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RNVR Yacht Club WARWICKSHIRE RING Canal Trip - 9-16 September 2017
This trip is an ideal opportunity on which to take the ladies who are not keen on the lumpy bits on the water.
The Warwickshire Ring forms a circular route covering over 106 miles and has between 97 and 115 locks. It includes sections of the Oxford Canal, Coventry Canal, Grand Union Canal and the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal, The route takes you through a diverse array of scenery from the industrial and business sections of Birmingham to the quiet rural countryside of the North Oxford Canal. The locks on the Grand Union are all double locks which take two canal barges side by side. The locks on the other sections of canals only take a single barge at each operation.
To avoid all the club boats going round like a flotilla and to offer flexibility of where to spend time, we are only planning to hold two fixed evening events for all who come, plus lunch on day 1 and also the possibility of a rotating dinner.
The plan is to meet up at 12.00 for lunch on the first Saturday at The Folly Inn at Napton. - then go to Calcutt to pick up the boats from around 13.30. The first fixed evening event will be on the Tuesday at the Cuttle Bridge Inn at Minworth - just after clearing Birmingham. The other fixed evening meal is on the final Friday at the Boathouse at Braunston. These are both places where there will be sufficient canal side berths for all our fleet reasonably close by.
Saturday 9th September:- We meet for lunch from 12.00 onwards at The Folly Inn at Napton on the Hill. The Folly is about quarter of a mile due West of the villiage along Folly Lane and just over the bridge on the bank of the Oxford Canal. The post Code is CV47 8NZ. They have an excellent menu and a fine variety of ales. We will have tables reserved, but please order and pay for your own food and drinks at the bar.
It is less than 10 minutes drive from The Folly to Calcutt, on the Grand Union Canal where most will pick up their narrow boats. If we can leave between 13.20 and 14.00 it will stagger the initial collection and avoid congestion at the wharf. The post code for Calcutt Boats on Tomlow Road is CV47 8HX. To go through the briefs for all crews will take up to a couple of hours, following which, for those in need of a refresher the staff will guide you through the routine at the first lock.
Saturday evening should see most boats arrive in the vicinity of Long Itchington. There are pubs nearby, but having had a pub lunch, it may be an ideal opportunity to dine on board.
The main challenge of the week is the Hatton Flight of 21 locks spread over just two miles. Known as “The Stairwaty to Heaven”, they have a rise of 146 feet. Some may prefer to spend time enjoying the sights in Warwick on Sunday and berth overnight in the Saltisford Arm just below the bottom lock. Then an early start up the Hatton Flight. preferably pairing up with another barge, so that you then have two crews together to work the locks allowing a couple walking ahead to prepare the next.
The other option is to spend less time in Warwick and Leamington Spa and tackle the Hatton Flight late Sunday afternoon. There is always the Hatton Arms a couple of locks down from the top if you only make it half way up.
Stops for Monday could be The Black Boy at Kingswood Junction or the Boat Inn at Catherine-de-Barnes - or anywhere in between if using your on board catering. All depends on when you arrived at the top of the Hatton Flight.
On Tuesday, the easiest route is to turn right at Bordesley Junction and then right again at Salford Junction on to the Birmingham and Fazely Canal. This route is shorter and much easier than going through to the centre of Birmingham, It is all a bit drab while passing through these industrial outskirts with much rubbish and graffiti around some bridges, so it is a breath of fresh air when you break out in to the green again at Minworth. The Cuttle Bridge Inn is then just past the second bridge and on the right.
Cuttle Bridge Inn
Tuesday 12th September:- The Cuttle Bridge Inn is a canal side hotel, pub and restaurant; post code B76 9DP. For an all inclusive cost of £28 pp, we will be having a Pimms reception from 18.45 followed at 19.30 with a three course meal. This will include half a bottle of wine per person and coffee and mints afterwards, before retiring to our barges for swinging of the lamp. Rig; smart casual. Please see the menu selection below:-
a: Pate served with Toasted Bread
b: Soup with warm Bread Rolls
c: Crayfish Cocktail
a: Chicken Supreme, Dauphinoise Potatoes, Medley of Vegetables and a White Wine Sauce
b: Homemade Pie of the Day served with Chips and Medley of Vegetables
c: Salmon, Dauphinoise Potatoes, Medley of Vegetables and a White Wine Sauce
a: Cheesecake served with Whipped Cream
b: Rocky Road Brownie served with Whipped Cream
c: Homemade Crumble served with Custard
The Cuttle Bridge Inn also offers an excellent and varied breakfast for £6.75 per person which will make a welcome change from preparing breakfast on board.
The Wednesday and Thursday presents several good locations to overnight with The Samuel Barlow at Alvecot; Polesworth; Atherstone and the Greyhound Inn at Hawkesbury Junction to choose from. We are also considering the option of holding a rotating dinner at a quiet bankside location on either the Wednesday or Thursday, but that tbc when all participants and their outline plans are known.
Friday 15th September:- At Braunston Junction we rejoin the Grand Union Canal where it is best to turn right towards Napton and moor up on the starboard bank close to the junction, which will leave you pointing the correct way for an early start the following day. From the starboard bank it is a five to ten minute walk back over the Oxford Canal bridge to the Boathouse where we will be having dinner.
For the final dinner on the Friday evening we are dining at the Boathouse at Braunston Junction (post code NN11 7HB). Any initial drinks may be purchased from the bar and at 19.00 we will adjourn to enjoy an interesting three course meal including half a bottle of wine, all for £25. The wines will be a Caneletto Pinot Grigio and a Hardys 202 Shiraz.
Rig; Smart Casual. Please choose your menu selection from below:-
a: Prawn Cocktail; served with brown bread and butter
b: Smoked Applewood, Somerset Brie & Gooseberry Chutney Tart
c: Golden Breaded Mushrooms with a BBQ mayonnaise dip. V.
a: Mexican Chilli Chicken Melt: tender chicken strips in a spicy beef chilli sauce, topped with melted cheese. Served with rice, tortilla chips and sour cream.
b: Beer Battered Fish and Chips. Served with mushy peas and tartare sauce.
c: Rack of Ribs. Two half racks of sticky BBQ baby back pork ribs served with chips, onion rings, corn on the cob and coleslaw.
d. Roasted Vegetable Jalfrezi. Mix of roast potatoes, red onion and red & green peppers in a jalfrezi sauce, served with rice, naen bread, a popperdum and mango chutney. V.
a: Passionfruit and Prosecco Meringue Pie. Served with vanilla ice cream.
b: Praline Chocolate Tart. Served with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce.
c: Banana and Butterscotch Sundae. Topped with squirty cream, caramel crunch pieces and a sugar curl.
It will be a crack-o-sparrow start on the Saturday from Braunston to return to Calcutt for 09.00 .
Calcutt Boats - Wild Burdock
Bookings should be made using the register button as soon as possible and by 30th August.
Any members wishing to participate who are either looking for crew or wishing to be part of a team please contact David Whitby. firstname.lastname@example.org
Shore parties are most welcome to join us for either of the evening events.
After completing the on line booking form, bookings should be confirmed using the format below which should include your menu choices for both dinners, and be returned with a cheque payable to RNVR Yacht Club, to the Treasurer David Whitby in time to arrive no later than Friday 1st September.
Alternatively this can be done by email and electronic transffer for payment (see below).
Please return to David Whitby, 50 Fernlea Road, Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1HD as soon as possible and to arrive no later than Friday 1st September.
Application for the RNVR YC dinners on Tueday 12th and Friday 15 September 2017
Member s Known Name: ..............................................
Guests Known Names and Surnames: .....................................................................................
Tue 12 Sep - Menu Choices (incl names e.g DW b-a-b): ........................................................................
Wed 15 Sep - Menu Choices (incl names e.g DW c-b-a): ......................................................................
Special Dietary needs (if any): ..................................................................................................
I enclose a cheque payable to RNVR Yacht Club for £28.00 per person for dinner on 12 Sep plus £25.00 per person for dinner on 15 Sep,
A total of: £....................
Alternatively your menu choices can be emailed to David Whitby and payment made by electronic transfer to the RNVR Yacht Club - Account Number:- 18278560 - Sort Code:- 30-10-75
For Ref give:- WKR followed by your 4 digit membership No (from your mem card) and your surname. eg: WKR 7570 SMITH
Booking Boats: The following extract is from the ebulletin of 7th March which gave advance notice to secure bookings for canal narrow boats:-
“Calcutt have about 6 boats available, mostly ideally suited for 4 on board. We have a very good discount offering a price for each boat of between £641 and £829, plus fuel and damage waiver.
Boats are being booked by other parties even now, so please make your bookings immediately to secure your boat.
If Calcutt become fully booked, other boats are available from Black Prince at nearby Napton but they are somewhat more expensive. Other possibilities include Kate Boats at Stockton, and also operators at Braunston or Kate Boats at Warwick which could both dove tail in with a different start day.
The Calcutt website is: www.calcuttboats.com. To book please contact Rosemary or Amy on 01926 812075 and quote RNVRYC for your discount.”
note: since this ebulletin most Calcutt boats have since been chartered by members but berths are also available on one of them.
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