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  1. Exactly. The Four Counties is fabulous and I've never encountered problems either.
  2. Yes, I should have qualified that it does depend on how busy the mooring site is, or is likely to get. If in any doubt I would moor up close.
  3. My rule is that if I can leave a full length boat space I will, otherwise it's up close to the next.
  4. I'm think there must have been some confusion in your conversation with CRT as the official notice issued a few weeks ago by CRT was clearly what you describe as the actual situation. https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notice/10909/wigan-flight-and-lock-1-on-the-leigh-branch
  5. That's how I do it too
  6. Go on then, tell us why you hope it's not a single-hander
  7. I've tried that on the Wigan 21 before and it's more hassle than it's worth as sometimes both gates didn't open fully enough. When single-handed and accompanying another boat in a double lock I do pretty much the same as the other boat's crew member, working one side myself and using the ladders as I would if on my own. I would never expect to just stay on the boat and let someone else do all the work.
  8. Dover lock is fine but it just adds a couple of locks and a bit more time to an already long day if going up the 21.
  9. So, I set off at 08.30 this morning to descend the Marple flight single-handed expecting a steady and solitary descent. I was very surprised to be greeted at that time of the morning by three cheerful v-lockies who asked if I would like their help, to which I was happy to accept (when single-handing I neither expect nor rely on any help). I was accompanied all the way down the flight of 16 by a friendly retired policeman called Jack, who is in his 70s, and we enjoyed a good natter all the way down. As much as I enjoy doing locks alone it was a pleasure to spend a few hours in his company. I take my hat off to people like Jack and his friends who do it just for the fun of it and I think make a great contribution to the waterways, expecting nothing in return. I've not met a v-locky yet who has been a problem, but then I'm always friendly and welcoming towards them which gets us off to the right start. Dangerous or inappropriate operation from them is, of course, unacceptable but I've yet to witness it.
  10. This is what I would do, but wouldn't be bothered if or who I shared with.
  11. Thanks Midnight, yes I saw it.
  12. Yes, the L&L is one of my favourite canals; particularly the Skipton to Foulridge section. However, it's grim here up north, the natives are grizzly and the canals are tough so best all stay down in the comfortable south!
  13. Thanks for the offer but we've not made a final decision on the route yet. We may well just do the Rochdale from Manchester and over the L&L westwards back to the Lancaster.
  14. I can't see it but at one time boats did moor down that arm. I guess it's just silted up over time.
  15. Yes, but not on the arm in question. The bridge adjacent to the A56 is over the arm where the boat was stuck.