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August 2009 - "Savoy Hill IV"

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Crew Photo

Savoy Hill IV Layout
61ft x 6ft 10in (7 berths) - Built 2003

Duration
Saturday 15th August - Saturday 22th August
?? Miles / ?? Locks

Hired From
BBC Club - Canal Cruising
(Picked up from Kings Bromley Marina, Lichfield Road, Bromley Hayes, Staffordshire WS13 8HT)

Crew List
Ron Bloomfield, John Foster, Peter Page and others!

Route
Bromley Hayes, Woolsely Bridge, Meaford (Bridge 102, Lakeside Tavern), Stocton Brook, Milton (Bridge 18), Barlaston (Bridge 103, Plume of Feathers), Weston (Bridge 80, Saracens Head), Kings Bromley Marina - via Etruria Junction and Leek

Waterways
Trent and Mersey Canal, Caldon Canal

Memorable Moments
Etruria Museum. Trying to avoid Ron's left-overs in restaurants. Playing 'hunt-the-pub' at Milton. Total gridlock at Great Haywood, due to landslip breach on Staffs and Worcs. Consal Forge branch shut due to lock-gate damage.

June 2008 - "??"

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Duration
Friday ?? June - Friday ?? June
?? Miles / ?? Locks

Hired From
Alvechurch Boat Centres, Wrenbury Mill, Wrenbury, Cheshire CW5 8HG

Crew List
Ron Bloomfield, John Foster, Gina Edwards, Angela Collins, Kay and David

Route
Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Trevor, Llangollen and more...

Waterways
Llangollen Canal

Memorable Moments
Ron nearly being blown into Pontcysyllte Aqueduct's water trough whilst crossing during a gale.

September 2007 - "Savoy Hill IV"

Savoy Hill IV Crew
Savoy Hill IV Crew

Savoy Hill IV Layout
61ft x 6ft 10in (7 berths) - Built 2003

Duration
?? September - ?? September
?? Miles / ?? Locks

Hired From
BBC Club - Canal Cruising

Crew List
Ang, Lizzie Allen, Ron Bloomfield, Gina Edwards, John Foster and Peter Page

Route
Thrupp, north via Banbury to top of Napton Locks and return, plus Oxford onto the Thames, west through two river locks and then back to Thrupp via Dukes Cut

Waterways
South Oxford Canal, River Thames

Memorable Moments
Crew not slowing down enough for Pete to get on board with only one working leg.

July 2004 - "Savoy Hill IV"

Savoy Hill IV Crew
Savoy Hill IV Crew

Savoy Hill IV Layout
61ft x 6ft 10in (7 berths) - Built 2003

Duration
Saturday 17th July - Saturday 24th July
91.25 Miles / 118 Locks

Hired From
BBC Club - Canal Cruising
(Picked up from Alvechurch Boat Centres, Alvechurch Marina, Scarfield Wharf, Alvechurch, Worcestershire B48 7SQ)

Crew List
Richard Ayres*, Ron Bloomfield, Bob Ferris, John Foster, Peter Page*

Route
Alvechurch, King's Norton Junction, Farmers Bridge Junction, Smethwick Junction, Spon Lane Junction, Tipton Junction, Dudley Tunnel Entrance, Tipton Junction, Tipton Factory Junction, Deepfields Junction, Horseley Fields Junction, Aldersley Junction, The Bratch, Stourton Junction, Wolverley, Stourport, Holt Fleet Bridge, Worcester, Tibberton, Hanbury Junction, Tardebigge, Alvechurch, Hopwood, Alvechurch

Waterways
Worcester & Birmingham Canal, Birmingham Canal Navigations, Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal, River Severn

Memorable Moments
Steam train ride on the Severn Valley Railway to Bridgnorth. Not visiting Cadbury World. Spending quality time with the new loo (fixing it).

September 2003 - "Savoy Hill II"

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Duration
Saturday 6th September - Saturday 13th September

Hired From
BBC Club - Canal Cruising
(Picked up from Barton Turns Marina, Barton under Needwood, Burton on Trent DE13 8EA)

Crew
Richard Ayres*, Ron Bloomfield, Bob Ferris, John Foster, Peter Page*

Route
Barton Turn, Fradley Junction, Fazeley Junction, Atherstone, Nuneaton, Marston Junction, Snarestone, Marston Junction, Nuneaton, Atherstone, Fazeley Junction, Hopwas, Fradley Junction, Barton Turn

Waterways
Trent & Mersey Canal, Coventry Canal, Ashby Canal

Memorable Moments
Hitting the bank (hard) instead of going around a corner - watched by three school girls.

July 2002 - "Pennine"

Pennine Crew
Pennine Crew

Pennine Layout
69ft (12 berths)

Duration
Saturday 13th July - Saturday 20th July
123.5 miles / 132 locks

Hired From
Union Canal Carriers, Braunston Pump House, Dark Lane, Braunston, Daventry NN11 7HJ

Crew
Richard Ayres, Ron Bloomfield, Gina Edwards, Shannon Evans, Bob Ferris, John Foster, Gary Lee, Jane Newing, Peter Page

Route
Braunston, Braunston Turn, Hillmorton, Newbold on Avon, Brinklow, Hawkesbury Junction, Coventry, Hawkesbury Junction, Marston Junction, Nuneaton, Atherstone, Polesworth, Fazeley Junction, Curdworth, Salford Junction, Farmers Bridge, Kings Norton Junction, Kingswood Junction, Warwick, Long Itchington, Napton Junction, Braunston Turn, Norton Junction, Braunston

Waterways
Grand Union Canal, Oxford Canal, Coventry Canal, Birmingham Canal Navigations, Worcester & Birmingham Canal, Stratford & Avon Canal

Memorable Moments
Cadbury World visit.

September 2001 - "Westmorland"

Westmorland Crew 1
Westmorland Crew 1
Westmorland Crew 2
Westmorland Crew 2

Westmorland Layout
56ft (10 berths) - Built 1994

Duration
Monday 10th September - Monday 24th September
159.75 miles / 224 locks

Hired From
Shire Cruisers, The Wharf, Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire HX6 2AG

Crew
Richard Ayres, Ron Bloomfield*, Gina Edwards*, Shannon Evans*, Bob Ferris, Colin Fitton*, John Foster*, Jane Newing*, Peter Page

Route
Ashton-under-Lyne, Dukinfield, Romiley, Marple Junction, Higher Poynton, Bollington, Macclesfield, Bosley Top Lock, Congleton, Hardings Wood (Kidsgrove), Wheelock, Wardle Branch Junction (Middlewich), Broken Cross, Anderton Lift, Preston Brook, Stockton Heath, Lymm, Broadheath, Waters Meeting Junction (Stretford), Barton, Worsley, Barton, Waters Meeting Junction (Stretford), Castlefield Junction, Ducie Street (Manchester), Fairfield Junction, Dukinfield, Stalybridge, Mossley, Uppermills, Dobcross, Diggle, Marsden, Slaithwaite, Sellers / Bates, Huddersfield, Cooper Bridge Junction, Brighouse, Elland, Sowerby Bridge, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, Leddenden Foot, Sowerby Bridge

Waterways
Ashton Canal, Peak Forest Canal, Macclesfield Canal, Trent & Mersey Canal, Bridgewater Canal, Leigh Branch, Rochdale Canal, Huddersfield Narrow Canal, Huddersfield Broad Canal, Calder & Hebble Navigation

Memorable Moments
Being told "you're a long way from home" at Kidsgrove. Anderton Boat Lift visit. Aromatic smell of Kellog's Trafford Park cereal factory. Meal at Manchester's "Persia" restaurant. Awaking to find unit base for "Cold Feet" camped next to us in Manchester city centre. Hearing about 9/11 (the New York City terrorist attack) on the peaceful canal towpath. Taking a dip to check the rudder at Stalybridge. The restored Standedge Tunnel (all 5.2km & 3.5hrs of it). Marsden to central Huddersfield in a single day - a record for the newly restored canal (and a credit to the restorers).

June 2000 - "Cumberland"

Cumberland Crew 1
Cumberland Crew 1
Cumberland Crew 2
Cumberland Crew 2

Cumberland Layout
64ft x 6ft 10in (8+2 berths)

Duration
Saturday 10th June - Saturday 24th June
182.5 miles / 210 locks

Hired From
Anglo-Welsh, Avon Quay, Cumberland Basin, Bristol BS1 6XL

Crew
Richard Ayres, Ron Bloomfield, Phil Carne