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News article created on 8 August 2014

Helen's cruising plan for 2014

Helen is now moored up a mile or so above Lapworth Locks. The rest of our 2014 plan is set out below – please say hello if you see us go past, if you want to have a chat about the Trust or our travels.

Our cruising plan for 2014:

Wed Aug 13 - down Lapworth Locks, along the Grand Union and up Knowle Locks

Thurs Aug 14 - into Birmingham to around the Spaghetti Junction area

Fri Aug 15 - up Perry Barr Locks on the Tame Valley Canal, up Rushall Locks

Sat Aug 16 - along the Wyrley & Essington Canal, including the Anglesey Branch to the Chasewater Reservoir and the Cannock Extension Canal and then to Sneyd Junction

Sun Aug 17 - along the Wryley & Essington Canal and then down the Wolverhampton 21 locks


Sat Sept 6 - along the Shropshire Union Canal to Gnosall

Sun Sept 7 - continue to Goldstone, maybe looking at part of the derelict Shrewsbury & Newport Canal on the way

Mon Sept 8  - continue to Audlem bottom lock

Tues Sept 9 - on the way to Nantwich, visit the Hack Green Nuclear Bunker

Wed Sept 10 -  no movement

Thurs Sept 11 -  across to Middlewich and up the Trent & Mersey Canal to Wheelock

Fri Sept 12 - on to Kidsgrove

Sat Sept 13 - through Harecastle Tunnel and along the Caldon Canal to Stockton Brook

Sun Sept 14 - up the Leek Arm


Sat Sept 27 - Hazlehurst to Cheddington

Sun Sept 28 - 40th anniversary celebrations of Caldon Canals's re-opening

Mon Sept 29 - down to Froghall Basin

Tues Sept 30 - no movement

Wed Oct 1 - back to Hazlehurst

Thurs Oct 2 - back along the Caldon Canal to Etruria

Fri Oct 3 - along the Trent & Mersey Canal  to Stone

Sat Oct 4 - along the Trent & Mersey and then the Staffs & Worcs Canal  to Tixall Wide

Sun Oct 5 - continue to Penkridge 

About this blog

John Dodwell

John Dodwell was formerly one of our 10 trustees. He owns Helen, a 51ft old BCN tug/icebreaker which draws 3ft and is based near Stourbridge, West Midlands. His waterways interest goes back to the early 1960s.

John’s been involved in the waterways since the early 1960s and he enjoys all aspects of the waterways. To pick out one oddity, he was pleased and surprised to see about a dozen herons this June around the BCN Main Line, including two under the M6 motorway!

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