Our plan is to go to York.
Bearing in mind that Rock n Roll is 62' the route we'll take is :-
continue down the Staffs and Worcester to Autherley Junction and north on the Shropshire Union to Barbridge where we'll cross country on the Middlewich to join the Trent and Mersey to Preston Brook.
From there we access the Bridgewater Canal Main Line to Stretford Waters Meeting and the Leigh Branch to the Leeds and Liverpool (Leigh Branch) to Wigan and the 20 locks north, joining the Main Line and cruising through Blackburn, Accrington, Burnley, Skipton, Keighley, Bingly 5 Rise on to Leeds.
The Aire and Calder Navigation (main line) will come next up to Selby and from there onto the tidal River Ouse to Naburn and the non-tidal into York.
We love to cruise slowly - we hate having to stick to deadlines and will probably take several months to reach the beautiful city of York, on what we describe as our first epic journey - especially as we have not done rivers before!
So if there are any boaters out there who have done all or parts of this journey in the past and can give us any advice on moorings, services, places to visit and others that we should not stop at, or tips on cruising the 17 miles of commercial waterways, we would be very glad to hear them. If anyone is doing this, or part of this journey this year we would love to hear from you too!