94. Blowy on the Grand Union Canal. Our Winter Narrowboat Adventure!

94. Blowy on the Grand Union Canal. Our Winter Narrowboat Adventure!


How come you’r bigger than me all of a sudden? I’m stood on a gill again. Good morning. Morning. Or, Myttin da. Who? Myttin da. Somebody on YouTube told me to say Myttin da. Apparently it’s good morning in Cornish. In Cornish? Is that. . . I’ll have a pasty? You see. . . I knew. . . I knew when I said it that he would
relate it to Cornish Pasties. Food! I know what you’re like. Food! Welcome to a blowy Lowsonford, It’s done nothing but rain for the last kind of 36 hours. [Laughs] Well it has hasn’t it? No, it started raining last night. It didn’t, it started raining yesterday afternoon. Oh yeah, it did. I was asleep. [Laughs] So yeah, welcome to a blowy Lowsonford. Today we’re leaving. . . and it’s a bit sad really. I like it here. It is really nice, the Internet’s not very
good, the TV signals not very good. It’s very moody towpath after it’s been raining. But it’s just.. I don’t know, there’s
something about this place that I really like, it’s probably the pub. But we are sad to be leaving, but we’ve got to go today. We’ve got to get to our next destination in 3 days. I nearly said we’ve got to
get to so-and-so in 3 days. Cardiff? Yeah, Cardiff. [Laughing] We’re going back up the Stratford-Upon-Avon Canal, towards Kingswood Junction today,
we’re going to get some water there and then we’ve got a decision to make. Do we do a sneaky kind of left and go back up the North Stratford towards Birmingham? Oooh I like Birmingham. We know you like Birmingham [Laughing] Do we do a crafty little leap
over onto the Grand Union. . . and go north. . . towards Birmingham? Oooh I like Birmingham [Laughs] Or do we do a sly right turn
and kind of come back down. . . West. and go towards East. nearly. EAST! Just the opposite. South East. Towards Warwick and. . . Leamington Spa. Oooh I like Leamington Spa. You’ll find out today. [Laughing] If you had a horse, what would you call it? Ned. You’d call it Ned? There’s a poet an English poet and playwright about a hundred years ago called
Ernest Temple Thirston and the only reason I remember
that is because Thurston’s Bakery cos they do a nice finger. . . [Laughing] ICED FINGER! [Laughing] [Laughing] You remember Iced Fingers?
OHH! Yes. [Laughing] What??? Nothing. and he was from, not round here, but he came
here for a narrowboat holiday a hundred years ago and they didn’t have diesel engines then, so in those days you kinda pick your narrow boat, pick your horse. Alright. You know what I mean, like if you go to crazy golf you don’t just like the hire the course,
you hire a bat as well to go with it. Errr. . . and he got a horse called Fanny. [Laughing] No, it’s true. Google it. Honestly, Google it…. Stop. Ohhhhhh you’ve got to stop this. No. . . it’s history, I’m not making this up. So he got a narrowboat
and a horse called Fanny and they had a lovely time on the Stratford-Upon-Avon Canal
a hundred years ago [Laughing] [Laugiung]
Google it, people. We are talking quick because there’s
a boat a couple of boats behind us who’s kind of itching to get off the same way we’re going. But we’ve got 10 locks between
here and Kingswood Junction and we don’t want em all set against us. So we’re off, ta taa. Bye. [Music playing] [Engine starting up]
[Music playing] Music playing] Got this morning and there’s these
little footprints that run all the way down the side of the boat. They’re Shaun’s, but yeah, something’s got on the boat
last night and just walked all the way. . . from the stern right down to the
bow and then jumped off again. [Music playing] Remember that tree that was leaning a funny
angle across the canal before we left last time? Well it came down all the
way while we’ve been in Stratford and even though it doesn’t look
like it’s blocking the canal there’s some big branches just underneath the
water and that’s stopping boats from passing. But literally the morning after we contacted CRT, the contract has arrived and
they spent all day clearing it. They must have had hundreds to
clear this last few weeks though. [Music playing] As much as it’s been a really
mild winter, it has been very wet and I definitely won’t miss these muddy
towpaths when the summer comes. That’s if we get a nice dry warm summer. . . you never know these days. [Music playing] [Music fading] Lock 26… Five done, five to go. . . and that was the M40 Noisy. Hence, I’m shouting. I shouldn’t have to shout. I bet Ernest and Fanny didn’t have
to put up with up noise in 1900. Stop it, I’m going. [Music playing] We’re back at Kingswood Junction
three weeks before we first arrived. Ohhh it;’s getting too much for me is all this. TRAAAAIIN! Lots of trains There is. But there’s a row of trees inconveniently grown,
over like 80 years between us and that. So they’re in the way. Last time you saw Kingswood Junction we’d. . . we’d come from the North
Stratford Canal from Birmingham. We did. and we kinda did that. That? But today we’re gonna do that. Notice the teeth come out as well. [Laughing] We’re in a basin just below the lock which
takes us up onto the North Stratford, but we’re gonna do a sneaky curve right. It’s a sharp right. It’s a very sharp right into a
very narrow little channel that links the Stratford-Upon-Avon Canal
to the Grand Union Canal and that’s where we’re going, we’re going to head east on the Grand Union towards Warwick,
Leamington Spa, Napton Junction and on toward Braunston. I never thought I’d hear myself say Braunston. You’ve just told em where we’re going. No, towards Towards. [Laughs] Oh right. I don’t know. We’re not going to Braunston. Well we’re going towards Braunston. So anyway, here’s the challenge. . . I’m going to
go and hide under a tree. . . and control the drone, while Shaun loses his temper trying
to navigate this kind of basin into the channel and onto the Grand Union. The channel used to be a lock. Even though the drone is gonna be 300 feet hig, you should be able to hear him
swearing if you listen hard enough. [Laughing] Good luck my little soldier. [Laughing] [Music playing] [Music fading] Bye bye Stratford. [Laughs] Aww I always find it sad when we leave a canal. Don’t you? So we’re on the very blowy Grand Union. We’re debating whether to stop or not, well I am. I just want a cup of tea. I know. but it’s getting very blowing I
don’t like it when it gets blowy. But anyway, we’re on the Grand Union. . . heading kind of Southy Easty. [Laughs] Nothing wrong with that. Ooooh! Towards Warwick. Yeaaaah! I was going to sing one of her song, but I don’t know. Der de der der de der [Laughs] [Music playing] So all along the Stratford-Upon-Avon Canal,
you saw those barrel roof cottages. Do you remember them? I do. they quite nice as well. and here’s little tidbit of information
that you might not know. The design for those barrel roof
cottages comes from these bridges. Really? The people that built the canal used the same. . . timber frame. . . for these brick bridges as the did. . . for the roofs on the barrel roof lock cottages. That’s why if you look. . . they look exactly the same. Yeah, they do. [Music playing] This. . . is Rowington Cutting. It should’ve been Rowington Tunnel, it should’ve been a 700 meter long tunnel. Can you hear the wind above us? It’s really windy, it’s nice and sheltered down here,
and it’s warm isn’t it as well? It is warm, yes. It’s about 16 degrees. It’s about lunchtime, 16 degrees it’s
the warmest day it’s been so far. We’ve just got like a fleece on his and his jacket. Jacket to keep the wind off.
What’s that saying? Fur coat and no knickers? I’ve got knickers on. No, it’s a saying isn’t it? I remember when I were a kid and we used
to say, are we have to see my Aunty Pat. No, she’s all. . . She’s fur coat an no knickers is that woman. I don’t know what that means. Anyway, so it’s a cutting and not a tunnel
and the first bloke that they got in. . . to build it was called Robert Pinkerton. Is that him off Breaking Bad? pink, No, it’s Pinkman. Jesse Pinkman isn’t it?
You know that little scrawny one. Yeah, I know what you mean. and he was shown off the job because he was bribing the
canal company for the tender. Greedy. So he got kicked off. . . and then it kicked off again because the
bloke who owns a load the land round here. . . What? [Laughs] I’m trying to be serious here and you’re mocking me. [Laughs] Trying to do my job and I don’t even get paid for it. I know. The bloke that owned most of the land
round here… just because I’m interested. I know you are. The bloke they owned most of…
That’s four times I’ve said that. He came to the canal company and said, hang on a minute. I you’re digging a tunnel or a cutting or whatever it is you’re doing. The stone belongs to me. What does he want with like 700 metres of stone. Why didn’t they just let him have it? Anyway, the canal company wanted the
stone for the embankment that comes after the next bridge. So they were in a bit of a quandary. Did quandaries exist in the late 1700’s? I don’t know. [Laughs] So they had to bung him 500 quid, which is that £90,000.
I work that out myself with a piece of paper. You converted it? I converted it. Can you convert the money in our bank? Errr, nope. and they ended up bunging him 500 quid.
£90,000 to keep his mouth shut. WOW! All for a cutting. That was a lot of money back then. It’s what money now. I know. That was Bridge 62, Rowington Hill Bridge. . . and it like, the transition from Rowington Cutting to Rowington Embankment. So we’ve gone from a cutting to an embankment and that’s why they had to bung. . . Matt LeBlanc’s. . . elder Uncle. Yeah. Thomas the 500 quid because they wanted the stone
to build this embankment. Pile it up here. Ahhh, but. . . Why didn’t they… this is a question and
he don’t know about this not being pre-warned. You never pre-warn me. The wasn’t in the productionmeating last night was it? Why didn’t they, instead of building
embankments. Why didn’t they just do a couple of locks down go across
and then a couple locks back up. Because you can’t do that because there’s
got to be a flow. It’d all wow down into one. Exactly! He’s not as thick as he looks is he. Ahhh there you go. So that’s why they built embankments. Even though it’s a bigger job at the time
than just building a couple of locks going along and a couple of locks back
up. That would have wasted a lot of water, because the water from both sides would come
down the locks and then where’s it gonna go? FLOOD! It would either flood or just drain off somewhere and water back in those days
was an expensive commodity, you can’t just be wasting it. Not only that, but it takes a lot of boaters time
going down two locks and then back up two locks. So by building the embankment,
even though it’s a bigger job. . . back in the day. It makes it easier for us. [Music playing] Rowington Tunnel ended up being a cutting, but Shrewley Tunnel. . . ended up being. . . one and a little bit tunnels. 396 meters long. Originally the designer was William Felkin. Felkin? Felkin. I’m saying nothing. [Laughs] But he got thrown off the job as well because he built an aqueduct and it collapsed. So it was like… You’re not building our tunnel mate. Too right. We don’t want collapsing aquaducts. So they somebody else in to
build this one 396 meters long and it’s a bit weird, it’s a double one. It was meant
to be a single one for narrowboats, but when they found out the Grand Union was going all
the way to London, the committee got together and thought aye aye, this is going
to be a bit busy, wider boats, we better build it a bit wider. So they built it
wider, but not wide enough for a towpath. So they built a separate little tunnel
so the horses would go up this ramp at the side of the canal under a little
tunnel, up into a Shrewley Village, over the road and then back down the other side. So that was cheaper than building a separate tunnel all the way through
for the horses or for a towpath, but when the railways came few years later. . . they followed the same route, but they just built a bit cutting and then a few
hundred yards to the right-hand side of that when the motorways came a few years
after that, they built a good tin as well. So this is the only one that’s still a
tunnel and apparently. . . It’s very wet. So we’re gonna have to put the waterproof on. [Music playing] [Sound of water trickling]
[Music playing] [Music playing] That. . . on our port side. . . Port. or your right hand side. . . Aren’t you clever. is the Mid-Warwickshire Yacht Club. . . or is it? They’ve got a hut. . . and it looks like one of these nudist camp huts. I don’t know what you’re laughing for. It does, honestly there’s all these boats and then there’s like a hut, but all you
can see in the huts, in the windows, is like people’s heads from there up. That’s a clue. . . and the man walking outside with
nothing on, that was another clue. No he did not. It’s warm enough today for it, I tell ya. No it’s not. [Music playing] We’re on the Grand Union, we’re
moored just after Bridge 55. A couple of hundred meters away from the top. . . of the Hatton Flight of locks. . . which is going to take us down towards Warwick. Ohhh I like Warwick. Not today though, I need to go
and have pizza and a sit-down. Now I know why people, like when you
pass 50 and that, go oooooh my feet. [Laughing] That’s me today, oooh my feet, my poor feet. If you’ve enjoyed the vlog,
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like to join us that way too. Ooooh! Pizza time. Yeah. . . why not. We’ll see you next time, bye. See ya later, bye. [Music playing] Am i in shot? No. [Laughing] So we’re in [Laughing] [Laughing] Step back…
🎶Do Do Doo Do Doo Do Do Do Doo Do Doo Do Do🎶 Next stop. . . is… I’ve forgotten. Check your book. We’ll edit that out. He’s holding a tiller. . . it might look like he’s hand is
somewhere else but he’s holding the tiller. Echoooo! [Shaun blowing] [Laughs] blowy? Blowy. [Lots of wind noise]
And… [Lots of wind noise] [Lots of wind noise]
We can’t use that. [Lots of wind noise] [Laughing] Why do you keep laughing when I say that? Oooooh Yeah. Take three! [Laughing] Take four! [Laughing] Tell me when you finished. I’ve done. [Music playing to the end]

77 thoughts on “94. Blowy on the Grand Union Canal. Our Winter Narrowboat Adventure!

  1. Shaun, great job turning into the secret passage between the canals. I like the cuttings better than the tunnels…such beautiful greenery through them.

  2. Can you tell me the name of the card game you played with "Well Deck Diaries"? They can't remember. Needing more to do during this Social Distancing time! Blessings and Cheers from Oklahoma!

  3. Think Shaun was in a silly mood….we knew from the start there would be some entertaining outtakes. Thank you for the humour and fun to keep us relatively sane amongst the madness that in happening in this world.👍🏻

  4. Great vlog history, scenery , Dillon and lots of laughter. Wonderful drone footage of Shaun doing that tricky manoeuvre which he gets 5 🌟 for from me . Didn't hear him swearing despite turning the volume up 😂

  5. Love u 2. Through ups & downs. Have been watching since before Christmas. Finally decided to subscribe. Was put off by having to open a google account. If I don’t get hassled by google for junk. You have my continued support. Please just be happy selves, and enjoy life. 🥰

  6. Pleasure and Pain. As always such a pleasure to watch, but so painful as we can't get to our own boat at the moment. Shauns laugh and chuckles should be available on the NHS to keep our spirits up during this somber time. Well done boys it's keeping our pecker up!

  7. An entertaining and interesting video at a time when we need this kind of thing. Great drone footage, Colin and a really nice bit of boat handling, Shaun!!! Thanks, guys!!!

  8. I'm fairly new to your channel but loving it. Currently binge watching! Spent my childhood holidaying on Worcs & Birmingham canal and the Severn. Stay safe guys ❤️❤️xx

  9. “Bung him 500 quid” and “fur coat with no nickers” 😃😃 I am sure learning a lot here, especially with all the background information on the canals 😉👍 Some great manoeuvring there and great shots. Have a great weekend and enjoy the sun a bit 😉🥰

  10. Hope you are using sanitizer before and after locks….we all need you guys more now than ever. Keep safe and healthy. Love you.

  11. Oh, I like Shaun upon Narrowboat Silver Fox!!! Excellent Vlog Gents. So, happy you both are on YouTube!!! Thank you for making me laugh!!!

  12. How I wish I had a norrowboat now you are so lucky I would be gone out of this town NOW have fun guys go into the middle nowhere boys and stay safe

  13. You know you’re an American that watches a lot of narrowboat videos when you start to recognize places and other boats…
    Thanks for the videos! Stay safe and healthy, Foxes!
    (Give Dillon a pet from me too.)

  14. Sorry to go completely OT, but I need some advice on cameras. My wife is a piano teacher and is now trying to teach remotely on Skype, but she is finding it very difficult to both watch her pupil on the laptop, and be able to demonstrate things on her own piano. She really needs a second, plug-in, camera, but we have no idea what to get, or even look for. Could you recommend any cameras? We don't want to spend a lot, but on the other hand, it needs to be good quality – and easy to plug in and use on Skype (on a normal PC, as well as a laptop). Thanks in advance.

  15. Gosh… that 90 degree turn sequence… all the different cameras / angles! Stunning sequence of videography!

  16. 3 weeks before you arrived the first time? Hmmm…..I'll have some of what you're having! Haha! Please stay safe and healthy! Sending love from the US!

  17. I'm with Shaun, nothing like a good pastie . love your blogs. Makes me feel homesick . ( I now live in Cornwall Ontario Canada. ) originally from E.C IOW.

  18. What's that about? Turner's Green bridge didn't look very green. Maintenance? Those were sad old craft – does the canal operator ever remove them? Fun vid, thanks guys.

  19. When you're opening the locks, I wonder how many people a year slip and fall in the canal. With how many gates there are in the country I would hope not too many take a dip. Have you ever come close to taking an involuntary swim?

  20. Loved the puppy near the start saying c'mon c'mon hop on we're leaving! 🐶 And the turn, is that the bow thruster at work? ⏩ Would be interested in how that performs. Also liked seeing the prep for setting off. 👍😀⭐️

  21. Okay, if the connector used to be a lock between the Stratford and the Grand Union, which had the water level lowered, or which was raised, so the lock wasn't needed?
    And if someone already asked: sorry, but I didn't see it scrolling down the comments.
    Okay, and if the arched bridges. and the barrel-roofed cottages used the same forms, which came first? [Trust a builder's son to come up with that one!]

  22. Thanks guys. Oh I think we all needed our fix of escapism with a few giggles along the way.

    PS great maneuvering Shaun through the tight turn. Colin's drone footage gave a great birds eye view. 😁

  23. You guys have been leading Well Deck Diaries astray. They were good church people until you inveigled them into excessive tippling. At least they will now have some respite for a while from your influence! By the way, it was great to see young Shaun showing Colin how to undertake tricky manoeuvres with the boat.

  24. What with my client base deserting me due to t'virus, I'm not sure if I have enough dough for an iced finger………. ;))

  25. We watch a number of boat tubes and the 1 constant is how tiring doing the locks make you. Well, try doing them from from my position, in a recliner rocker. Watching all you canalers doing locks is hard word and tiring. Time for a cup of tea.

  26. Hi again, I made a comment a few months ago and have been catching up on your videos since our social isolation began here in Canada. This question I have may have been posed to you before and if so, my apologies for the duplicate: I see that there are many boats like yours using these canals, and by chance, have you met anyone who offers up theirs as an Airbnb experience? The scenery from your videos is just beautiful and with each one that I watch, doing something like this is now on my travel bucket list. If in your travels you do meet someone that does do the Airbnb (or similar type rental), please reach out. I can then provide you with my contact details to pass along. Thank you for taking us with you on your journey! R

  27. Thanks Guys, in these days of lock down I look forward to vlog Friday. You never mention the virus just the amazing history of the canal you are travelling on. It is a brilliant escape to watch you both, thank you xxxx

  28. Loved the video again guys. great manoeuvring with all the videa angles. Still catching up back diaries. something to watch in my self isolation.!

  29. Hi guys, I’ve only just recently started watching your vlogs and I love you. You are so funny, and I love it when Shaun starts laughing at silly things! This vlog was great and I always wonder where you are and where your going to end up.

  30. I'm considering purchasing a drone. Are you guys still satisfied with the performance of your DJI Mavic? Your drone shots really ad a lot of interest to your videos.

  31. hello Colin and Shaun,I do like your talking commentary and drone work, twas awesome, I was hoping to leave the shores of NZ soon but it would appear that corona-virus and Governments have added more waiting time of at least three months for me, so envious when I see your escapades on the cut. Blessings ..John from Nelson, New Zealand. (grate production guys)

  32. Love the shot of Dillon and the daffs … a masterful right-hand turn, masterful!!! … the drama of the cutting and the embankment – hi-jinks ensue … 2 sad abandoned boats, and tea and biscuits on the high seas! … Shaun cracking up all the way through the outtakes is brilliant! 🙂

  33. Sean, can you explain how they used the canal in the horse days? How did they pass each other going opposite directions when the tow path is on only one side? Were there rules about who passed ropes over who? How was it accomplished? Or did they limit traffic i.e. odd days north even days south?

  34. Full marks to Shaun for the masterful helmsmanship!! Another great journey with you guys. Very excited about next week. Grew up in Warwick and Leamington (actually it’s Royal Leamington Spa!!!!) and lived next to the canal just after the locks by the cape of good hope pub. In fact my sister still lives there. Also had a friend who lived in a house backing on to the Hatton flight and spent a lot of time messing around on those locks

  35. I really enjoy your videos. I like that you explain the history of the canals. How do you know so much about each one? Have you studied them for years? Much love from Alabama US.

  36. Speaking of blowy: 10:32 That arm of the sign pointing towards Stratford could either use a blue pill or a bit of a fluffing.
    Anyway, thanks for providing all of us with a giggle. I think, people can all do with one, right now.

  37. Colin your quite a history teacher are'nt you? you do your research fairs fair, get dillon to bite shaun when he laughs at you all the time!! see you next week, nice drone shots Colin, good steering shaun!! bye

  38. Love the videos. I came across them by misake and you were in Stratford Upon Avon, which I love, so watched the video. Since then have been hooked. In these uncertain and dangerous times its so relaxing to watch your happy informative videos set in such pretty places. Maybe its the pace of life you are living, but whatever it is don't stop doing what you do. You are aware of mental health, which is so good and you don't shy away from the problems it can cause. Your videos are calming and keep you sane, even if you are lucky enough not to suffer with your mental health. Keep it up your channel is first rate

  39. Feel bad for not watching or liking more but…. lovely to see you! When you get anywhere the Leeds/Liverpool, would love to see you on the boat for real! Even from 2 metres away if needed!

  40. Recently saw a documentary on canals in Britain featuring Timothy West and Prunella Scales. Both My partner and I agreed you two do a better job. Take care Guys 🙂

  41. Absolutely love your snippets of history especially story of the barrell shaped cottages. Keep them coming please with the great humour as well !

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