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Kirkdysart
Kirkdysart

Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:42am

Post Subject: Location query

Hi all. New to this forum and wondered if anyone can help. Where would be the nearest canal network to Penrith ? Is there anywhere there to look at second hand barges. Is there a continuous route down to London/Bristol from the canal network nearest to Penrith. Any advice appreciated!

Tony-B
Tony-B

Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 1:13pm

Post Subject: Location query

The closest canal is probably the Lancaster Canal that has been cut off by the M5 near Carnforth. In theory a narrow boat can get from there to both London and Bristol but a wide beam can not unless it is seaworthy. To get from the Lancaster to the main network will require a booking on the Ribble link that involves a tidal passage down the Ribble and up the Douglas. This passage should not be contemplated unless you are 100 sure that your engine is of adequate power and in good working order, narrow boats regularly overheat on that passage so its not something to try in a boat that is new to you. If you would prefer to be on the main system then the Leeds & Liverpool canal somewhere around Skipton will probably be the nearest or with another tidal passage the Ripon Canal at Ripon. All locations in the north are isolated from the southern system unless you stick to a narrow boat or go to sea/on a lorry. I can't answer the question about where to look at second-hand boats but all the major brokers advertise in the magazines and on-line. You will probably have to travel some distance to view potential purchases. I hope the mention of London and Bristol does not indicate thoughts of living aboard in those locations. If it does please research the Canal and River Trust demands for such use and note you have picked probably the two most difficult places to do it. Come back if you need more information.

Kirkdysart
Kirkdysart

Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:53pm

Post Subject: Location query

Thank you very much indeed for your reply! It has given me both food for thought and a direction for more research. !

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