Chased by sheep – Little Bedwyn Taking a long walk…. Great Bedwyn -> Little Bedwyn Sunday on the canal Crofton Meadows -> Great Bedwyn Wolf Hall -> Crofton Meadows Brimslade -> Wolf Hall My first Zander Wotton Rivers -> Brimslade Most visited sites on the internet ABS LP110 Leisure battery for a narrowboat Burbage wharf Mooring in Wootton Rivers, Wiltshire Sunday in Pewsey Measuring the draft Looking for moorings around Wootton River/Clench New button fitted! Milkhouse Water, Wiltshire Now in Pewsey, CRT mooring rules Get into Stonehenge free Flaperon from MH370; no story – 1 month on Skyrim V Connect/’sign in’ to ‘open network’ wifi on Windows 10 My personal Strava movie – 2016 The biggest hacks of 2016 – A year in hacking US vs Bullying China Russian Google and Reddit misdirects skewing Google Analytics First complaint Winter electricity usage Devizes The fight for freedom, Not In My Back Yard Donald Trump – Puppet masters, Parody to victory, and the march to nationalism US Presidential elections 2016 Taking a narrowboat on the Thames Giles Wood – Melksham Bonny Journey List of dead bankers 2016 – conspiracy update Day 38 – Taunton to Exeter Day 37 – Seend Park to Taunton Day 36 – Seend Park to Bradford on Avon Day 49 – Caen Hill Marina to Seend Park Bleeding a BMC 1800 marine engine 3 Reasons you won’t ever tell me 9/11 was not an inside job Day 48 – Caen Hill Locks Day 47 – Devizes – Caen Hill Locks Day 47 – Honey Street to Devizes Day 46 – Great Bedwyn to Honey Street Day 45 – Newbury to Great Bedwyn Day 43 – Theale to Newbury Day 42 – Goring to Theale Day 41 – Oxford to Goring Day 40 – Aynho to Oxford Day 39 – Claydon to Aynho Day 38 – Flecknoe to Claydon Day 37 – Ansty to Flecknoe Day 36 – Alvecote to Ansty Day 35 – Kings Bromley to Alvecote Day 34 – Little Haywood to Kings Bromley News Winter moorings Day 33 – Stone to Little Haywood Day 32 – Kidsgrove to Stone Day 31 – Wheelock to Kidsgrove Cask ale week – Use your mobile to claim free beer Chimney repairs Day 30 – Marston to Wheelock Day 29 – Dunham Massey to Marston Viewranger mapping app Day 28 – Plank Lane to Dunham Massey Day 27 – Crooke to Plank Lane The anti-Blair cometh…. Day 26 – Rufford to Crooke Day 25 – Morecambe to Rufford – 1,000th post eva! Six companies are about to merge into the biggest farm-business oligopoly in history Day 25 – Hawes to Morecambe Day 24 – Durham to Hawes Day 23 – Newcastle to Durham Day 22 – Norham to Newcastle Day 21 – Edinburgh to Norham Day 20 – Dundee to Edinburgh Day 19 – Aberdeen to Dundee Day 18 – Buckie to Aberdeen Day 17 – Inverness to Buckie Day 16 – Helmsdale to Inverness Day 15 – Helmsdale Day 14 – John O’Groats to Helmsdale Inverness and over the border Travelling by train with a bike UNESCO PLACES OF WORSHIP Day 11 – Tarleton to St. Mary’s Marina, Rufford Day 10 – Tarleton lock Day 9 – Crooke to Tarleton Day 8 – Plank Lane to Crooke Day 7 – Grappenhall to Leigh Day 6 – Marston to Grapplington Bonny Journey – Day 5 – Church Minshull to Marston Bonny Journey – Day 4 – Audlem to Church Minshull Bonny Journey – Day 3 – Gnosall to Audlem Bonny Journey – Day 2 – Calf Heath to Gnosall Bonny Journey – Day 1 – Saturday 27th August

Day 29 – Dunham Massey to Marston

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I’ve just been assaulted by a guy driving a bright pink sports car.

He appeared feeding the ducks. As I passed, he shouted “hey dickhead”, I of course ignored him.

Then he started shouting it more, so I turned around, to see this guy in a woolly jumper and duck food in his hand making kind of squatting motion with his legs, like a football hooligan and shouting obscenities…

I flicked him the finger and drove on.

Next thing you know, he’s pulled up at the next bridge in this bright pink Ferrari or kit car it looked like.

He was walking down and it started again.

I thought he was going to drop something off the bridge on me…. some Unilever dust fell off his shoulder, or there was something on there making him a bit batty.

Anyway, he was saying “stop”, let’s sort this out jump off, “let’s go”.

I said “no”, and told him he was overweight and something else.

Anyways, as I disappeared down the canal, he jumped in his sports vehicle. Revved it up and left.

I expected him to turn up at Anderton services with his friends, where I was filling up with water.

He didn’t.

Strange assault

I can only assume he’s drunk the local water, which was infected many years ago by industry in the area, and it’s tipped his batty scale.

Scary stuff.

Good job i’m used to it, or I wouldn’t have known what to think.


On with the journey.


Today was awful.

Torrential rain.

All day.


I had to light the fire at lunch time because it was simply so depressing.

Got off to a 9am start at Dunham Massey.

There were plenty of people on the Bridgewater, trying to get off like I was.

Bridgewater charges

Avoided paying the Bridgewater charges, which are now Β£40 apparently.

People have told me different things about these.

  1. They are rigorously enforced and unavoidable.
  2. They are not rigorously enforced and avoidable.

Standard canal “everyone’s an expert”.

My experience is number 2.

If you want to hang around on the Bridgewater in conspicuous places, expect to be paying the charges as detailed on their site.

Anyways, I nipped through, and it didn’t cause me any bother.

Finally got down to the Trent and Mersey.

Preston Brook

20160926_092238Past here the draft and width of the canal becomes a lot less.

In addition to this, the speed you can achieve without creating massive bow waves is also a lot less.

Those happy days of thrashing everywhere around on full throttle are gone. Even approaching 5mph creates a bow wave the size of Krakatoa.

I’ve had to adjust my speed accordingly.

Now at….

Got some water at Anderton services, just before afore mentioned incident happened.

Had tea and am listening to classic FM in the warmth of the fire.

Map – Day 29

I’m now using this Viewranger software, which is a lot more efficient at measuring the journey and placing the photographs.

Video – Day 29

Just a quick bit of timelapse from the Bridgewater canal.

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  1. Wuuuu…..not a nice experience but drunks seem fascinated by the canal…remember canal cruising and the White Shed Door!!!!! You’ve survived that ….well done. Glad you’re off the Bridgewater:-) good old T&M…. will you come through the Harecastle this time? The Cheshire locks will be a challenge…enjoy that…..hope some locks are in your favour….and then there’s Stoke πŸ™ one very deep lock in the centre + 4 more I think….but once you’re through Stoke it’s rather nice…..pretty countryside, mostly, through to Stone πŸ™‚ ooooooooohhhhhhh enjoy all that:-) xxxx

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