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In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.

Monday, 25 July 2016

The final day on the Huddersfield which still held some problems

Pad, pad, pad......quack, quack, quack......what the.....suddenly wide awake......groan not even properly light and we had visitors.... blasted ducks on the roof!!!! And there, plain to see, was the tell tale signs of duck prints and some of my flower heads missing! Obviously wanted an early breakfast!

So once again we got underway early. Only 14 more locks until Dunkinfield junction with the Peak Forest canal. Encountered all sorts of obstacles on our way including a fallen tree branch, overhanging branches obscuring our vision, offside foliage hiding the entrance to Scouts tunnel,, a row of large round fence posts lining part of the canal making the channel narrow which meant we had to keep towpath side where we kept grounding, leaky lock walls with water pouring over our hopper windows. Thankfully I rushed inside and managed to close all except the bathroom window. That floor got soaked.  Then there was the vicious bywash and the unusable lock landing so trying to get Ian back on board a struggle and finally a community project boat Community Spirit heading directly for us as we tried to exit the Asda tunnel. Not much to talk about then, quite an uneventful journey really! Did have one slight mishap. Dropped my canon camera and now my 80-300 lens is kaput. Camera still works with the other lens but no more wildlife piccys other then from the Lumix. That's an excellent camera for the bugs!

Scout tunnel

Asda Tunnel and Community Spirit heading for us.

All stop!!

So a few more photos of our journey,

How unusual is this! Not a drop of water coming through the gate.

Unlike this at lock gate 6W

Facilities by lock 8W
Straight under the pylon

This notice because of.....

 this. It floods the horse tunnel if left full

Tonights mooring on the Peak Forest.

And a few wildlife taken before I dropped the camera.

And with the Lumix

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