27th June - 4th July 2015

The intrepid narrowboating crew of international fame, having already conquered the inland waterways of Great Britain, were keen to demonstrate and share their skills once more to the world.  Against the advice of many, they have elected to navigate the ‘Stourport Ring’ with two new crew members, Tom and Ed.    They cast off on Saturday afternoon 27th June from Stoke Prior in the Bromsgrove District of Worcestershire.   In the first afternoon alone, they must conquer the treacherous Tardebigge flight of 36 locks, lifting the 30 ton narrowboat up some 67 metres over Lickey Ridge.  The second day will require them to traverse the entire length of the Wast Hill Tunnel, built in 1796 and last measured at some 2,726 yards.   Should they survive this section they hope to reach the very heart of Birmingham and relax in the Gas Street Basin area.   The torture will continue though with navigation of the spine chilling ‘Netherton Tunnel’ at an even longer 3027 yards, before reaching the relative safety of Dudley.   Later in the week the narrowboat will be lowered in a dangerous staircase lock system into the fast flowing River Severn, where the crew, Alan, Ron, Tom & Ed, hope to reach Worcester in just one day.


Saturday 27th June (A sunny, hot and very pleasant day)

Sunday 28th June (Light rain during the morning, getting better in the afternoon)

Monday 29th June (An excellent warm and sunny cruising day)

Tuesday 30th June (An very hot summer day)

Wednesday 1st July (Another very hot summer day)

Thursday 2nd July (Warm, but overcast with some rain, heavy at times)

Friday 3rd July (A hot sunny and cloudless day)

Saturday 4th July (A warm sunny day)



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