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Grand Union Canal candids

By Glostopcat  
A set of images all taken on my recent canalboat holiday on the Grand Union Canal in the Midlands. I embarked on this jaunt with four of my mates and we hired out two narrowboats, the Arm of the Union the larger boat which three of us, myself included travelled on, and the smaller vessel, the Wicked William which was a crew of two. The weather was mixed for this trip, it ranged from hard frosts at night, bright sunshine later in the week, heavy rain on the first day, strong winds and flurries of snow at times as well as thick fog and mist which made visibility difficult on our first full day. In fact i think we had every type of British weather imaginable when we navigated the waterways of Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire. Our voyage started at the marina in Market Harborough in Leicestershire and we travelled through Foxton Locks and pleasant countryside South to Braunston passing through numerous small villages and hamlets en route. This selection of images documents part of the voyage and shows us negotiating the locks at Braunston and Watford which is close to the motorway and Watford Gap services, as well as the main railway line to Leicester.
V1 - Glenn on Arm of the Union negotiating one of the locks at Braunston
V2 - Chris A, a native of Leicestershire opening a lock at Watford Locks close to Watford Gap services
V3 - Chris A closing a lock at Watford Locks
V4 - Gwyn & Chris M on the Wicked William
V5 - Chris M closing a lock at Braunston
V6 - Glenn taking the Arm of the Union through the lock at Welford, which leads to the Welford Arm of the Grand Union Canal which leads to Welford Marina where we moored up for Friday night
V7 - Chris M & Gwyn mooring Wicked William before attempting to negotiate the lock at Welford
V8 - The Arm of the Union approaching a bridge before the locks at Braunston
V9 - The Arm of the Union passing another narrowboat called Waterhog on the approach to Watford locks
V10 - Chris M opening the lock at Welford so that Gwyn can get the Wicked William through
V11 - Chris A opening a lock at Braunston
V12- Glenn closing the lock at Welford
V13 - Glenn opening the lock at Welford to let the Wicked William through
V14 - Chris M opening one of the locks at Watford Gap

Tags: Photo journalism General Transport Barges Narrowboats Grand union canal Portraits and people Canalboat Club

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LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 1:57PM
Great documentary series. Love the mistiness of 4, 6, 12 & 13. The rest include freezing action shots that show the hard work involved in canal travel beautifully. My those guys look cold!

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saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
15 Mar 2013 2:10PM
Hi Ed Welcome back,
What fantastic and Wonderful documentary images,All very beautiful,V4,V6 and V12 are my favorites,very well done,
Silverzone 10 2 England
15 Mar 2013 2:30PM
Looks like a good Jaunt. Sylvia
15 Mar 2013 2:42PM
Interesting set of images Ed,
15 Mar 2013 2:47PM
A good set of images here Ed, an excellent photo diary - looks like you did indeed have a mixed bag of British weather. Thank you for your very kind comments on my recent uploads when you caught up - very very much appreciated. So glad you had a good break! Lou
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
15 Mar 2013 3:02PM
A great set documenting life on canal boat and the exertions required to pass through the lock system: not much room to squeeze a boat through in V 10.
So, not exactly the quiet life after all.
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
15 Mar 2013 3:06PM
Great set of captures to look at sitting in the warm with a glass of wine Ed.

have a good weekend.


NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 3:23PM
A fascinating insight into life on our wonderful waterways Ed.

It certainly looks like hard work opening and closing the locks.

My favourite of all the images is number eight. It resembles the waterways equivalent to the M2.

Regards Nathan
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
15 Mar 2013 3:27PM
Welcome back, Ed Smile You all look bl*ody frozen, not a T-shirt in sight. Were you the only two boats on the canal? Carol
15 Mar 2013 3:29PM
An excellent documentary of a week on the canals, Ed!
Looks like hard work, at times, but, I'm sure a good time was had by all!
Have a good weekend - and, probably, a rest!!Wink

AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 3:29PM
Welcome back! Hope you had fun - it looks a lot of hard work!
TyChee 13 275 1 United States
15 Mar 2013 3:44PM
A lot going on at that place. Nice set of shots.
A Booth 15 11 4 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 3:55PM
You have obviously been pushing the boat out to capture this superior set of waterside activities.
graceland 13 2.5k 2 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 3:59PM
great set well done
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
15 Mar 2013 4:20PM
Sounds like you all had a cracking good time Ed. Looks like there was a lot of hard graft at the locks. Bet you all lost weight. A series of super images.
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
15 Mar 2013 4:55PM
I've never heard of anyone having a bad holiday on a barge... sounds wonderful. I like the atmospheric misty mystery ones, Ed. Welcome back.

EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
15 Mar 2013 5:27PM
A wonderful documentation of what seems to have been a great time had by all. Love the name of that narrow boat "Wicked William"!

gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
15 Mar 2013 6:20PM
A great set of images Ed, so that's where you got to as I missed you on site. - gary
9 10 10 England
15 Mar 2013 7:36PM
We have friends who enjoy this type of holiday - they actually moor their boat at the bottom of their garden. Always seems like a lot of hard work to me!
You have documented your trip with some excellent images Ed and I hope you all enjoyed youselves.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 9:19PM
Hope you had a fun trip. Lots of action in your series of shots, and a good indication of the weather you encountered.
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 9:36PM
I've always marvelled at boats going through locks - fascinating to see water levels rise and even out
and as you've shown us here a lot of hard work.
My absolute favourite is V4 with that lovely mist.
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 9:53PM
A good stack of images! Don't these boats get stuck in these locks??? Nice reportage.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
16 Mar 2013 12:53AM
Many thanks for all your comments and clicks and to Robin for the user award, it is greatly appreciated, Ed
Ray42 10 3 England
16 Mar 2013 7:33AM
A great set - enjoyed everyone
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
16 Mar 2013 11:44AM
Sounds a grand adventure, Ed, especially with the variety of weather! V4 is sooo my favourite shot here Smile

bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
16 Mar 2013 12:58PM
Really like the misty images ED - very atmospheric. My fave is V8 though that's a super composition and well detailed.
Wonderful series of shots Ed.
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2013 1:50PM
Brings back many happy memories of locks WinkWinkWinkWinkBlushBlushBlush
16 Mar 2013 2:55PM
Great set of captures
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
21 Mar 2013 11:12PM
it takes along time on the french internet to look at all those ... almost as long as the boat's journey, but Smile
it is worth it. my favourites are 4 and 6, I can feel the concentration in the fog!

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