Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Maiden Voyage...

Our first trip out on Dee O Ghee went great, internet signal was pretty lousy throughout the journey, hence posting now but I guess we'll get used to that. We arrived back home yesterday.

We set off on our maiden voyage last Friday, it was only a couple of miles down the canal when we came to Lymm, we couldn't pass by without stopping even if it was for a quick walk through the village. We cruised a little further but the nights are getting dark and by 4pm we decided to call it a night just outside Grappenhall, this was our first night on board Dee O Ghee, we spotted another boat so decided to moor not too close behind it.

Saturday, and on through Stockton Heath, passing boats we recognised of friends we had made while doing the fit-out at Hesford, no one on board but then it was still quite early. We stopped off at Preston Brook to collect a bag of coal from Midland Chandlers. When we got to Preston Brook tunnel the passage was in our favour, time to try out the LED tunnel light. so pleased with it I could see where I was going, not like some of the lights we'd had on previous hire boats, what a joke.
Passed the Dutton breach repair, a brass plaque marks the spot  where the embankment gave way. Tonight we moored about 100yrd past The Old Broken Cross Inn and paid them a visit for dinner, a lovely traditional pub, just how I like them.

Sunday. Middlewich and the first real locks of the trip, then a right turn onto the Shropshire union Llangollen branch, Today was by far the best day, a bit more activity. we moored up just after Church Minshull lock for the night, the quietest spot and by far the darkest.

Monday. First call of the day was to Venetian Chandlers, We had a slight mishap on Saturday, I have to admit the chimney was overlooked when we set off in the morning and a low bridge coming through Lostock decapitated the china mans hat, sounds like we may not have be the only ones caught out by low bridges as V/C have had a rush on caps and have none left. Anyway the rest of the day was quite rotten, the rain started soon after leaving the chandlers and with the cold it wasn't nice. Arrived in Nantwich just after 12 noon. Warmed up on a cup of tea and then it was time for the journey home by Taxi, Train and Bus.

We have been very pleased with Dee O Ghee.
Setting off down the Bridgewater

Entering Lymm village

Mooring at Lymm to do some shopping

Lymm, approach road to canal

First overnight stay aboard. Just out of Grappenhall village
Passing through Stockton Heath
Passing Walton Gardens

Leaving Preston Brook

Mark in Preston Brook tunnel, white light in bottom left is tunnel entrance in distance.

Leaving Preston Brook tunnel

Location of Dutton breach earlier this year.

Mooring at Broken Cross for the night

Corinne trying to get an internet signal on her phone
Big Lock at Middlewich

Coming up to Middlewich narrowboat hire

Shopping trip and Lunchtime mooring

King Fisher. Honest its there, just below centre.

Met Dave the dog at Venetian Chandlery
Church Minshull Lock

Mark relaxing.


  1. You guys must be thrilled.. The video was s exciting to watch . Loved the name of the tug truck! Shame the vid wasn't longer and also showed you guys taking control of the tiller and sailing away! Rally happy for you! It's looking more and more gorgeous every day! I am jealous - esp of your engine room as ours always just looks like a fancy shed!

  2. I remember well when we took our boat along the canal for the first time. You will always remember the first few weeks and already you both look so relaxed.. Happy days..

  3. So pleased for you both and you certainly look at home in front of that lovely looking fire Mark. Happy cruising!

  4. Thanks everyone, we are having a great time.