At 58 feet length, TQ (as we call her) is a steel hull narrow boat built by Colecraft and fitted out by Elton Moss Boatbuilders. Currently based at Aqueduct Marina in Cheshire we're able to cruise some of the most popular waterways in Britain. The Shropshire Union, The Trent and Mersey, The Llangollen Canal, The Four Counties Ring and Cheshire Ring and more.

Our friendly Syndicate decided to go down the Self Management route on 1st March 2012 and so far it has been very successful. Please visit the other pages in this blog to see the new Web Site and if shares are available for sale. (There'll not be many).

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Monday, 4 July 2011

Canalside Artwork!

More Artwork!

Battle of Bosworth Monument

Battlefield Line Steam Engine on the move

Griddle Carriage, next to the bar!

TQ at Ashby Canal Terminus

Stoke Golding

Continuing problems with the computer, I’m afraid, so have to catch up when it’s possible.
On Friday 1st July we set off at half past nine in sunshine. Just after Bridge 27 we tied up at a BW mooring place, which is actually on the opposite side from the towpath. We walked along the road into Stoke Golding- only a quarter of a mile. It is a lovely village with an old church which we would have liked to look at- but unfortunately a funeral was taking place at the time so we could only see the outside of it. There was a general store and also a Post Office and two pubs!
Saw so many fluffy moorhens and tiny ducklings today, as we have done for the whole trip, but every brood is a pleasure to see.
Continued on to Shackerstone, a small village (without a shop- but with a Victorian Railway Station and line) and moored near Br. 52 at 5pm. Just a short walk from the mooring to The Rising Sun for an excellent meal.
No problems at the mooring overnight and at 0815 we set off to complete the Ashby Canal. A very tranquil cruise to the terminus, in lovely weather again, and we arrived there at 0945. The Ashby Canal Association members are rightly proud of the restoration work of a further section of the canal which was completed last year and are hoping that the whole of the original canal will be restored eventually. There is a small cabin/shop at the terminus, as well as a bric and brac section nearby.
We left there soon after 10 and were back at Shackerstone by 11:20. We then went to the Railway station, which has a café and a museum, and enjoyed bacon baps before crossing the line for the 12:30 to Shenton. A mixture of different coaches on the steam train, some dating back to the Fifties. (Hopefully the photos will appear on the blog!) Only 20 mins to Shenton, but a good ride. There is a walk from there uphill, but not a long way, to the area where the Battle of Bosworth was fought- and where Richard the Third was killed. Back down to Shackerstone on the Battlefield Line and back to TQ. Set off at quarter past three and arrived at Stoke Golding at 1845. Moorings were full at Br. 27 so we moored near Br. 26. A bit of a walk along the towpath to the bridge, then followed the main road up to the pubs. The Indian restaurant attached to The Three Horseshoes served excellent food.
Today, (Sunday), we set off at 0920 and an hour later came across an old boat straddled right across the canal. It was empty and we presumed that someone had untied the mooring ropes during the night. After that, the canal continued in its peaceful, very rural surroundings. We moored at lunchtime on the towpath near Br. 2. No other boats around and nothing in sight but water, trees and fields- gorgeous.
Unfortunately, later on, as we approached Marston Junction, a lot of reeds/grasses got caught up in the propeller. Fortunately we stopped in the very narrow section just before the bridge, so I was able to hold TQ while the captain had the difficult job of removing the offending material. Twenty five minutes later we were off again and eventually moored a little before Br.26, only four boats here, and we had a barbecue!

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