A New Chapter

It’s been quiet around here for a while. And that’s because we’ve been plotting something very big and exciting that we couldn’t reveal until just now.

It will be obvious to anyone reading our blog that we are a bit obsessed with canals and boats, old narrow boats in particular. Our love of the canal network has also never been fully satisfied by life afloat in the Fens and we’ve always sought ways to go boating as much as possible on the cut, on our boat or friends’ boats.

So when we were contacted by Brian and Ann Marie McGuigan (who many will know run coalboat Alton) asking if we were interested in an opportunity to make a living working on the canals up in Cheshire, we jumped at the chance!

Brian and Ann Marie had just taken on Bollington Wharf (on the Macclesfield Canal) and they were looking for some enthusiastic young(ish) people to join them running the place as well as helping out with the coal boats Alton and Halsall. Already signed up were our friends Jason and Charlotte who own Betelgeuse and now Bargus.

This offer came at the right time for us since my job in the Brecks finishes this summer and as I’ve said we’d been itching to leave the Fens. Over the past few months we’ve been going up to visit and refine our roles and business plan with the team which has been enormous fun, as well as getting stuck into yard work. Then after our wedding in May we’ll head northward to new waters and a new adventure. Willow is obviously going to come with us and we will be moored at the yard when we’re not off boating and exploring the canals!

The new Bollington Wharf team

The service moorings at the wharf, with Adelphi Mill opposite.

The wharf is in a great location on the beautiful Macclesfield Canal, in the heart of the lovely friendly town of Bollington, Cheshire. Do pop by and say hello – we have fuel and pumpout/elsan and lots more planned so watch this space.

We will be setting off on our grand wedding/moving north trip at Easter and as usual when we do a big trip we’ll be blogging about it. When we arrive, I will probably start a new dedicated blog about boatyard life.

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7 thoughts on “A New Chapter

  1. Good luck! I hope to visit with SG before too long…

  2. Congratulations to both of you, both on your wedding and married life together and on the new job in a fantastic location. Good luck with all of it.

  3. davidss2013

    Yes, Congratulations and Best Wishes on both your ventures. I do think it adds something when you get ‘head-hunted’ for a particular role. By now, during the months of preparation, you will have had clear confirmation that acceptance of the offer was a good move.
    Brian and Ann Marie McGuigan should also take some positive energy from the evidence that their decision to invite you both was a good move.

    Regards, David.

  4. Another blogging boater leaves the area. Will there be anyone left to write anything? We are heading off in March (fingers crossed for no SSAs) for a season of travel. Our loose plan is that we might end up in the Shropshire or Cheshire area at the end of the season, if we can find somewhere suitable.
    If you have moorings there or find out about any small quiet places to moor, we could be very interested.
    Hope everything works out, it sounds like you have a very exciting 2017 ahead of you both.

  5. Excellent news! Jan and I wish you every success in what must feel a slightly scary venture! We’re heading south this year but we’ll call in next time we’re up north.

  6. What perfect timing for your new adventure, to get married and then have a life working on the Cut! I can just imagine how you two will love it. Congratulations Amy and James xx

  7. Very best wishes!

    ~Have a lovely day!

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