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22 May 2020 @ 19:18:38 pm
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John, @steamer mentioned narrow boats on the "Size of Homebus" thread.

Anybody been narrow boating?

We did a RCI timeshare swop in 2006, doing a week's narrow boating. An experience of a life time.

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22 May 2020 @ 19:20:41 pm
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vertel ons meer van "narrow boating"  ek ken dit nie

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22 May 2020 @ 19:22:44 pm
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is dit die?

narrow boating - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zR5Jfysx0A8

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22 May 2020 @ 20:31:01 pm
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Ja Swanie dit is hulle.

It is 7 feet wide (2.134 meters) narrower than an Exclusive. (6 feet 10 inches actually)

The canals were dug initially for water irrigation then expanded to transport goods around the UK. (mainly coal)

Many locks and tunnels can only support the narrow boats, Wider barges can only be used on some of the water ways.

Fortunately the network has been 'restored' and now mostly used recreationally and by 'long timers' and 'full timers' known as 'Bargies'. Similar to caravaners.

We started at Market Harborough, proceeded via Foxton Locks to Rugby, where we turned back.

Great fun going up and down via the locks. You use a windlass on a rack and pinion to empty or fill the lock with water. There are 2, a white one and a red one.

Sequence: Red before White and you'r allright. White before Red and you'r dead.

 

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23 May 2020 @ 08:17:51 am
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Sounds like a fantastic holiday Richard.

Unfortunately I think I'll have to scratch that one off my bucket list.

Still an interesting series on youtube.

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23 May 2020 @ 09:56:55 am
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We have seen these boats and would very much to do such a trip.  Whether it will be possible at all, is anyone's guess.  Other countries like France and the Netherlands also have boats you van hire, but these are more conventional and does not seem to have the atmosphere of the narrow boats.

Het is beter rijk te leven dan rijk te sterven
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23 May 2020 @ 14:02:34 pm
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23 May 2020 @ 14:41:45 pm
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I have loaded/created a second gallery twice, showing in galleries but not here1?

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23 May 2020 @ 14:50:08 pm
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John who knows what the future holds..!?

Fred, yes other European countries also have River Boats and Barges.

We would love to do something similar again, but longer..... a lot longer, exploring the UK or elsewhere....those lotto numbers must just be drawn (if and when I ever get to play them)

 

That building was a grammar school built in 1614 ie before Jan arrived, is in Market Harborough. Built on stilts to accomodate a market below.

We went through a number of tunnels, some more than a mile long.

 

 

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23 May 2020 @ 16:22:34 pm
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There is a book, Narrow dog to Carcassonne by Terry Darlington  It is the real story about a recently retired couple  who buys a narrow boat, travels all over England with their Whippet dog to gain experience.  They then actually cross the English Channel in their narrow boat and travel all the way to Carcassonne in France.  It is a brilliantly written humorous book which you should try and read.  With your experience, I think it will appeal even more to you than it did to me.

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23 May 2020 @ 18:02:25 pm
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Thanks for the 'heads up' Fred. I see wrote 3 bestsellers... took the narrow boat to America....

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24 May 2020 @ 08:10:13 am
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Just to digress a little, we spent a few days in a caravan near Padstowe in Cornwall a few years ago.

Not the most pleasant camping experience! The sites were so small and it was quite full. Our neighbors even brought their pet rabbits and built a little hok for them.

Another strange habit of theirs is to erect a flag-pole and hoist the country's flag outside their caravan. Be it English, Scottish, Irish, whatever. Not many Union Jacks.

Fortunately we only basically slept there as the days were filled with exploring Cornwall.

(Even went to see 'Doc Martin's' house in Port Isaac.)

Would much rather do a nice long canal trip.

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24 May 2020 @ 15:23:50 pm
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There is a book, Narrow dog to Carcassonne by Terry Darlington  It is the real story about a recently retired couple  who buys a narrow boat, travels all over England with their Whippet dog to gain experience.  They then actually cross the English Channel in their narrow boat and travel all the way to Carcassonne in France.  It is a brilliantly written humorous book which you should try and read.  With your experience, I think it will appeal even more to you than it did to me.

We went barging on the Canal du Midi a year ago. Spent a night at Carcassonne...👍 Fantastic holiday.

 

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25 May 2020 @ 10:36:49 am
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A few years ago we flew up to Inverness from Gatwick with the children, touring the Highlands for about a week.  Then they returned to London and we hired our own Avis car.  We stayed at Inverness in a two man tent, then two nights in Edinburgh, a night at camping ground on a farm just outside Porthmadog in Whales and then Hawkshead in the Lake District. We initially planned to stay in B&B's but decided tenting sounded more exciting, which it was.  It was a trip to cherish.  We are getting on in years so this type of trip might not be the best choice now, but luckily we did it when we still could. We were lucky to have had good weather during our trip as we are aware that summer over there can be somewhat different from what we know locally.

Het is beter rijk te leven dan rijk te sterven
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