86. Worcestershire Sauce & Malvern Hills by River Severn


Hello, thank you very much for watching. Well,
I’ve come up the River Severn to Worcester and today it’s time to climb the Malvern Hills.
Before that, I have a long and slow journey against the flow of the River Severn. And to be completely honest, it’s like wading
through treacle! Hense why Alice is really having to use all her 42 horsepower. The flow
is against me and it’s going to be like this all day. [Water flowing sounds] There’s going to be a lot of us fitting inside
the lock at Tewkesbury. There’s a large wide beam ahead of me, there’s obviously me and
three cruisers behind me so we will all get in easy-peasy but, it’s gonna be a bit of
a squeeze. The lock keeper is shimmying everyone along
and trying to squeeze us all in. Even though that lock has like a large diamond
area, the lock keeper wanted us all in the straight part. Because apparently, the diamond
area has quite angled sides and when the lock fills up or empties, it can strand people
on the sides. So we were all squashed up in the straight bit at the front. It was quite
tough not to, allow your boat to bash into the other boats. I was holding onto my centre
line and the cruiser boat behind me was sort of shimmying back and forth, back and forth
but it was fine. The lock didn’t need to fill up very much and it was nice and slow. [Water sounds] Just round the corner from Upper Lode Lock is the section where you can go over to Tewkesbury
and join the River Avon. I did the River Avon a couple of years ago. Really, really nice
river. Very picturesque, and I did it in really nice weather as well. [Music] These three cruisers are quite close together
behind me so in a mo, when I can see straight ahead and there’s no other boats coming, I’ll
slow down and let them all pass. [Music] [Water sounds] A couple of video’s ago, I had a lot of comments
about why on earth narrowboaters or other boaters don’t seem to say hello to each other,
and they don’t even acknowledge each other. We do, of course we do. Basically, let me
explain the logistics. My camera that you’re seeing is 60 foot ahead of me, and the stern
of the next boat could be anything up to 70 foot ahead of that. So that’s 130 foot away.
Now when you’re walking in a park or along a road, you don’t normally say hello to people
130 foot in the distance. You usually say within say 3 or 4 foot. Morning, hello, talk
about the weather, and that’s exactly the same as on a boat. We will pass each other.
Their stern will meet my stern and I will be within a couple of feet away from them
and that’s usually when we start gossiping and talking about if we’ve left a lock open
for them or if there’s any obstacles in the water or a basic hello, good morning or isn’t
the weather nice. We do talk to each other don’t worry. We’re not all obnoxious loaners
with grumpy faces on, it’s just the fact that there’s 130 feet difference, that’s all. [Music] Well, I just stopped off at Upton Upon Severn, just
for a bit of lunch and I walked around the village here. There’s a number of pubs, a
little shop. There’s a chemist, that sort of thing. Lots of mooring although I think
they probably get quite full later in the day. Just be aware of the mooring just before
the bridge. There’s a great big piece of metal, it looks like some sort of metal fencing or
something that’s fallen into the water. I merrily drove on in went woop over the top
of it. But anyway, being a flat bottomed boat you can do that sort of thing. [Sound of scraping metal] [Sound of water] As you travel up the River Severn, to the
west are The Malvern Hills. They dominate the landscape, and the 8-mile range of hills
cross into Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. The highest point is the
Worcestershire Beacon at 425 metres (1,394ft) above sea level. [Music] She’s loving it already and we haven’t even started climbing properly yet. [Music] Once you get up here, it’s okay. There are
steep bits though. [Music] There are springs all around the hills and
rainwater slowly permeates through the granite and limestone producing natural spring water. It was bottled on an industrial scale under
the Schweppes brand between 1850 and 2010, and the well is believed to be the oldest
bottling plant in the world. Malvern Water has been the choice of the Royal
Family for more than 400 years and the current, Queen Elizabeth II orders gallons of it whenever
she goes abroad. Despite Coca-Cola Enterprises closing their water plant here nearly a decade
ago, it’s still bottled on a smaller scale by the family-owned Holywell Water Company. [Sounds of water] [Music] The afternoon had gone really quickly as I
travelled next to viewers Kerrie and Lee on their boat Swallows and Amazons – the name
of my favourite book as a child. They needed water, and there are no points on the river
itself, so they had to go up into Diglis Basin. [Music] The city of Worcester has all the normal facilities,
and despite me walking across the race ground to pay for mooring, the ticket machines were
out of order and the pay by mobile option didn’t recognise my boat as a vehicle registration,
mm, funny that. Of course, after a hearty walk around the
county, there’s nothing better than some hot soup, a crusty roll and a splash of Worcestershire
Sauce. John Wheeley Lea and William Henry Perrins
were chemists within Worcestershire in the first half of the 19th century. They created
this fermented liquid condiment, and they went on to form the company Lea & Perrins.
Worcestershire Sauce is often used to enhance food and cocktail recipes as well as directly
on steaks, hamburgers and fish. We’re not so cramped in today. I’m only sharing
the lock with a swan and a duck. [Sounds of water] I’m just coming up to Stourport on Severn.
And this is the very last stretch of the River Severn. Beautiful river, really wide, quite
slow going north but I am looking forward to getting back onto a narrow canal. [Sounds of water] So I’m finally up at Stourport on Severn and
I’m going to use my windlass which I haven’t used for well over a month and prepare this
lock. There’s a landing here just before the lock
and there’s no one around. Last time I came through here it was packed full of lots and
lots of people so. Right, let me do this properly because it’s a staircase lock. I’m gonna read
the instructions and do it correctly. I may be in luck today, it looks like there
might be a lock keeper on duty. So he can help me get through these locks. Right, this is going to be interesting because
the very nose of Alice is almost across the front of the lock. So I need to really
push the stern out so we can take the corner. [Engine sounds] That’s really annoying. Just as I was climbing
out of this lock to close this gate, I knocked the windless off the top of the locker, down
into the bottom of the lock. Now normally a lot of windlass’s are steal so I would
be able to use a magnet but stupidly, I purchased a windlass that was lightweight which is aluminium
and of course I can’t get it. So, it’ll sit at the bottom a lock for evermore now. I know
what I’m buying at the chandlery anyway! Right this next bit is horrible because the
locks aren’t aligned so I’ve got to go across a small pound and over. Luckily there’s no
wind but it’s always a challenge. I had multiple goes at getting into this lock from the top
one, so let’s see if I can get into that one in one go. I probably won’t be able to but
still, we’ll have a go. [Crunching noise] Well that was rather embarrassing. It looked
like I was on course to just nudge in and turn Alice in but. It’s difficult to judge the
front of the boat and of course I bashed into the wall and made a right fool of myself but
anyway, I’m in in the lock now and there’s two lock keepers helping so I’m just staying
on board and they’ll get me up through underneath bridge number two into the last lock here.
But I did really well on the first one and appallingly badly on the second one Oh well. And once again I’m up on the Staffordshire
and Worcestershire Canal. It’s been a really long day today. Battling against the flow
of the River Severn but I’m up through Stourport on Severn. I filled up with fuel, I’ve changed
a gas bottle, I filled up water, emptied the bins, emptied my elsan, so I’m really rockin
and rollin and I’m good to go. Now up ahead on the right, I know there’s a couple of special
people that have up moored up. We’ve been communicating all day of where we are, where
we are and hopefully, I will meet up with them shortly. Before I go, I’d like to thank Mark Weber
from Seattle in Washington, United States for his Patreon Support. Thanks, Mark. Until next time, see you later.

97 thoughts on “86. Worcestershire Sauce & Malvern Hills by River Severn

  1. Great scenery as per usual. Interesting bit about the bottled water and Lea and Perrins sauce, I use it all the time when cooking.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  2. The music the scenery, ahhh, you do it well….You do cruise as I do…. slow down and let them all get to the appointment…. On one of the views on JONO, it seems we go back in time w/the hot air balloon aloft, feels like the eighteen hundreds… remarkable.

  3. Fantastic color. Elevated shot of Alice from the bank, upward shot of the bridge with the birds at the end (John Woo), sun through the treetops and that drone side shot. Shots like that are what separate you. Very well done again. Also the drone shot of that massive lock. Keep up the good work.

  4. Beautiful river severn, I love your information on industrial history, Molly is really beautiful and in great shape, in summary I will say, a nice guy with a nice dog on a boat look nice

  5. Iโ€™m glad your Lab Moly is such a cool traveling companion.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

  6. I have read all the "Swallows and Amazons" books, several times!! Bit odd for a yank but though uneven over time, great stuff as is the history of the author. We are a bit like minded here, books and labs!!! Thanks. Bob Jarrard

  7. Once more You have entertained me while I have my cup of tea. Interesting vlog great views, well done.

  8. Your vlogg has become my favorite. Nice views, interesting comments and atmospheric music. However, I do have one question. You who have narrowboats seem to have a working consensus, what about wide-beams and cruisers? Does it work just as well? Warm greetings from an almost wintry Sweden!

  9. molly looked so relaxed on the stern yet on the malverns she run her hart out what a lovely dog

  10. River Severn is a beautiful part of the country. Aluminium windlasses, fit a jubilee clip on handle. Can then fish out with magnet or wear a belt with holder to hold windlass. Can buy them at chandlers or on line.

  11. Thank you Jono.
    For a very interesting video.
    I love seeing Molly she is a darling.
    She loved been in the hills.
    A very fast runner.๐Ÿ˜€

  12. Another absolutely delightful and artistic video! I loved the balloon and its reflection in the river. In the late 1960s I spent a week in Malvern at the Morgan Factory having some work done on my Plus 4. I fell in love with the whole area there. Thanks so much for taking us with you and Molly!

  13. Excellent video, I really like it when you get off the boat for some touring, hiking or whatever. I enjoy history and the canals follow the historic sections of the country giving you a close look at the early industrial age, buildings, museums, etc.
    Buy two of the cranks, if you were alone, and lost one, you would be in a pickle, something I can see you need a spare of for sure.
    Worcestershire Sauce, I love it, and have chastised some restaurants here when I asked for it and the French's brand was brought out instead of the real thing.

  14. Jono,
    Not to worry, Even topnotch plane pilots have an occasional off landing.
    Cheers.
    Rik Spector

  15. That's another 37.5p to the Old Sea Dog – he needs it by the look of things!

  16. Great video. I think we are all a bit in love with Molly. I remember climbing the Malvern hills when I was 9 great place.

  17. Hi Jono. Another wonderful video. I Really enjoy riding along with you and Molly. I am curious, in the United States we have the option to have a micro chip inserted in our dogs for identification in case we get separated. It has my contact information when scanned. Do you have the option there and if you do, do you have Molly micro chipped? She is such a sweet well behaved and loving friend you have. She could be my Nelson's twin sister. He is black also and is almost the same size. He looks at me like Molly looks at you. We watch your videos together. Happy travels my friend until the next video.

  18. When I lived in England we always pronounced Worcestershire Sauce as 'Wooster Sauce'
    In Australia and NZ they pronounce the full name generally.

  19. Yet another wonder vlog Jono! As always, fantastic choices in background music.

  20. Nice trip Jono , i thought i saw some blue sky but it must have been an illusion . Who are the mystery vlogers i wonder ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. "…we're not all obnoxious loners with grumpy faces on…." Yeah, leave that to us Americans who live in the big city. (which is one reason I live in the country). I see Molly just likes hanging out with you. I've noticed some things about my dogs: they like when I take them to the middle of nowhere and let them run around, but they REALLY enjoy when I join them on a walk through the middle of nowhere. Does Molly act that way, preferring to walk and explore with you rather than just have you stay in one place?

  22. Light weight aluminium windlass , attach two jubilee clips to it (made of steel) and you would have been able to retrieve your windlass from the depths..

  23. Breathtaking scenery !! LOOOOOVE your Molly, sheโ€™s gorgeous
    Thank you for sharing
    Ciao yโ€™all from the Great State of Alabama

  24. Really enjoyed the video bro, I am quite a fan of Worcestershire sauce on steak but never tried it on fish. Some awesome scenery along the way. All the best

  25. That wide beam must win the 'how many fenders can you get on one boat' competition !

  26. Another excellent vlog. Molly is such a bundle of energy running around and absolutely loving the moment, she looks so happy with her life.

    Lovely scenery and nice to see a little of the towns you visit on your journey. I do look forward to seeing your vlogs come up, always nice to be able to settle down with a cuppa and have something relaxing and enjoyable to watch. Thank you.

  27. Absolutely brilliant trip one for our bucket list next season, Iโ€™m just about to go down the Buckby lock flight to Whilton Marina where Iโ€™ll be leaving NB Thomas Henry sheโ€™s been sold and this next week Iโ€™ll be picking up NB Fiddlesticks from ABNB at Crick looking forward to passing you somewhere maybe next year we have 4 dogs on board but my dog Ben reminds me of Molly. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘.

  28. Great vlog Jono. Always enjoy your videos especially seeing Molly enjoying herself. I shouldn't worry about tapping the entrance to the second lock, we all do it occasionally ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Malvern is not pronounced with an "A", the A is pronounced as an "O", so it is pronounced Molvern.

  30. Hi Jono, thank you for your quality videos and narrative.
    I am about to start refurbing a 57ft narrowboat and am considering replacing her faulty Mastervolt Mas Combi inverter/charger with a Victron Easy Solar 12/1600/70-16 MPPT 100/50 SKU CEP121621000. I've only just discovered the Victron Easy Solar so don't know how long they've been in the market place, I wondered if you have any views on this unit?
    Have you ever considered a camera mounted on a pole a little higher than yourself so giving us a more overall view, especially when meeting another narrowboat? OK….Just thought you'd like the challenge!
    Thanks again Jono and as always, looking forward to your next video.

  31. I'd like to see an interview with a lock keeper. Asking him questions like how many boats they see in a day. How many smash their boats in the sides. How maby hours do they man the locks. How to sign up to volenteer. And other questions. Just a vlog full of Q and A.

  32. I enjoyed your deviation up into the hills almost as much as Molly. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  33. Am wondering if the two special people might be from TheNarrowboatExperience. They are heading south on the Staffs&Worcs canal. Alice the cat can team up with Alice the nb.

  34. Beautiful, BEAUTIFUL video. The skies are absolutely incredible!! We thoroughly enjoy the Magnificent Molly effortlessly running joyously up and down the hills!
    How does Molly's life vest work? Does it inflate more if she falls in the water? Your vest too, for that matter. It looks to have a zipper around it which you wouldn't be able to do anything with if you were floundering in water?
    Sorry about the loss of the windlass. When you replace it, get a spare one to keep on board. Thanks for sharing all your gorgeous videos!

  35. Aren't those windlasses supposed to have a cork ball on a line attached to them, to float up if they go in. Maybe only hire firms do it.

  36. Lovely video mate, Molly is a dream dog, all credit to you with her excellent training. Keep them coming, this gentle life of yours is an inspiration to many of us.

  37. This might be a dumb question but I'm a non-boater so please be kind! In the heyday of the canals as a trading highway, did every lock have a lock-keeper or did the narrowboat crews, even then, have to operate locks on their own much as you do for the majority of the time? Thanks!

  38. Great vlog, first time I've watched a vlogger going through off the Severn from that direction…

  39. With the aluminium windlass, if you attach a couple of steel wormdrive hose clips around the shaft of them you can use a magnet to fish them out of the cut after those โ€˜oppsโ€™ moments ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

  40. That was lovely to watch. Love to see molly run flat out. She really loves to run doesnt she. We all love her here..xx

  41. Nice juxtaposition of balloon and narrowboat. Slowest way to travel by air, slowest way to travel by water.

  42. Hi,
    just wanted to say, amazing production value and beautiful choice of music! Thanks for producing such wonderful content.

  43. brilliant vlog jono,beautifully filmed,paced ,sequenced, and of course Molly. thank you

  44. Thanks Jono, 20 min is fine. Luv to Maggie. We have Holbrooks Worcestershire sauce here in Australia also, "created by a gentleman in the countryside"

  45. I don't want to be miserable, but we have just lost our dog and watching Molly run and play brought a tear to my eyes. Well done the pair of you.

  46. Jono, thanks for sharing your life with us. As a boater in the states, I understand the camaraderie amongst fellow boaters. I do have a question though; do you feel there a friendly mental separation between narrow boaters and cruisers, like there is between sailors and powerboaters?

  47. Great video as always! Don't be embarrassed about nudging the wall. Those locks must be the most difficult locks to navigate on the system. Also, bear in mind that there's never anyone around when you get it absolutely right. Love the footage of Molly. She is so much like my own dog, also called Molly and also a labrador but golden. Really looking forward to your next video.

  48. Just a thought and you have had this before. Why don't you have some play welded up the sides of you boxes..? To close in the sides..

  49. Just love this vlog, I used to visit the Malvern hills in my youth and I loved Molly having such a great time running around, brings back such good memories, many thanks!

  50. Jono do you wish you had brought the 52bhp Canaline engine? so you'd have the extra power for times like this?

  51. Great explanation about the friendliness of other boaters and your camera position on the bow of the boat. I had wondered if this confused people. With my own narrowboat experiences in the UK I would often say that I found people walking the towpath and the ones cruising by were sometimes more friendly than our general experiences out and about town. Fishermen were always the exception to the rule as many treated boaters as an invasion of their right to fish!

  52. Jono, you have a beautiful country, greetz from the Netherlands๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

  53. we have put galvanised iron jubilee clips round the shanks of our windlasses, makes them a bit easier to retrieve with a sea magnet ๐Ÿ™‚

  54. Your videos are a delightful respite from work-a-day life, Jono! Love watching Molly play with you. Actually caught myself laughing out loud (on a plane, headphones on) to the chagrin of the sleepy traveler next to me! Cheers, from Massachusetts.

  55. When is the new episode coming out I've become hooked and need another dose of this content

  56. I got a kick out of Jono saying he spent the day battling the current on the River Severn. It looked a bit like he was just standing there and the boat was doing the battle… ๐Ÿคฃ

  57. Isnโ€™t that music from or similar to the score to road to perdition with tom hanks and paul newman? Incidents with boats and stationary objects are all part of the fun!

  58. Thanks for yet another great video. The quality of your videos is right at the top of those on YouTube!!

  59. IT is terrible. ……how your DOG love you…………..one question..? IS your boat more large and hight…..than (crusing the cut)….it s seem bigger more logeable inside…….you speak of bottles of water…..you do an allusion .. (SCHEPPES) WATER.. with gaz inside..is it exact ?

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