60. The Wigan Flight Crew. Narrowboat Silver Fox Tackles 23 Canal Locks

60. The Wigan Flight Crew. Narrowboat Silver Fox Tackles 23 Canal Locks

Well this is an unusual intro, No Shaun.
What am I gonna do without him. Shaun’s on the boat and we’re already in the first
lock at the bottom of the Wigan flight. You know good plans and everything, well
we were supposed to set off at 8 o’clock meet up with the other narrow boat that
we going up the flight with but then it started raining and raining and raining,
so we were like holding off and holding off for another 5 minutes give it 5
minutes and eventually it was, as you can see by the raincoat we’re gonna have to
make a move. So here we are, Shaun’s in the boat, we’ve got a CRT volunteer helping
us out. You’ll see more of him shortly. I better get some work done [Music playing] [Shaun shouting and laughing]
WIND IT FASTER! [laughing] [Music playing] So we’re at lock 77 of… Well we started
85… Well we started at 87. Confused? No don’t, be the bottom of the flight is
lock 85 and this is 77 so we’ve done nine locks so far and it’s done nothing
but rain it’s like that drizzly stuff that really wets you through and then
every now and then the Sun comes out you think oh it’s alright and then it rains
again, Arrrgghh! So lock 77 is a bit different. You can see this thing behind me this like
roller thing, where the bridges are a bit too close to the lock gates there’s a
chain connected to this roller and you basically wind in, you’ve heard the term
wind your neck in. I say that to Shaun all time, but this is like wind the lock
gate in and what you do is, there’s a chain to the lock gate, you wind it in.
Easy as that. [Music playing] Just over halfway. I’m actually feeling
alright, I haven’t had to swap, we’ve got CRT he volunteer helping us and the chap
from one of the other boats is helping us, so we’ve got three pairs of hands and
it’s a breeze, we’re halfway up the flight now and it has been raining quite
a bit, but it reminds me a bit of the marathon, do you know what I mean. Where you know you’ve got like the long distance to go so you just kind of knuckle down
take it steady and just get on with it and time seems to be flying.
Some great views as well. [Music playing] Lock 75. It has stopped raining.
T-shirt is on and the waterproofs are off. Might see two boats in that lock behind me
they’ve come down from the top and we meeting halfway, but Narrowboat Silver Fox
and our other boat are in the lock in 75. So we’re gonna have to cross over in
this pound, it’s going to be interesting. It’s a little pound isn’t it? [Musing playing] Lock 73. You can see another two boats
behind us in Lock 72. They’re waiting to come out, as soon as we’ve come up this
lock we’re going to do the same as we did just before and cross over in single
file and carry on upwards. Sun’s coming out as well it’s a great day. [Music playing] Lock 70. Sun’s out. Look at the view of
Wigan behind as it’s great. We’re about three-quarters way through now. Actually
feeling alright I’ve got a glass of coke. Shaun’s still on the boat and we’ve got
two CRT volunteers helping now. I reckon we’ll be out of here in the next hour [Music playing] You might just be able to see where it
says 70, on the right-hand side of it, it says in Roman numerals lock number 6, V1
and it’s bit weird because when you count the CRT numbers for locks, we
start at 85 and we work our way up. We’re now at lock 70, but originally when it
was going to be the Lancaster canal coming in at the top the locks were numbered
from top to bottom, even though now you start at the bottom 85 and you kinda
come up and we’re at 70 now. So it was numbered from top to bottom before. [Music playing] Lock 66. This one and one more to go
and we’re done. I’ve actually really enjoyed it to be honest. Kirkless Inn behind us if you fancy a
drink, you can more up at the top of the lock just after you’ve used the services maybe
and nip down and have a drink. I think we might do [Music playing] Right, we’re here. What time is it?
It is, let me just get my trusty timepiece. It is 11:55…. So we set off at
half past eight. half 9, half 10, half 11. So, 3 hours 25 minutes, is that good?
That’s good. Is it? It’s about average to be fair but yeah, it’s on the good side. Noooo we don’t want average [laughs]. On the good side of average. The is Andy, one of the CRT volunteers.
We’ve passed how many? about six five or six. The was 4 going down. Yeah, and then
five of you all together today? Yeah there’s five was all together.
Tell you what without these guys it just would be I don’t mean twice as hard but it
would be because it’s you know what you doing. Yeah you get a routine and even you
even if we weren’t you still get a routine and going up, but just here
to give you a lift, so it’s a day out for us as much as it is for you.
It really, and three hours 25 I’m quite pleased with that. We hear too many people bashing the CRT but without Andy and other volunteers for the CRT, jobs like
the Wigan Flight wouldn’t be as good, wouldn’t be as fun, it’d be harder work.
So we’re really grateful, me and Shaun and the guys on Sagittarius as well.
We saw how many four boats going down? Four down, yeah. How many come up you know? There was you two but apparently
there’s another two behind you as well. There’s another two behind us?
Yeah, they crept up on us those. So what made you become CRT volunteer?
Just so I can get out in the open air. I mean, like messing about with canals
and I like boats and everything, so it’s just a way of getting out on a weekend
instead of sitting there watching TV. Everybody should get out on a weekend
it would be ace wouldn’t it? and how long you been doing the Wigan fight? I’ve been on here for,
this is the start my second year now. So two years? Yeah. It was close for most of
last year so we didn’t really do much. It was wasn’t it, yeah.
So what if people were coming up on their own, if there’s no CRT help, what I like
your kind of top three tips to get up the Wigan fight, or down.
Yeah, either way doesn’t really make any difference, it’s easier going down than
it is coming up. Yeah. Just don’t be frightened of it, like most big fights especially the Wigan, it’s got a bad rap, you can get a bad rap
it gets some bad press, but don’t be frightened of it take your time, if you can
go down with somebody else and it saves water as well which is you know a big
help for us and and yeah just enjoy it. There’s plenty to see, there’s loads
of scenery out there, it’s a lovely day sun shining like today. It was a bit of a
different kettle of fish earlier. It wasn’t early was it? Not when it was raining like it was this morning but yeah, the sun’s out, it’s out, you know it’s a good day. It is.
Just enjoy it. It is nicer than I expected and I think as you get further up the flight it does get nicer. From about half way up, from the Rose bridge it tends to get a lot more scenic a lot more rural. I mean it was
chucking down when we set off. Oh yeah, just a bit. We’re supposed to meet these
guys on Sagittarius at eight o’clock and he got to about quarter past, 20 past and
it’s still raining and I’m like oh another five minutes just see what
happens. So he did the first what, seven eight
nine locks in the rain. Yeah. And then it kind of dried up. Yeah, when the sun came
out it got a bit warm, I’ve still got my kagool on now but that’s wrapped round my waist. Compare tans. About the same actually. Right, cheers Andy. Thank you, thank you very much.
It was a pleasure. [Music playing] [Camp bicycle bell ringing] [Music playing] Here Shaun….. Catch! Oooooooh CAKE! [Laughing] [Music playing] We did it.
YAYYY! It was easy for you. Oh simple. [Laughing] Stood at the back of the boat for 4 hours. Some people make out the Wigan flight
to be some sort of big scary monster, and I guess it is if you’re on your own
with no help. There were two of us on Silver Fox two on Sagittarius the boat
that came up with us and we had a CRT volunteer, Andy, who helped us all
the way up. Yes. And we did it in three hours 20 minutes… It has been done
quicker. It has been a lot quicker, we were bothered about speed. No we weren’t.
I was kind of surprised how quick we did get up there.
Apologies for the lack of footage down near the bottom it did really rain
for the first sort of hour and then it cleared up kinda from like a third of
the way up up to the top. I didn’t get wet. No… under the covers you were alright [laughs]. I have trench foot trench foot… it’s gonna take days for my trainers to dry out.
So we’ve got to the top of the Wigan flight there’s some services at the top if you
need it all the services, so there’s water and elsan and pump-out and rubbish.
I think there’s showers there as well isn’t there? Yes there is. Yep and toilet all at
the top of the services and if you’re going up in two’s, there’s usually just the two of you there because the kind of because you both set off at 8:30 9:30 up and down
you don’t really meet anybody at the top yeah there’s enough room for two boats.
Hmm so we got there, you go past Haigh Hall which has some nice views coming in
towards Red Rock. Sounds like some place in Texas doesn’t it. Yeah it does. Red Rock… Flintstones [laughs] and then into Adlington and past the White Bear Marina where we saw
quite a lot of people were kind of shouting Oh hello we watch your vlogs. Yeah. So
hello to you if you waved at us. We saw Narrowboat Pica Pica… Pica Pica. And we got cake thrown at us… from Pica Pica So thanks for that… and now we’re just on
the outskirts of Chorley. Thats bridge 73 and loads of people said when you get
to bridge 73 moor up, because Frederick’s Ice cream which is about I don’t know what
like one minute walk. It’s just minute walk just up the hill. Just up the hill from
the bridge. Best ice cream in Lancashire, if not further afield. Yeah. So we had to
go and check it out. Be prepared to queue, it’s very popular.
We went up about an hour ago and they were queuing out of the door onto the
street. Yeah. So we waited a bit and went back up. Yes. And it was alright.
So yeah Frederick’s Ice-cream, got to call there. I don’t know about you I’m starting to
feel a bit shattered. Yeah so am I. Even Dillon’s not running now he just walking about moochin eating grass… Plodding! So we’re gonna go and get our tea and have
a shower and chill for the evening. I think we’ll sleep tonight. I think we
will. Next time you see us… heading further east. Onward [laughs]
Till then, hope you’ve liked this vlog, if you have please give it a thumbs up if you haven’t please
give it a thumbs up and comment or give any feedback or questions just in the
comments down below. Subscribe if you’re not already. Hit the bell and YouTube
will let you know every time we release a brand new vlog. Yeah, and I’m off for a
nap. We’ll see you next time, take care. Tarrar! You gonna say summat then wasn’t ya? Yeah.
We did it We did…… Hang on…. summat in my eye. We did it and again, Iooking behind me. It was him he was sat that stood at the sat the, having a [beeeep] [Laughs] It’s like 21…21 flocks. If you count from top of the Wigan flight down this is the 12th lock, but if you count from
the bottom coming up it’s the 10th lock or the 11th… ten or eleven
wherever, if that makes sense. We started at 85. So 85… 6… 7… 8… 9… No.
So 85… 4… 3…2… 1. 80… 79 78… 77… 76. so this is the tenth lock of
the flight. So this is the 12th one coming down as opposed to coming up.
Doesn’t add up does it, cos we’ve done more than 8 lock, we’re on about I don’t
know 14… 13… 14 something like that. Even though you know
you start at the bottom at 85 and you just kind of come up we’re at 70
now and …. [Laughs] He’s too shy…. he’s too shy [laughs] We just gotta wait Shaun to stop talking


  1. Great video you two. Always look forward to Fridays ๐Ÿ˜€. How on earth do you choose what music to use? There have been some brilliant songs/instrumentals. Maybe you could mention what they are at the end of your vids. ๐ŸŽถ

  2. Cracking vid again chaps, good music too! Keep up the good work , bet you canโ€™t wait for your fish and chips when you finally get to Skipton ๐Ÿค“

  3. Shaunโ€™s turn for the locks in the next flight, because then heโ€™ll deserve more cake. ๐Ÿ˜ Nice interview with Alan, and three cheers for all the CRT volunteers.

  4. Congratulations on concurring the Wigan flights Guys. And such a good time to. Yes Everyone should go to Frederick's If You can get In that Is. It was a Queue down the road when We Went. And that was back In the 90's. Go get those Showers and Drinks You deserve them. Keep the Vlogs coming.

  5. Great to see my old stamping ground. I grew up as a kid in Chorley & in those long gone days we used to go to Annie Massa's shop or her van for ice cream. And there was only one flavour, vanilla of course. Annie was real cigarette smoking character. And as I watched this video the rain was pouring down outside and we are happy because we desperately need the water here in northern Thailand. There is only one problem though, I now have another week to wait for your next vlog.

  6. Well that was interesting would have been more interesting to see a little more of what was going on but as busy as you were I can understand why you vidoed you could…

    Were you feeling like a one-armed paper-hanger Colin?

  7. Loved it as always! What a grand time you two had in spite of the wether at the start! It was interesting to see all the different things one can experience on the Wiggen Flight. Even Dylan seemed to be enjoying himself. How is the solar working on the boat? I suppose the rain hinders the production of power. How's Silver Fox getting on, any issues? Updates!?! Mark from Colorado.. we have a place called Red Rocks Amphitheater..in Colorado

  8. Your vids are so faultless and effortless and as such they come across so easy watchable, your a great couple and have the video content well nailed on. You take care and keep them coming,,,,,especially the outtakes lol

  9. Great to see the inter action with the very helpful and friendly CRT volunteers..
    Great video.Good to see you looking so well guys.
    I look forward to Fridays and your vlogs.

  10. Yaay Colin and Shaun , awesome getting up the Wigan Flight and nice to have helpers , enjoying your adventure lol x

  11. Another awesome vlog guys!! Made my Friday night. So glad you are both looking well. Hugs to you all โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ’•

  12. i am really looking forward to seeing your take on the rest of the Leeds and Liverpool hope to do the wigan flight one day when we get back on the water ,always love your videos guys thank you

  13. Loved the vlog, but you need to do more. I waited all week to see what you had been doing and it was over so quickly…. Seriously good views and filming. Happy narrowboating!๐Ÿ˜Š

  14. Another brilliant vlog! The scenery is just so lovely. I always knew Lancashire was gorgeous (I was born there) but the views from the canals are just stunning. You two are fantastic. You are both so natural and funny and entertaining. Thank you for making our Fridays more fun! X

  15. Infectious enthusiasm the pair of ya, great work by the CRT volunteers, Lancashire great place great scenery, know it well was born in a little village outside Manchester called Salford, they should never have split the county, great vlog

  16. Hey guys really enjoyed your vlog we just cant wait to get our boat and start our adventures as every month goes by it gets closer looking forward to your next chapter
    Lorraine +phil

  17. Great Vlog as always. It's hard to believe the whole flight of the Wigan locks goes through a heavily built up area, but like many urban canals it looks to be a very pleasant corridor of nature.

  18. It's chucking it down.
    Well done.
    Ah there is Shaun.
    Looks super cool.
    Ah go on have lil drink/ rest.
    Deserved enjoy.
    Good job lads.

  19. That's pretty quick, It took us 4hrs 15min going up a with two boats and 3.00hrs going back down.
    Cracking job, the CRT guys on the flight were absolutely amazing with us.

  20. Hi guys great vlog. Why you skipped though Haigh hall and showed no footage ๐Ÿค” was looking forward to you showing going through there lots of interesting history in connection, great vlog all the same ๐Ÿ‘

  21. Really enjoyable though it mustโ€™ve been Handy having Andy ๐Ÿฅด. Our boats 62 foot and weโ€™d love to travel East there seemed to be plenty of room lengthwise for Silver Fox what would you say is total lock length? ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป NB Thomas Henry. ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„

  22. I go lure fishing here, this staircase of locks makes an excellent location to fish as long as the water level doesn't drop too much

  23. Great as usual. One thing that might be cool is an occasional vlog of a side excursion. Like to the ice cream shop and town, or to the occasional canal side pub. Not all the time. After all you two need to have time away from the camera to enjoy life.

    Your small towns and villages in the UK are so historic and beautiful. I love the architecture and the feel.

  24. GREAT VIDEO!!! Thanks so much for the interesting interview with Andy. It really adds color to the normal vlogs and I hope you'll do more of these little side interviews going forward. Hello to Andy from the US!!! You're now an international YouTube star!!!!

  25. Nice video again guys, can you do an update video on how you are finding living in the boat…day to day stuff.

  26. Well done colin for braving the rain whilst shaun was in the dry , full mark's on including the conversation with the CRT volunteer it was a good interview as we don't often hear thier side ,and without them boating would be a lot harder.look forward to your next exploit ,ps ime and my son have just spent the last 2 days riding the Romney&Hythe railway loads of steam engines colin lol bye for now

  27. another really well-done video with cinematography, also enjoyed the sound track and enjoyed your good mood! BTW: Red Rock is an actual place in the SW Jemez Mountains in New Mexico, USA.

  28. Lovely vlog guys. The ice cream looked delicious. If your heading up the Huddersfield try papa greens in Diggle Saddleworrh , that takes some beating for ice cream, anyway stay safe boys really good to see you.

  29. Another great vid
    Great editing
    Incl the drone footage
    Keep smiling
    And keep the vids coming

  30. Lovely video. I often walk the Wigan flight and along the canal from Adlington to Chorley. I can confirm that Frederick`s ice cream is the best, I have eaten it all my life. You have a very nice pub coming up called `Top Lock` You have been to Wigan and not had a pie?

  31. Lovely vlog of a hard day at the office guys, love the chat with Andy the volunteer who obviously loves what he does to help.

  32. Great video as usual.its nice to people with my colour hair my grandson says it looks like metal? I said grandpa is supposed to have silver hair.

  33. Colin you continue to impress me with the quality of the VLOGS you produce, the BBC will come knocking soon. Andy was a natural, at ease and really seemed genuine in his passion for the CRT. I've made it from OZ, and I'm now in London, it's warm and very busy, maybe I should've hired a long boat.

  34. Lucky boys. A good lockie and flying cake from NB pica pica. Looks like you had an easy run Shaun snuggled up with Dillon under your cover. We're heading your way, so look out for more ice cream shops. XX

  35. Great video… the interview with the crt volunteer was nice… too many narrow boaters like to bash them your right… but without them there would be no canals to boat on… lovely arial views too eh… very nice.

  36. Here i am in a small town in Ontario Canada and a good friend is from Wigan! 23 Locks will be a a great workout and noticed the Bow Deck paint work, beautiful design.

  37. Awesome as always guys! No mean feat addressing so many comments – Geez Norm!! Ur fan-base is off the charts! I gave up trying to read them all – especially as YouTube eats my data allowance even wen on pause! You clearly enjoy wot u do – Kudos to u both n happy landings. #wurzel/nz ๐Ÿ˜‰

  38. What can one say? Great videos from a "technical" standpoint, but also funny, witty, and very informative. Showing the British countryside (and "citiside") from a rare perspective (at least for most of us). Carry On!
    Now I just want to go narrow-boating in Britain!

  39. Another great video. Gorgeous scenery, even though it was a bit wet. Btw, you two are great together. That's as great to see as the beautiful countryside.

  40. Hi guys,l would like to take this opportunity to say,l enjoy your double act of hilarious banter throughout your videos,also watching your amazing blog,has transported me into another whole new realm of narrowboat life,l am so impressed,its totally different from normal every day urban
    Stability,it seems to me ,that the both of you,have a unique lifestyle,doing what ever takes your fancy on silver fox,cruising along onto your next epic adventure,exploring new horizons,taking in the idyllic countryside,as your cruising the waterways of England,finding more historical
    Land marks of great interest,in villages and around,showing your viewers of our awesome English heritage,carry on cruising guys,

  41. Hi Chaps, really look forward to living vicariously through your vlogs. Why do you always point up regarding the notifications bell, I see it next to the subscribe box, but my bell doesn't seem to work. I never get notified even though my setting should enable it.

  42. Nice that you "bigged up" the CRT volunteers and you're journey up the Wigan Flight showed how helpful, even essential at times, is the work they do. It's a pity that people knock them when they're giving up their free time to help others. It's the same old story I guess that people don't value things when they're "free". Is it usual to tip them?

  43. Love watching your videos, great mix of information and entertainment . We owned & operated a 24m Dutch Barge in Burgundy France a few years ago as a business.
    We really enjoyed the barging lifestyle. We are Brits living in San Diego and would really love to do this again at some point.
    Do you also operate the drone?
    Keep on cruising !!

  44. This was fantastic! I've always wanted to see the Wigan flight in action! I'm kinda familiar with them (cycled UP them once… never again lol) and its strange to see the silver fox and you three on them! i've even took a photo of the Lock No.70 / VI sign from the exact spot you stood in when explaining the numbering system!
    I'm so so glad that your enjoying being on the canal! Here's to many more great canal adventures! ๐Ÿ‘
    (also, im not sure if you knew… but Haigh hall has a miniature railway in the grounds! ๐Ÿ˜…)

  45. Watching you wind the windlass. im waiting for a jack in the box to pop up lol. …..When yoy ran the London Marathon. did you win. Great incentive to , running away from all the strange people lol x

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