I meet with charity team 'Unlock Runcorn', poised to start work on a huge £25m canal restoration which will see a new boat lift, a two-staircase lock, marina, and innovative incline boat lift to reconnect the Bridgewater Canal in Runcorn to the Manchester Ship Canal. I uncover the history of the original locks, and check out the scale of the works that are set to begin soon near the famous Silver Jubilee Bridge and Mersey Gateway.
Today we'll take you through Manchester's underworld by narrowboat as we tackle the Rochdale Nine, the infamous last nine locks from the junction of the Ashton Canal and Rochdale Canal, down through the city centre of Manchester to Castlefield Basin. We'll pass Manchester's gay village surrounding Canal Street, the peaceful Sackville Gardens where Colin tells the heartbreaking story of Alan Turing before joining the Bridgewater Canal at Castlefield Junction and head out towa
Our final day on the lower Peak Forest Canal and we have a man overboard! But can you guess who fell in the canal? We travel from Marple Aqueduct through Romiley, Woodley, and Hyde to Dukinfield Junction, home of Portland Basin and the junction of the Peak Forest Canal with the Ashton Canal and Huddersfield Narrow Canal.
We bid a tearful farewell to the upper Peak Forest Canal and move just over a mile towards a new narrowboat adventure. There's a problem though. With the Macclesfield, Rochdale, Shropshire Union, Trent & Mersey, and Leeds & Liverpool Canals all closed, where's left to head for? Colin also visits the independent Regency Cinema in Marple and finds out how it's managed to survive for over 90-years. Then it's back to narrowboat Silver Fox and a new adventure begins!
What are the ten secrets for living off-grid on a narrowboat? With almost seventeen years experience of canals and narrowboats we'll reveal the most useful tips and advice to survive living off-grid on a narrowboat. Do you need a mooring? What are the rules for continuous cruising? How much does it all cost? Is it called a barge, a long boat, or a narrow boat?