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post #11 of 49 (permalink) Old 24-04-2019, 20:39
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Hi Garcia!

We rented a narrow boat last year for the first time. We did a week with 2 friends and we all absolutely loved it. In fact we liked it so much we are doing 10 days starting on May 10th with the same friends. We rented from a company called Clifton Cruisers at Clifton upon Dunsmore just east of Rugby. Our boat was a 62 footer with 2 beds, 2 bathrooms and with the galley and dining room at the rear of the boat. The Oxford Canal is known as being particularly pretty as it travels through mostly rural countryside although we also travelled west on the Grand Union as far as Warwick which is a little more built up. We found the slow pace of life really relaxing.

A couple of tips.

Keep your speed right down when passing moored boats. Owners get quite upset if you don't! 2 mph max is recommended.

You will need a river licence if you want to leave the canal system.

If you want some good advice on the various aspects of manouvering a narrowboat, have a look on YouTube and search for Willow Wren Training. They've got some really good videos.

Have a look at a website called canal plan.eu. It's brilliant for planning your journey.

I'm sure you will have a brilliant time! If I had the money I would definitely buy a narrowboat.

If I can be of any help please don't hesitate to ask......

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Thanks for the above replies....iíll Try and answer all the questions in one post.....
1. Do we have a route....well yes to start. Weíre heading down the Oxford from Rugby to Oxford. If I feel I can cope with the Thames itíll be down to Reading and then the Kennet and Avon which is about as close to friends and relatives on the south coast as we can get.....
2. Got to head north to the Macclesfield by August for a Richard Thompson concert. Would like to then go up the Peak District canal.
3. Maybe Llangollen, certainly Foxton locks....Definitely scared of tunnels, but guess we are gonna have to do some.
4. Quite fancy the slow pace...4 mph sounds about right....,
5.yes ....the dogs will be interesting...they are 3 years old now and much calmer, but guess we will be doing a lot of walking and hoping they donít dive in after the ducks...!!!!!!! More worried about the journey up with 3 in the car!!!!
Iím sure theyíll settle to a routine when we get the boat....itís 57 feet so bigger than the mobile home we live in ( tho they wonít have the garden)....and it has 2 bedrooms,one of which I have asked them to empty so I can make it a dog room with their beds....
6. Arhhh...the French canals...Geoff...maybe if this works out, a future trip on the burgundy and down the Canal du Midi to where we used to live would be good....
7 Bikes....we were planning to take one ...just for shopping...but 3 dogs in the car and thereís no space , so not to be. Actually shopping is a concern...three dogs eat a lot and buying bulk dog food without a car will be interesting.....
Ho hum....

Guess we are going to have a lot of fun...or go mad.....
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So excited for you Garcia. Have the dogs got life vests?
If it all goes pear shaped with the dogs then give me a ring and I will come and get them and they can all stay here. Or, just the naughty one (there is always one).

It is something we have always wanted to do, too, so will follow your blog.

We saw a dutch barge in Charleville Messiers. It had English owners and they had car on deck with a crane to lift it on and off with! We lurked and lurked to get to speak to them but they must have spotted us!
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Hi Garcia.

I shall be following your trip. Always wanted to do this myself but never got round to it. If memory serves me correct I did enquire but the cost for a week at the time wasn't feasible for a single person.

Look forward to reading all about it.

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Brilliant

Iíll love your travels

3 dogs and a boat

Wasnít there a book, a film even , three men and a dog ?

We will just reverse it

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Sounds fabulous Garcia - and realising a dream: priceless!
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Are you all following Garcia on his blog?
In case not he's in the UK and on the barge now.
He's put some nice pictures on there, the last one is of him steering and one of his dogs savouring the air. I've saved that one
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It's a narrow boat!

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It's a narrow boat!
Barge is near enough for me

Are you following his blog?

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yes

But shadow would be in the water , he loves water

But I doubt we could haul him back on board now

So one more experience once heís gone

And grandkids or kids to work the locks

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