CRUISES – PROPOSED, ‘BUCKET LIST’

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 Guild and/or Whatsapp.

Status classifications 

  • 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.

2023 CRUISE

NORTHERN WATERWAYS   

Status: POSSIBLE

Date:  2023

A proposal was presented at the November 2022 4Cs Social at Stafford Boat Club.

The principal elements of the cruise are the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, River Mersey Crossing and the Huddersfield Narrow Canal & Standedge Tunnel.  While the L&L goes on to the Mersey, the Huddersfield has been linked-in to form a cruising ring, in an anticlockwise direction.

Where to commence the ring ??, we are considering a two-flotilla suggestion with the ‘West’ starting before the ‘East’ and meeting-up to cruise together the L&L and the Mersey, then the flotillas separate.  Suggested dates are the ‘West’ starting later in April and the ‘East’ in mid-May.  Also, the proposal tries to offer flexibility for boats only wanting to cruise part and/or waterways accessible from the ‘ring’.

To view a video of the slides and commentary of the presentation Click here

Initial expressions can be made in reply to the notice on the Members communication ‘Guild’ or by emailing gedbird@gmail.com

FUTURE CRUISES ????

MIDLANDS ENGLAND – MACCLESFIELD & CALDON CANALS

Status:  LIKE-TO-DO

Date:  2023 or 2024

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.

Possible option to 2023 Northern Cruise ??

NORTH-WEST ENGLAND – RIBBLE & LANCASTER CANAL

Status:  LIKE-TO-DO

Date:  2023 or 2024

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.

Possible excursion on the 2023 Northern Cruise ??

SOUTH-WEST ENGLAND – STROUDWATER NAVIGATION

Status:  POSSIBLE

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.