CRUISES – PROPOSED, ‘BUCKET LIST’

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.

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.

LONDON – LITTLE VENICE CAVALCADE & PADDINGTON BASIN

Status:  DEFINITE

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

Status:  DEFINITE

Date:  2022 – Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th May (based on favourable tides) 

Route:  Sailing from Limehouse basin east through the Barrier, turning with the tide  at Margaretness and then sailing west through London to Teddington Lock.  Next day cruise upriver to the River Wey and the next cruise on the Basingstoke Canal.

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, any other boats please contact Bob Hallam of Cormorant 2.

SOUTH ENGLAND – BASINGSTOKE CANAL

Status: DEFINITE

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, any other boats please contact Peter Powell of Peru .

SOUTH ENGLAND – RIVER THAMES, LECHLADE & INGLESHAM

Status: DEFINITE

Date:  2022 – June (arrive 6th June, for approximately a week)

Route:  From the Basingstoke Canal Cruise, sailing upriver 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.  There will be various celebrations and events, details to be advised when available.  Several boats  have expressed their interest, any other boats please contact Bob Hallam of Cormorant 2.

MIDLANDS ENGLAND – MACCLESFIELD & CALDON CANALS

Status:  LIKE-TO-DO

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

Status:  LIKE-TO-DO

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

Status:  LIKE-TO-DO

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

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.