pudge.
Link to Summer & Autumn '99  -  Worcester & back TEXT ONLY Worcester or bust, Summer & Autumn 1999
An unusually direct run to the "National" at Worcester & back.
Link to BCN Marathon 1999 WITH PIX The BCN Marathon 1999 - A scroot's-eye view
The 1999 Marathon from a scrutineer's point of view.
Link to Canalway Cavalcade, 1999 WITH PIX Canalway Cavalcade 1999
Link to local boating, Easter'99 TEXT ONLY Easter 1999
A local cruise delivering posters etc

1997 & 1998
Link to sailing barge charter, 1998 WITH PIX Sailing on the Blackwater, 1998
South London IWA's first charter trip on Sailing Barge Pudge.
Link to Northen waters, Summer & Autumn 1998 TEXT ONLY Felis Catus II in Northern Waters, 1998
To the "National" in Manchester and back home
Link to BCN Marathon 1998 WITH PIX The BCN Marathon 1998
Felis Catus II on the BCN Marathon Challenge Cruise in 1998
Link to Spring '98, London events & the run north WITH PIX Spring 1998
Canalway Cavalcade, Parliamentary Campaign Cruise and the run North
Link to AUtumn & Wiwnter boating '97 TEXT ONLY Autumn & Winter 1997
The Slough Canal Festival, and Christmas at Little Venice
Link to Summer '97, Leicester & the Trent WITH PIX Leicester and the Trent, Summer 1997
Felis Catus II's summer boating in 1997

1995 & 1996
Link to home & Limehouse, Autumn '96 WITH PIX Home and the Limehouse Festival, Autumn 1996
Link to back to the BCN ,1996 WITH PIX Back to the BCN, August 1996
Felis Catus II back on the BCN a couple of weeks after the story above. for a group of events ending with the "National"
Link to Aug.'96 trip to Gloucester TEXT ONLY To Gloucester and back, August 1996
Link to BCN Marathon 1996 WITH PIX A Marathon weekend, August 1996
Felis Catus II on the BCN Marathon Challenge Cruise for the first time.
Link to the run to Brum, Summer '96 TEXT ONLY The run to Birmingham, July & August 1996
Link to Spring & SUmmer '96 in London WITH PIX Spring & Summer Events in London, April to July 1996
Lots of Jubilee events in the first part of the year.
Link to sailing barge charter, 1998 PIX ONLY Club sailing on Centaur, 1995
A club weekend making passage from Ipswich to Maldon.
Link to a long summer, 1995 to the North & back. WITH PIX A long summer, May to October 1995
To the the Leeds & Liverpool, the Chester "National" and back.

1992 to 1994
Link to Autumn & winter boating '94 TEXT ONLY Autumn & Winter 1994
Including Christmas at Little Venice
Link to Southern cruise, Summer '94 WITH PIX A Southern Cruise, Summer 1994
On the Kennet & Avon, Thames, Lea and Bow Back Rivers.
Link to Autumn '93 : the Lee again. TEXT ONLY Back to the Lee, Autumn 1993
We went back in the Autumn to where we'd been earlier in the year.
Link to sailing barge charter, 1998 PIX ONLY Club sailing on Centaur, 1993
A club weekend out of Maldon.
Link to Summer '93 : Leicetser & Brum WITH PIX Leicester & the BCN, Summer 1993
We went to a lot of places but never reached the "National" at Peterborough by boat.
Link to June '93 on the Lee & Stort SOME PIX To the Lee & Stort, June 1993
A cruise to the Lee & Stort, including the 1993 Limehouse Festival
Link to Summer & Autumn '92 : Stratford & Brum WITH PIX To Stratford & Birmingham, Summer & Autumn 1992
Our main Summer cruise plus a few weekends.
Link to early 1992 @ four waterways events WITH PIX Four waterways events, Spring & Summer 1992
An Easter cruise to the Lee followed by three Rallies and a London Ring Cruise

1989 to 1991
Link to Summer '91 trip to the Fens & Brum WITH PIX To the Fens & Birmingham, Summer 1991
Our first main summer cruise with Felis Catus II.
Link to early season '91 on the Grand Junction TEXT ONLY Early season, 1991
Including Canalway Cavalcade and the Wendover Arm Rally.
Link to fetching home the new boat, Autumn '90 TEXT ONLY Fetching home the new boat
October & November 1990
Link to Aug.'99 trip - the Brum/Manchester ring WITH PIX The Birmingham / Manchester Ring, August 1990
Our last hire-boat trip before taking delivery of Felis Catus II
Link to Aug.'99 trip : Brum & Llangollen WITH PIX Brum, Stourport & the Stourbridge, April 1990
Link to Aug.'99 trip : Brum & Llangollen WITH PIX Brum, Stourbridge and the Llangollen, August 1989
Link to sailing barge charter, 1998 PIX ONLY Club sailing on Centaur, 1989
A club weekend out of Ipswich.

1987 & 1988
Libk to Oct.'88 trip on the BCN TEXT ONLY Around the BCN, October 1988
Link to sailing barge charter, 1998 PIX ONLY Club sailing on Centaur, October 1988
A club weekend making passage from Ipswich to Maldon.
Link to Aug.'88 trip  - Brum & the Thames WITH PIX Birmingham and the Thames, August 1988
Link to sailing barge charter, 1998 PIX ONLY Club sailing on Centaur, May 1988
A club weekend making passage from Maldon to Hoo.
Link to Aug.'87 trip : Brum & Sharpness WITH PIX Birmingham & the Shroppie, October 1987
Link to Aug.'87 trip : Brum & Sharpness WITH PIX Birmingham and Sharpness, August 1987
Link to sailing barge charter, 1998 PIX ONLY Club sailing on Centaur, May 1987
A club weekend making passage from Ipswich to Hoo.

1982 to 1986
Link to sailing barge charter, 1998 PIX ONLY Club sailing on Centaur, October 1986
A club weekend out of Maldon.
Link to Aug.'86 trip - the Leicester Ring WITH PIX Kent Green & the Leicester Ring, August 1986
Link to sailing barge charter, 1998 PIX ONLY Club sailing on Centaur, July 1986
A club weekend making passage from Ipswich to Hoo.
Link to Esster '86 trip on the BCN WITH PIX A week on the BCN, Easter 1986
Link to Autumn'85 trip on the Grand Junction WITH PIX On the Grand Junction, Autumn 1985
Link to Aug.'85 trip to the Severn & Shroppie WITH PIX To the Severn and the Shroppie, August 1985
Link to sailing barge charter, 1998 PIX ONLY A long weekend on sb Reminder, 1985
From Maldon to Pin Mill & back.
Link to Aug'84 trip on the Cheshire Ring & L&L WITH PIX The Cheshire Ring and the Leeds & Liverpool, August 1984
Link to Aug'83 trip on the Four Counties Ring etc. WITH PIX The Four Counties Ring etc, August 1983
Link to the last season with oiur old boat, 1982 WITH PIX The last season with our first boat, 1982
On the Grand Junction, the Lee and the Stort.

1979 to 1981
Link to Autumn 1981 weekending on the Grand Junction WITH PIX Autumn weekending, 1981
Still on the Grand Union
Link to Summer 1981 boating on the Grand Junction WITH PIX Some sociable boating, Summer 1981
A Summer's pottering on the southern Grand Union.
Link to Autumn 1980 boating on the Grand Jnnction WITH PIX Autumn 1980 on the Grand Junction
The Boxmoor and Wendover Arm Rallies, then back to London, and into dry dock after a sinking.
Link to Summer 1980 trip on the Nene in flood WITH PIX Full stop on the Nene, 1980
An exciting rescue-trip for a hire-boat stuck in floods on the River Nene.
Link to early 1980 : London to the Midlands & back WITH PIX Spring & Summer, 1980
London to the Midlands and back to the "National" at Walthamstow.
Link to Autumn 1979 trip to the Lee & Stort WITH PIX Autumn 1979
Including our first visit to the Lee & Stort at Half Term.
Link to my longest trip 1979 (mainly on the Fens) WITH PIX My longest trip, 1979
A 500-mile month's cruise. mainly on Fenland waterways.
Link to early 1979 boating on the Grand Junction WITH PIX Spring & early Summer, 1979
On the southern part of the Grand Junction.

1972 to 1978
Link to Autumn 1978 trip to the Kennet WITH PIX To the Kennet, Autumn 1978
Link to our first long summer, 1978 WITH PIX Our first long summer, 1978
Exploring quite a lot of the Midlands.
Link to our first months as owners, 1977 WITH PIX Our first months as owners, Autumn 1977
On the southern GU.
Link to Summer 1977 trip in the Midlands WITH PIX Foxton and Cropredy, Summer 1977
Link to Easter 1976 trip on  the Leeds & Luverpool WITH PIX On the Leeds & Liverpool, Easter 1977
Link to Autumn 1975 trip on the River Wey WITH PIX The River Wey, Autumn 1976
A long weekend which was our first off-peak-season trip.
Link to our first Midlands trip, Summer 1975 trip WITH PIX Our first Midlands trip, 1976
which was also our first in a narowboat, mainly on the River Soar, Trent & Trent & Mersey.
Link to 1975 trip on the Leeds & Liverpool# WITH PIX The Leeds & Liverpool again, Summer 1975
Link to 1972 & '73 trips on the Leeds & Liverpool WITH PIX Our first trips of all, 1972 & 1973
On the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.
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