Cruises were discussed at this year’s Club Social, but, other than Little Venice, details and dates were still in abeyance at the meeting awaiting further advice. Following on from a suggestion, this page is a ‘Bucket List’ of cruises and destinations over the next few years for consideration and discussion. The intention is to use the website to see the latest information and the ‘List’ will be kept updated, together with the status of cruises. Further details of individual cruises will be posted by the organisers via Mobilize and/or Whatsapp.
- DEFINITE: Cruise is proceeding, advise organiser now if wanting to join;
- PROBABLE: Cruise is likely to proceed, but subject to further details, express interest to organiser if wanting to join;
- POSSIBLE: Cruise is proposed, details and instructions to be advised;
- LIKE-TO-DO: Cruise is an idea to be developed, details and instructions to be advised.
LONDON – LITTLE VENICE CAVALCADE & PADDINGTON BASIN
Date: 2022 – Early May Bank-Holiday weekend, 30th April
Route: Attending this organised festival where the Grand Union meets the Regents Canal. A free, annual bank-holiday celebration of London’s nautical-dwelling communities, and approximately 130 water homes will be moored along the picturesque route, dressed up for the pageant.
4Cs boats Clara Grace, Cormorant 2 and Elemiah are already signed-up and have moorings reserved. Anybody else interested please contact Bob Hallam on Cormorant 2.
LONDON – THAMES BARRIER & TIDEWAY
Date: 2022 – Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th May (based on favourable tides)
Route: Sailing from Limehouse basin, first day around the Barrier and return to the basin and on the second day sailing west through London to Teddington Lock.
This cruise is dependent on the assistance of the St Pancras Cruising Club to facilitate and the above dates are their latest advice, precise details to be advised. 4Cs boats are interested, anybody else interested please contact Bob Hallam on Cormorant 2.
SOUTH ENGLAND – BASINGSTOKE CANAL
Date: 2022 – Late May Bank-Holiday weekend / early June
Route: Sailing this canal from Woodham Junction, near Weybridge, to its end near Basingstoke and returning to Weybridge.
It is known that the canal must carefully manage water supply issues, but feedback highlights navigation issues with boats of a deeper water-draught and/or higher air-draught ? Various 4Cs boats previously expressed an interest, await further advice and details from Peter Powell on Peru before confirming interested boats.
SOUTH ENGLAND – RIVER THAMES, LECHLADE
Date: 2022 – June / July
Route: Sailing to the navigable head of the RiverThames at Lechlade.
This cruise is to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the 4C’s, which was created from the cruise to bring to the publics notice the restoration by the Cotswold Canals Trust. Await further advice and details to be published before requesting for interested boats.
MIDLANDS ENGLAND – MACCLESFIELD & CALDON CANALS
Date: 2022 or 2023
Route: Sailing the Trent & Mersey Canal to the branch canal of the Caldon, then north to the Macclesfield & Peak Forest Canals to reach historic Bugsworth Basin.
This has been a suggestion for several years, but with the near collapse of the Toddbrook Reservoir at the head of the Peak Forest, it could be advisable to await the remedial works to be completed and the water supply being more reliable. Await further advice and details to be published before requesting interested boats.
NORTH-WEST ENGLAND – RIBBLE & LANCASTER CANAL
Date: 2022 or 2023
Route: Sailing to the head of the Rufford Branch of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, going out on the River Douglas and crossing the River Ribble. Then progressing up the Linkway and the Lancaster Canal, plus the Glasson Branch to the Dock.
This has been done by the 4Cs before, however the cruise became elongated as breaches caused them to get stranded up there!! The crossing of the Ribble is to a CRT Schedule and boats will be on the Lancaster for approximately 14-days (about 17 hours of cruising) before returning. Await further advice and details to be published before requesting interested boats.
NORTH ENGLAND – NORTHERN CANALS
Date: 2023 or 2024
Route: Sailing one of the three canals that cross the Pennines, destinations to the east side could be York & Ripon on the River Ouse and the Sheffield & South Yorks canal.
To reach the north there will likely require significant transit times for boats, therefore this cruise would be for an extended period. Await further advice and details to be published before requesting interested boats.
SOUTH-WEST ENGLAND – STROUDWATER NAVIGATION
Date: 2024 or 2025
Route: Sailing down the River Severn to Gloucester, then Gloucester & Sharpness Canal to Saul Junction and then onto restored Stroudwater Navigation.
An essential cruise for the 4Cs to do as the Club was formed following a cruise to promote the Cotswold Canals Trust restoration between Saul Junction and Lechlade. Although well in the future, keep a note for adding to diaries and putting on calendars as we will look to be part of the opening celebrations. Await further advice and details to be published before requesting interested boats.