5 popular destinations for travelling where disease is still rife 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
Milkhouse water bridge

Milkhouse Water, Wiltshire

Michael Tyler


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Continuous cruising rules

  1. Each 14 days as a continuous cruiser; you have to move location.
  2. Not only that, each 14 days that move has to represent a move to a new neighbourhood.
  3. Not only that, each move must be linear, you can move from X to Y and then to Z, but not from X to Y and back to X again.
  4. To clarify that the CRT puts it on it’s site ‘consistent with the lifestyle of one who means to ‘navigate canals and waterways’.

It’s no longer possible to live on the canals and waterways of the UK under Canal and River Trust rules, you simply have the right to navigate.

There may be ways AROUND this. But strict enforcement essentially means; if you’ve got no ‘homebase’, you’ve got to be going from A to C, (with all the little b’s inbetween).

Milkhouse Water
Milkhouse Water

Milkhouse Water

This week, my little ‘b’ is Milkhouse Water. This is essentially the next parish along from Pewsey, maybe 2 miles down the road.

It doesn’t have the facilities of Pewsey wharf.

To compare the two:-

Pewsey Wharf facilities

  • Parking
  • Refuse disposal
  • Waterpoint
  • Elsan
  • Visitor moorings

Milkshouse Water Bridge

  • Parking

Mooring my boat at Milkhouse Water

The water is very shallow in this area. This means, every time you approach the bank, you run aground.

The CRT have done some work improving the banks along this section, which has slightly alleviated the problem, but it’s something you are going to encounter.

In order to embark and dis-embark from your boat, you’re going to require one of these.


A plank.

Many people have these at the front and rear, but my front is around 6-8 feet from the bank, so I’ll be relying on the rear.

Water hazards

The towpath is particularly muddy, as it was raining torrentially yesterday. This morning, when I was moving, my muddy foot slipped off the bow, and I lost my balance.

Luckily I fell into the boat, rather than into water.

It’s at times like this I’m thankful I’m still fit.

  • Muddy towpath
  • Shallow moorings
  • Slippery banks

These all add up to a pretty treacherous combination, which although not fatal, I’m sure has caused many boaters to end up in the water.

All set up

I moved my boat earlier in the day. I’ve got my plank down, and we’re all set up, ready for the next two weeks.

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  1. Mud not good…lucky you fell into boat…hope it didn’t hurt too much. Front Fender looks good. Hope the mud has dried a bit today….nice plank..useful.

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