1980 Larch and Pine

A fortnight’s trip over the Leeds and Liverpool Canal with two eight-berth (55ft) boats due to the short locks. I was only there for a few days over the middle weekend. I remember being attacked by a swan in Barnoldswick (it was famous for it apparently) and also trying to find the boat one night by car to join the crew in the pub but being unable to as I assumed every pub would be near a bridge, which is not the case!

Dates: 26th April  –  10th May 1980

Boats: Larch and Pine from Middlewich Narrowboats, both eight-berth, 55ft.

Crew:  Week One:

Larch : Mike Piet, Jon Bore, Pete & Sally Challis, Hugh Mowat, Clive Coole (from Tuesday)

Pine: Lily Hopkins, Duncan, Christine Bailey, Ken Harrop, Lily Hopkins, John Hopkins, Hilary Smith

Crew: Week Two

Larch: Mike Piet, Clive Coole, Dai Evans, Lynda Barr & Dave Schindler, plus weekenders Jim Davies, Mark Doran & Dave Armstrong

Pine Lily Hopkins, Duncan Roberts, and others

 

Route: Middlewich – Preston Brook – Worsley – Wigan – Leeds – Aire & Calder – Skelton – Leeds – Wigan – Leigh – Daresbury – Anderton – River Weaver (one boat only) – Anderton  -Middlewich.

Stopping Places:

Sat 26th April:  Anderton

Sun 27th: Worsley (Probably Bridgewater Hotel, Boddington’s)

Mon 28th: Riley Green, Royal Oak

Tue 29th: Barrowford Bottom Lock (Mike’s Diary says “Drive to Pub!”  How?)

Wed 30th:  Skipton (The pub had Younger’s No.3 ale and a gas “log fire”)

Thu 1st May: Apperley Bridge (and a “poseur’s pub”)

Fri 2nd : Leeds (The Admiral Duncan, Sam Smiths)

Sat 3rd:  Rodley (“Serious drinkers” got a bus to Pudsey; others went to “a smooth hotel”)

Sun 4th:  Skipton (Same pub as on Wednesday)

Mon 5th: Brierfield (and a Thwaites pub)

Tue 6th: Blackburn (Park Hotel)

Wed 7th Plank Lane

Thu 8th: Daresbury (Ring o’ Bells?)

Fri 9th: Middlewich (Newton Brewery Inn, Marston’s)

 

Mike’s Diary Notes:

Canal Trip 1980 (Leeds & Liverpool) Larch & Pine from Middlewich
Saturday 26 April Picked up by Lily at 10.30 & to Duncan’s in sun. To Middlewich. Fish & chips. Pub. Onto boat at 15.00. Turn at Wardle (Barbridge Junction) & to pub at Anderton. Liver casserole.
Sunday 27 April Up & away at 7.00. Steer Preston Brook tunnel. Straight along Bridgwater. MSC aqueduct. Stop at Worsley. Spag Bol. Walk to pub.
Monday 28 April Straight through grot on Leigh Branch. Up Wigan 2 + 21 (3 hours). Sunny day but chilly. Super locks at Wheelton. ‘Royal Oak’ at Riley Green. Duncan’s curry.
Tuesday 29 April Up in drizzle but it gets better. Into Blackburn. Bomb (I think that is what it says!) at Burnley. Tarpaulin on Pine prop at Nelson – 45 mins to clear. To Barrowford Bottom. Drive to pub & walk back. Vegetarian ‘stuff’.
Wednesday 30 April Windy up locks & steer fast around contour section (we had to have crew on shore with rope & poles to keep boat in channel). Over summit level & slowly down locks. Long walks & swing bridges. Skipton with Springs Branch. Lily’s stew. No3 ale in pub with gas log fire.
Thursday 1 May Up late. Hovering black cloud but stays fine. Behind working boats. 5-rise at Bingley. To Apperley Bridge. Shepherds’ Pie. Walk to ‘posers’ pub.
Friday 2 May Down Aire Valley to Leeds at lunchtime. Sunny but blowy. Water in Leeds. Down Aire & Calder to Skelton Power Station (now demolished). Ace U-turn in river. To Leeds & moor up. Greek restaurant & to ‘Duncan’ pub.
Saturday 3 May Up late & shop in Morrisons for weekend. Man United fans in town centre. Walk round factories but see steam engines at station so up onto railway lines. New crew arrives. Set off 15.30 to Rodley. Serious drinkers off to Pudsey but others walk to smooth hotel.
Sunday 4 May Up again to Skipton. Organise 3-rise & 5-rise. Windy but warm. Blisters on feet due to training shoes. Back to pub in Skipton.
Monday 5 May Windy but pleasant again. Zapping along & leave Dai & Clive at East Morton pub. Brierfield. Cooking macaroni cheese. News of SAS raid (Iranian Embassy)
Tuesday 6 May Walk & chat. Water at Burnley. First of good pubs at Blackburn – ‘Park Hotel’.
Wednesday 7 May Down Wigan 23 & to Bickershaw Colliery at Plank Lane. Steam pumping engines. Everything covered in coal dust.
Thursday 8 May Leigh & Manchester. Water at Sale. Shopping. Trolley fished out of canal. Long quiet evening to Daresbury. Nice sunset & walk to pub.
Friday 9 May Lily sprains ankle. To Anderton & all on one boat to go down Anderton Lift. Along Weaver to Vale Royal – ace. Back up lift & long run to Middlewich to get good tea. Newton Brewery.
Saturday 10 May Clear up. Farce with Lily’s car & non-existent keys (?). Lift back in Jim’s 2CV.
Week One Crew:

[Larch] Mike Piet, Jon Bore, Pete & Sally Challis, Hugh Mowat, Clive Coole (from Tuesday)

[Pine] Lily Hopkins, Duncan, Christine Bailey, Ken Harrop, Lily Hopkins, John Hopkins, Hilary Smith

Week Two Crew:

[Larch] Mike Piet, Clive Coole, Dai Evans, Lynda Barr & Dave Schindler, plus weekenders Jim Davies, Mark Doran & Dave Armstrong

[Pine] Lily Hopkins, Duncan Roberts, ???

Notes: We sent Willow Wren a postcard from Leeds as they thought we’d be lucky to get there! The website shows Elm & Pine but I have the boats as Larch & Pine (I’ll check this when I get photos scanned). (Title now corrected, thanks  JD )

 

Photo’s: Here are the only ones I have found so far but Hil has prints I can scan when I get round to it.

Kirkstall Lock May 1980

Kirkstall Lock, Aire & Calder

Leeds

Leeds

Leeds 2

Pine in Leeds

Above Bingley

Above Bingley

Barnoldswick

The Barnoldswick Swan

Swan attack at Barnoldswick

That Swan again

 

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Location not recorded. Somewhere above Gargrave?

 

 

Location not recorded 2

Another unrecorded location

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