Stonehill Wharf, Weedon

Meg A Star in last lock

Meg A Star in last lock

Thursday 20th September; 152 days, 918 miles, and 672 locks since we bought Meg A Star, we have now decided to sell her.  We’ve had a really enjoyable time, a little disappointed several canals were closed caused by the brilliant Summer which created a water shortage.  The biggest disappointment was the closure of the Leeds and Liverpool but rather than keep the boat for another year, we can always hire a boat for a couple of weeks and do it later.  Apart from the canals we did this year, we also travelled the Kennet and Avon on Foggy’s Notion,Dave                                                             and  Leisha’s boat   6a78d1a6-911a-4e08-b272-efeee2919bc9

  As there are around 2,000-miles of navigable network, me thinks we’ve not done too badly in the time we’ve had, certainly scratched the itch I’ve had for many years.

It took us all Thursday to sort everything out and going to bed for our last night was interesting, picking our way through everything piled on the floor.

Friday morning, whilst I collected the hire car Christine scrubbed the boat from the bow to the stern, she looked so good that for a moment we wondered if we should keep her!!!!  I started to pack and just managed to squeeze everything in except, to Christine’s consternation, we had to leave her ironing board😡😡😡.   I signed all the necessary paperwork and handed the keys to James Hillsop (Rugby Boats) for him to do the business.  It seemed a fitting place, it’s where we bought her from, so she’s going home.

 

P.S.   Less than 24 hours after we left her, we had an offer, and within an hour, we had completed negotiations and Meg A Star is officially sold.

 

 

 

Meg A Star

Meg A Star

For the record, the routes and associated locks we travelled are detailed below.

Map of network

Map of network

Summer 2018; Canal Trip
Canal From To Miles Mileage Running Total Locks Locks Running Total
Started 24th April
Grand Union Stonehill Wharf Northampton 15 15 24 24
Grand Union Northampton Stonehall 15 30 24 48
Grand Union Stonhill Wharf Gayton Junction 10 40 7 55
Grand Union Gayton Junction Aylesbury Arm 37.5 77.5 25 80
Grand Union Aylesbury Arm Slough Arm 29.25 106.75 52 132
Grand Union Slough Arm Bulls Bridge Junction 3.25 110 0 132
Grand Union Bulls Bridge Junction Brentford Lock 6 116 12 144
River Thames Brentford Lock Teddington Lock 5 121 0 144
River Thames Teddington Lock Weybridge Junction 11.5 132.5 2 146
River Thames Weybridge Junction Windsor 13.5 146 6 152
River Thames Windsor Henley-on-Thames 21.5 167.5 8 160
River Thames Henley-on-Thames Kennet & Avon Junction 8.5 176 3 163
River Thames Kennet & Avon Junction Wallingford 17 193 5 168
River Thames Wallingford Oxford 23 216 8 176
River Thames Oxford Lechlade-on-Thames 30 246 11 187
River Thames Lechlade-on-Thames Oxford – Isis Lock 30 276 11 198
Oxford Canal Oxford – Isis Lock Bandbury 27 303 17 215
Oxford Canal Bandbury Norton Junction 22.25 325.25 22 237
Grand Union Norton Junction Kingswood Junction 21.75 347 46 283
Stratford-Upon-Avon Canal Kingswood Junction Stratford upon Avon 13 360 36 319
River Avon Stratford upon Avon Evesham 18.5 378.5 10 329
River Avon Evesham Tewkesbury 24.5 403 7 336
River Severn Tewkesbury Worscester 14 417 1 337
River Severn Worscester Stourport-on- Severn 12.5 429.5 3 340
Staffordshire & Worcester Canal Stourport-on- Severn Stourton Junction 12.25 441.75 15 355
Staffordshire & Worcester Canal Stourton Junction Adersley Junction 12 453.75 18 373
Staffordshire & Worcester Canal Adersley Junction Autherley Junction 1 454.75
Shropshire Canal Autherley Junction Market Drayton 27 481.75 7 380
Shropshire Canal Market Drayton Crewe 13.25 495 22 402
Shropshire Canal Crewe Barbridge Junction 1.25 496.25 0 402
Shropshire Canal Barbridge Junction Chester 16 512.25 14 416
Shropshire Canal Chester Barbridge Junction 16 528.25 14 430
Shropshire Canal Barbridge Junction Hurleston Junction 1.25 529.5 0 430
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Llangollen Canal Hurleston Junction Llangollen 44.5 574 21 451
Llangollen Canal Llangollen Frankton Junction 16.25 590.25 2 453
Montgomerry Canal Frankton Junction Maesbury Marsh 7 597.25 8 461
Montgomerry Canal Maesbury Marsh Frankton Junction 8 605.25 8 469
Llangollen Canal Frankton Junction Ellesmere 3.5 608.75 0 469
Llangollen Canal Ellesmere Hurleston Junction 26 634.75 19 488
Shropshire Canal Hurleston Junction Autherley Junction 40.75 675.5 29 517
Staffordshire & Worcester Canal Autherley Junction Great Haywood Junction 675.5 517
Trent & Mersey Canal Great Haywood Junction Stoke on Trent 19 694.5 17 534
Trent & Mersey Canal Stoke on Trent Leek 12.5 707 9 543
Caldon Canal Leek Stoke on Trent 12.5 719.5 9 552
Trent & Mersey Canal Stoke on Trent Fradley Junction 31.75 751.25 22 574
Trent & Mersey Canal Fradley Junction Burton on Trent 8.25 759.5 10 584
Trent & Mersey Canal Burton on Trent Trent Lock 10 769.5 4 588
Upper Trent, inc Notts Canal Trent Lock Newark on Trent 33.5 803 9 597
Upper Trent, inc Notts Canal Newark on Trent Trent Lock 33.5 836.5 9 606
River Soar Trent Lock Leicester 25 861.5 18 624
Grand Union Leicester Foxton Locks 18 879.5 24 648
G U Market Harborough Arm Foxton Locks Market Harborough 5.5 885 0 648
G U Market Harborough Arm Market Harborough Foxton Locks 5.5 890.5 0 648
Grand Union Foxton Locks Norton Junction 22.75 913.25 17 665
Grand Union Norton Junction Stonehill Wharf 5 918.25 7 672
Total Engine Hours
Completed 21st September 918.25  67
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