These are the adventures of Andy and Sally Rawnsley on their narrowboat "The Puzzler". We have been living on the boat for over nine years now and are still loving it. Our Ulster born Shih Tzu, Shannon, has grown up, and has taken over the boat! After three wonderful years in Ireland, we transported The Puzzler to The Netherlands, and spent a year there. In 2015 we went southwards, to reach the north of France by June. After glorious weather throughout the summer, we arrived in Roanne in late October, and enjoyed our winter in this friendly port. We cruised extensively in France in 2016 and 2017, returning to Roanne each winter.
Thursday, 14 April 2011
Lecarrow Canal 9th April
On Saturday we went back out on to Lough Ree, and went further south to visit the Lecarrow Canal, at the head of Blackbrink Bay. This is a real contrast to the wide waters seen so far. It is much more like home, being similar in width to a wide canal.
It was quite deep, with peaty banks, and runs through St. John's Game Sanctuary. This is an area of reeds and marshy inlets from the canal.
Apparently this canal gets very weedy in the summer, which is a great problem for the cruisers, which take their engine cooling water directly from the canal.
At the head of the canal we saw a large weed cutter.
Despite being a small mooring, there is an immense amount of parking and a full shower block. There is a small slipway, as at all moorings. These are well used by small dinghys with outboard motors.
Lecarrow village is not very big, but does have a shop.