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.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

1st - 3rd September. On up The River Shannon, then the Lough Allen canal to Acres Lake.

On our way up the River Shannon, the waves were rolling down the river towards us, which was not very comfortable for The Puzzler.

At the approach to Leitrim, it was off to the left to continue on up the Shannon River.

The lock at Battlebridge is the start of the Lough Allen canal. The River Shannon is to our left, having flowed parallel to the canal from Lough Allen.
On the opposite bank can be seen a permanent campsite, with camping huts as well as tents. We were told that this is the only campsite in Ireland to remain open for the whole year, in both summer and winter.

The water on this canal is very brown from the peat, filling Battlebridge lock through the high gate paddles.

Above Battlebridge lock the canal is very peaceful as it continues through the trees.

Sailing on towards Drumleague lock, Slieve Aneirin can be seen in the distance.

The scenery by the canal is changing as we climb, and is more open, with moorland around us.
Yes, it is that time of the year again! Andy spotted this branch when we were up this way in early May, so it is out with the chain saw to help clear the towpath of unwanted wood.

Out with the axe too!

On the approach to Acres Lake, Slieve Aneurin does not look any closer than before.
There is room at Acres Lake for a lot of boats, but there were only two of us there this time. We are told that the busy time here is during the Drumshanbo Music Festival in July.

1 comment:

  1. I really felt my self in your journey. All the images are so cool and expressing your journey very well. Most of the people really love to have their holidays with narrowboats to have adventure and fun.

    Jay@ river thames narrowboat hire