Claverton to Bath

Tuesday September 9th 2014

3.95 miles, 0 locks, 2 tunnels

Woke to another glorious day this was the scene out the side hatch


Coiled the ropes at 10.30 and off for Bath.

More nice scenery in the avon valley, first up there was a need of water to replenish the tank.

Just after the swing bridge a water point was shown, we nearly missed it as it was just a concrete built cupboard, I reversed back and moored up but we were defeated you needed a special key to access the cupboard we didn’t have one!

So back aboard we head on knowing there should be another chance at Bathampton. After another tick over mile or so (moored boats) we arrive at Bathhampton and find the tap and get our tank back to full. A good flow on it not as slow as others I have read about.

Not sure why Janey has her Gillette on was lovely day.

Not sure why Janey has her Gillette on was lovely day.

Then onwards to Bath.


Janey on the tiller

Nudged my 1st boat going for the gap to a moored boat between it and an approaching boat, ahh not happy about that, should of waited!

That was not it though approaching Darlington Wharf with solid moored boats I encountered a widebeam around a blind corner he was well over his side me not so! I got across ok and avoided the widebeam well, but forgetting how a narrowboat spins on it’s centre rather than back following front I nudged another boat by putting the tiller right to bring the bow left after getting through, I needed to wait a touch longer!

Still it was very minor nobody noticed but me. Then on through Beckfords Tunnel, Sydney Gardens and Cleveland House Tunnel quite surreal after cycling through here many times.

Wonderful stuff cruising through Bath, then arriving along the pound to Bath top lock there were boats everywhere and a ABC boat was reversing out of the lock. When he got level the steersman advised “Do you know the bottom lock is closed ?” well actually I did but the CRT stoppage notice I had seen online said stoppage until 12 noon. So after a chat as they were heading for the water point I learned there could be a possible lift of the closure at 16.00hrs. Well I noted I could get out 48 footer around at the top lock which with some use of the pole in the bow by Janey and Karen we did. Others had to drop 2 locks wind in the side pound and back up. We found a mooring on rings just along from bridge 188 and decided to stay put and move on in the morning.

So that gave the opportunity to spend the afternoon grabbing retail therapy in town.

Rather surreal as we would do this maybe 4 or 5 times a year anyway but by car from home 35 minutes drive!  We had tea in The Slug & Lettuce top of Milsom Street a sort of Witherspoons really but all good no complaints. We noted on the way back to the boat the area for eating out looks to be the new environs around Bath Spa Station. We walked back up through the locks around 18.00hrs and noted the bottom lock still chained.

The mooring was fine and no disturbance through the night.


Bradford-on-Avon to Claverton

Monday September 8th 2014

5.98 miles, 1 lock.

Wasn’t the best nights sleep we had a bit of a list! Before retiring for the night I loosened the bow rope and pushed away from the bank a bit, didn’t seem to cure it but it appeared we were definitely floating. Morning came breakfast was done and an earlyish start to find a mooring nearer the supermarket. As luck would have it there was a free one we just fitted into complete with rings. So moored up and headed to the supermarket the girls were way ahead as I locked up and checked everything. I stopped to chat to a guy on a bike noting down licence numbers in his book, I asked if he was checking boats had a licence in part he was but main reason was to report over stayers on the moorings, he was not a CRT employee just a volunteer he said “I’m putting a something back into the waterways as I get so much pleasure out of it” only a young kid 20’s I’d say.

So I headed off to Sainsburys to catch up with Karen and Janey, Managed to grab most of what we required. Then trollied it back to the closest corner of the car park to the bridge and used the well warn path through the shrubs! down to the pavement and back to the boat. Not long after stowing our shopping we were on our way dropped down through      B-O-A lock collected my crew and we were on our way in the lovely sunshine.


Made a mess of the turn to cross Avoncliff Aqueduct its a sharp one! had to back up!

Lovely country and clear of moorers for a while! one of our favorite parts of the canal along through the Murhill Woods. Soon lunch was calling us so we were looking for a mooring, I didn’t realise how close we were to Dundas but we found a wild mooring on the end of the winding hole. Lunch consumed we were on our way 2 bends and Dundas Aqueduct appeared would of been better for lunch. This is such a nice spot here.

Back amongst the moored boats tickover! still lovely country though.

Then about 14.15hrs we arrived at Claverton and moored up.

If you watched Great Canal Journeys Prunella had her hair done on a wide beam in B-O-A well that particular boat was receiving a new lease of life in front of us having a refit from the towpath workshop. We were looking forward to a paddle down at the river on such a hot day a great place for swimming too I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

Then Karen made a lovely tea and we walked the towpath for a mile or two towards Bath in the evening.

Semington to Seend Cleeve and return to Bradford-on-Avon

Sunday September 7th 2014

9.32 miles, 10 locks well 5 twice.

The aim was The Barge Inn Seend Cleeve for Sunday lunch.

Then to get Jacko and Rachel back to B-on-A for early evening so they could get back home in time for work Monday.

we had an interesting nights sleep and actually slept well and the bed was comfy.

So I had a 10am departure in mind, 10.15 it was.

Then straight into the first lock of the day Semington bottom lock, all went well considering the 28 years since we last operated one.

Rachel had done some canal cruising in the not to distant past with her family.

Then on past Semington Dry Dock. Looks a decent place going on the set up on view.


Then onto Semmington top lock all running very well and no hold ups then to cross the A350 road on the relatively new aqueduct complete with central reservation and keep right arrows! oh I missed that whoops! no other boats so got away with it.



Over the A350.


Keep Right!

Soon the flight up to Seend was upon us we shared the 3 locks with a private boat who moored at Caen Hill Marina. The boat and owners name I forget, he had thought a weekend previous would be the last one out before the weather turned to autumn. But as this weekend was so hot and sunny they couldn’t resist another weekend out on the boat.

My Pearsons guide advised the winding hole was the west side of the pub but my lock companion said in fact it was above the lock east of the pub. So following his advice I made the turn there a number of point turn it was too! I had an audience which always makes it harder to do without embarrassment.

We turned then back into the same lock, (left the gates open so no one could turn it against us) and proceeded down.


Lock above Barge Inn


Mooring for Sunday lunch.

We were in good time and so decided to carry on down the next two locks after the pub and walk back so we made the most of our available time for our B-o-A return. We had a later booking 13.45 for a table and the service was slow! I had to ask for someone to come and take our order though staff passed the other side of the area we were in they ignored us, when questioned at the bar to take our order the member responsible said she was unaware we had arrived!. Failings on an upper level though as we reserved and checked in to be told where to go to our table, no procedure in place then to follow up a customers arrival with a personal table visit. Anyway the lamb was only available for 3 covers that turned out to be two, so two of us had beef instead and chicken I think it was, all good meals and hot enough just! Puddings were ordered and those were good too. By 3 ‘o’ clock we were back at the boat and on our way to complete the other 3 locks left to do.


Jacko very pleased after his Sunday Roast at the Barge Inn


Karen admiring the view up to the Barge Inn


Karens view


Janey and Rach looking happy.

We shared with a Sally Boats narrowboat the last two locks at Semington.


Got it right this time keep right!


Happy boaters in the sun.


Then back past our previous nights mooring and full steam to Bradford. The sun was out and it was hot and we really enjoyed the open countryside and floating along.




We made good time and moored up east of Widbrook Road bridge soon Jack and Rachel gathered their bags and we helped them back to Jacks car and waved them off. It was great to have their company for the weekend.

Karen was not happy with the mooring as the signs were missing, there was one saying no mooring but not between here and there! She asked a neighbouring home owner he advised we would be ok for one night but actually there was no mooring between the gate and the bridge, feeling uncomfortable we moved into the cutting the otherside of the bridge it was ok and we had an evening walk into Bradford to check out the moorings for a supermarket visit in the morning.

Heading off to Semmington

Though disappointed with Bl,Pr’s service we were still full of smiles to be heading out on a narrowboat holiday on a cracking hot sunny day.

I didn’t really take many photos to start off with. We were soon at the bridge by the marina to pick up our visitors for the weekend Jack and Rachel.

They stepped on at the bridge narrow but were suffering after waiting so long for us in the sun since 14.00hrs. It was now 16.00hrs. We pressed on well tick over so many moored boats, then when we got free of them I push on just shy of creating a wash on the bank.

Karen and then Jack took a hand on the tiller after Staverton Jack did well considering I imagined he was watching what I was doing, later I discovered while I was trying to hold the boat while on a swing bridge landing he didn’t know where neutral was on the throttle I was struggling to hold the boat he had her in tick over!

Then later Karen at the helm with Jack I’m in the hatches Ada-Jane with Rachel in the bow, Karen’s voice is rising ohhhh ohhh and Jack grabs the tiller I see reeds rubbing along the windows I lean over quick and hit reverse full throttle and we avoid ramming the bank just! Janey and Rach in the bow saw it coming and managed to duck.

I took to the tiller and we pushed on to Semmington, lovely country we were passing through. Soon we crossed the aqueduct over Semmington Brook. I noticed the lamp posts along the road at Semmington, so we started looking for a mooring. We passed the lovely Grey Hare moored up and the owners enjoying a glass of something table and chairs on the towpath.

I spotted a space and thought we ought to take it we were in sight of the road bridge. Got into the bank and out with the pins and all went well for our 1st mooring for the night.

Picking up the Boat

Saturday 6th September

We were heading off to Bradford-on-Avon and the newish Black Prince base there.

Our allotted pick up was not until 14.30, so with time on our hands we arrived early and headed out to the Bradford-on-Avon marina end of town and have a look along the canal around there. There was a wonderful old? narrowboat passing us with a lovely old Lister going thump thump thump thump!

Grey Hare

Grey Hare

We then headed on over to Frome Road Wharf ,to get going on our holiday.

Well not impressed to say the least with the customer experience there.

We arrived and parked up and headed to reception no-one inside outside it appeared all the staff were gathered around a picnic table and indeed we found out they were!

So we hovered inside for maybe 10 minutes not a titter I peered outside at them  not a word! So there was nothing for it but to ask “anyone manning reception for Black Prince?” A lady spoke Collette I got a feeling her name was the stand in manager “be with you in a minute” (coffee/fag break it was) Umm eventually we get attended to I sign the hire agreement and we are shown across to Ena our boat for the week.

We were left a while to load all our kit aboard, which was easy enough then the of the 3 boats moored together the inside one was ready to depart so off they went then the outside one and we were left awaiting our departure.

We waited far to long, the staff had regained their picnic table coffee/fag break position, it was obvious we were stood by the boat waiting for attention! I noted the water gauge was just above empty so again I headed over to reception to see if it was ok to fill it. Colette came over couldn’t understand why it had not been done. Well I knew because they were to lazy . She said she would get one of her staff over and shouted for a lad he was to busy chatting and drinking coffee to hear, I said “don’t worry I’ll do it it will be quicker “. That ongoing I asked to be shown around the boat which she did as much as she knew but couldn’t show us all things engine related that would have to be someone else. So after a lengthy chat! Off she went to find someone Aimee eventually arrives I may have even had to go over and prompt that I don’t quite remember. So we get shown the mechanics and engine running we are ready for the off but Aimee has to get me to sign over I’ve been shown through everything but she didn’t bring over her pad so off she goes to find that!
On her return she asks if we need her to come along for some tuition I say that I would . So as we are heading of the opposite way we are facing we need to wind (turn round). She suggests putting the bow against the bank and pivoting the stern around. I do ok at this considering I’ve not been at the helm of a narrowboat for about 28 years. Aimee says just on completion of the turn that I’m an old hand and if I’m ok she’ll get off! Well full of confidence I drift over to a moored hire boat and she steps off 1 1/2 hours after arriving a joke!

Waiting aloooooong time for the off! Last boat left to leave!

Waiting aloooooong time for the off! Last boat left to leave!

The Header Picture

Thats the family excluding me.

On the left is Karen my beloved wife and next far right is son Jack  and  then the other side of the lock gate also operating the paddle gear is Rachel Jack’s girlfriend of many years. Then last but not least my little girl Ada-Jane and she has a blog also and now is junior designer at so there you have it.

Me well I’m here   and

Before I go on and post about the canal holiday.

I’ve been toying around with this blog and had various titles but now settled on this one.

“Ersanmyne” is a name steeped in family history.

It’s the name of Karens grandparents bungalow in the highest village on the Mendip hills Priddy also steeped in history.

So Grampy Payne who had the bungalow built in the 30s maybe 40s not sure, called it that and we love the name “Hers and Mine” is the translation in case you didn’t guess.

So if we ever have a narrowboat of our own that what she’s going to be named!

Kennet and Avon Canal Holiday (50th Birthday)

Since early 2014 I had harboured a passion for a narrowboat holiday.

I posted on Canalworld Forum a request for info. regarding best value deals.

A member posted a link to and that was a great result, after many months of keeping an eye the days came to try and get a deal (the longer you dare leave it the better deal you will get). I had a false start of a nigh on £1000.00 deal for a week 5 berth then a on Sunday a 4 berth Black Prince Deal came up bingo £749.00 deal ws secured and about a month before we set off.


Canon MG3250 Printer

Easily print, copy and scan with the Canon PIXMA MG3250 Wi-Fi All-In-One, for use anywhere within the home. With compact FastFront design and Auto Duplex, it also supports smartphone printing and Apple AirPrint.

Well a bit of advice folks bought this printer as it’s a good price and had Apple air so we could print from Karen’s ipad also. First the Argos page does not say it’s wifi well it is. So reason for the post if you are buying this and just have an ipad or ipod or iphone your gonna need a pc. Believe me I tried to connect it to no avail, then I thought blow it I’ll just connect it to my laptop via Wifi and see where that goes. You put in the CD and load the drivers careful as it defaults to add loads of ? unwanted software. Then the surprise as the instructions are very slim and offer little to guide you to the Wifi set up, after running the install you have to connect to the printer via a USB lead to a PC so that you can set up the wifi via your router there is no way around this. Then you are instructed to remove said lead and hey presto your printer is Wifi linked. I googled it and there is various sites and suggestions saying press this button and a _ sybmol shows then press this and that all appear next to useless. The above works and I’m able now to print via laptop, ipad, pc and it seems a great printer for the money I paid £39.99.