92. FLOOD! Narrowboat Stranded by Flooding after Storm Dennis! Stratford-upon-Avon Flooded!


Did we tell you where we were last time?
I don’t think we did, did we? No we didn’t. We we’re stood in front of a big building,
with like we had grey doors and a canopy that I think they bought from John Stalker, on line. John Stalk. . . Who’s John Stalker? He was. . . Chief of Manchester Police,
but he sold canapes online. . . part time when he retired. As you can hear. . . there’s a lot of sirens about. . . we’ve worked out by the 28 sirens an hour that there are a lot of poorly people
in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Rushing about in. . . Wooo Wooo Wooo! Oh by the way subscribe if you’re
not already if you enjoy this madness. So, we left you over there, that’s where we were. We were just stood in front of those
doors over there, teasing you. Although we didn’t fool many of you, I don’t think. We’re in the medieval town of Stratford-Upon-Avon But here’s the weird thing. . . This is gonna just pop you’re head is this. It’s gonna blow my mind. We spent two weeks in Birmingham. . . We spent two weeks in Lowsonford. . . and we spent two weeks here in Stratford-Upon-Avon Yes, we have. But yet the Birmingham vlog was 2 or 3 weeks ago. That doesn’t make sense. That doesn’t make sense. So. . . that must mean that we’re now
creating vlogs before we’ve done them, or to put it in other words what you’re seeing. . . it hasn’t actually happened yet. [Laughs] I’m confused. I’m confused. I’m confused. You’ll have to excuse us, there’s
a swan pecking as our feet. We we’ve kind of adopted a couple of
swans while we’ve been here. They keep following us all around the basin don’t they? They’re quite friendly, one followed
me to MacDonald’s yesterday. [Laughing] One thing we’ve learned about
Stratford-Upon-Avon, is it’s really busy. It’s the second most visited place in Britain after London That’s not surprising. It doesn’t surprise me actually
there’s a lot of people here. . . and I think it’s all the like Shakespeare thing. Beam me up Scotty. Shaun’s still trying to work out the
Shakespeare William Shatner. . . kind of difference. Are we allowed
to say [Beeeeep] on camera [Laughing] No? NO! So all the tourists come for that. . . and you can kind of. . . it’s like steeped in history when you’re walking around there’s all
these like black and white buildings. . . they all look the same, a bloody great fire risk. It’s like Nantwich isn’t it? One day will come
and it’ll be like [blows raspberry] Everything built of wood. [Laughs] So today we are leave in Stratford-Upon-Avon, we are joined by fellow YouTubers. . . Well Deck Diaries. . . and their lovely boat called,
I don’t know how you pronounce it. . . Mussa Madger [Laughing] Mussell Magic. I don’t know. Mussell. . . [Whispers] I’ve no idea. They’ll correct us. [Music playing] When we arrived in Stratford, it was just between
Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis and the River Avon was already about a foot
higher than it normally is. We weren’t that worried because there’s about a
metre difference between the river and the canal basin, but then storm Dennis
arrived and we started keeping an eye on the Environment Agency website and
noticed that the forecast was for it to go up another 2 or 3 feet. That would
have taken it over these locked gates flooding the basin. Now the jetties are
on like these poles that raise up and down so if the water goes up and down
the jetties move up and down with it so we weren’t too worried. . . but we were biting his nails for a little bit. [Sound of rain] [Sound of hailstones] [Sound of rain] I’m just stood on the banks of the River
Avon just by the mooring. As you can see behind me it’s actually quite high it’s
about half a meter above where it normally would be and the Environment
Agency has said that over the next 24 hours it’s going to go up probably about
another half a meter. So as you can see it’s already over topping the banks just
at the side here it’s really windy too. So imagine another couple of feet, about
another half a meter on top of this and that’s probably where it’s going to be tomorrow morning. [Music playing] [Music fading] The river ended up peaking a meter over
it’s average, but it stoped just about an inch from the level of the canal which
brought a sigh of relief for us but the flooding has been much worse elsewhere
around the country, especially on the River Severn in Shropshire and
Worcestershire where levels have been up to 7 meters higher than normal.
Seven meters, WOW! Even as I’m editing this, there’s more heavy rain on the way
so I’m kind of glad that we’re leaving the basin today. Even though it’s time to
go I’m gonna miss the Swans, there’s a really sweet couple and they’ve
kind of claimed the basin here as theirs and they’ve got really
friendly with us. Every time I open the duck hatch they’re there waiting to pop
the head in for a bit of food. There’s dozens of swans on the river and one of
the trip boats managed to trap a few of them in the Loch the other night. It was
a bit hairy to watch it because you could see them panicking as they got
cornered between the boats and the lock gates. Luckily though the staff managed
to stop the boat pull it to one side and he gave this one’s just enough room to
escape out the side and back onto the river. Today the sun’s back out so we’re
going to join Mark and Debbie from a narrowboat Musa Maja. . . to make the
locks a little bit easy as we leave Stratford and head back north on the
canal towards Wilmcote. [Music playing] All the locks on this stretch have got
single gates at both ends of the lock and some of the bottom gates are quite
heavy. The one at Maidenhead Road lock is a rice stubborn one because you don’t
have that long balance beam to give you leverage to open it. The balance beam is
a long piece of wood on top of the lock gate and the longer it is generally the
easier it is to open the gate, but because of the road bridge just on the
side of the lock here, this lock can’t have the normal type of beam so instead it’s
got this shorter metal version and I’ll tell you what it’s a good job of I’ve had my
Weetabix this morning. It’s really tough to open, it’s a right battle and it’s
even harder to try and close it. So I gave Mark a wave and he came to help me
close the gate and then I just held back a few minutes to help him open
and close it again for his boat. [Music playing] [Music fading] Just over two miles and four locks after
we left Stratford, we reached the Wilmcote Lock Flight. Spaced out over just
under a mile the 11 locks will raise us up by about 77 feet and it looks like
there’s some shower clouds bubbling up, keep your fingers crossed for us. [Music playing] [Music playing]
[Clanking of lock mechanism] [Music playing] [Music fading] [Natural water sounds] That was the six or seven hundred
Wilmcote Locks, the Wilmcote Flight, or. . . WILMAAAA! [Laughing] I’ve been wanting to say that all the way up. [Laughing] We passed a homeless man halfway up the
locks and Shaun gave him a pastry and I’m just stood there shouting. . . WILMAAA!I [Laughing] I gave him a Pastry and a Shotbread and charged him £1.96. No I didn’t [Laughs] So that was lock 40 which is the
top lock of the Wilmcote Flight. We’ve got about quarter of a mile or so, I think, I don’t know. According to the book.
You think I would’ve checked the book before we reach Wilmcote Visitor moorings.
But are we stopping at the visitor moorings. He gets more bizarre every day doesn’t he? We might be, it depends if
there’s any other boaters there, because us and boaters don’t mix [Laughs] No. . . Me and boaters don’t mix. So if there’s any space at the
visitor moorings, we’ll more there, but we’ve been informed, we are going a
little bit too far that way. No we’re not. We’ve been informed that if we go past
the visitor moorings, there’s actually some nicerer moorings. Nicerer mooring? Nicerer, as in gooses and sheep. Is that Mark and Debbie that said that? Right I’m up for a brew. OK. Ta ta. [Music playing] We’re just coming into WILMAAAAA! [Laughing] Wilmcote. . . all the people are coming out their
permanent moorings now. We’re just coming into Wilmcote. There’s a bridge, there’s like one bridge in Wilmcote, which is bridge 59, or. . . Featherbed Lane. That sounds really nice doesn’t it? Like all cutsie and fluffy Featherbed Lane, bridge 59. Back in
1958, Warwickshire County Council decided that Featherbed Lane. . . weren’t strong enough for the traffic and they wanted to break it down collapse the bridge and
build like a flat road across the canal and [Beeeep] with the bridge.
Really? Rude! But that would’ve meant they would have had to shut the canal, because they were
going to fill it in to build a road across it. So the Stratford-Upon-Avon
Canal Society went WHOAA! Hold your horses. Row it back son. . . and went to courts. . . and the Travel Minister, sat smoking his cigars
in Westminster says, well I got a minute then, if you can prove that anybody’s used
this canal it lasts three years, we’ll let you off thinking, Ahhhhh,
they’ll not be able to prove that. It’s a bit blowy, sorry. Rough around the muff again. Low and behold, the Stratford Canal Society produced a couple of canoe licences and
went there you go this canoes using it. so the Transport Minister nearly choked
on his cigar and went well laws the law sod it, you’re not having your road. Yeah. There you go, it remained open. Well I thought it were interesting. Well. [Laughing] Wilmcote Visitor Moorings. . . and on the towpath, the reason
that we’re not mooring here, no not the jogger. . . the generator. [Sound of noisy generator] and it’s actually put it. . . [Sound of noisy generator] How far away from his boat?
So that he can’t hear it. [Sound of noisy generator] Yep! The thing is. . . what if somebody moors behind him. So whoever moors behind him is
going to get the noise of the generator. [Sound of noisy generator] [Music playing] [Music fading] This sun doesn’t half make my hair look silver. That’s why it’s called Silver Fox. YAYY! We’ve done the Wilmcote Flight of locks, all 1,604. . . of them from Stratford-Upon-Avon [Laughing] [Laughs]. What? It’s taken us. . . 9, 10, 11, 12, 1, 2, 3 It’s taken us about 5 hours, but we had an hour. . . where the Premier Inn was and Shaun went to Lidl. . . to buy a donkey, a Lidl donkey. [Laughs] 🎶 Lidl donkey, Lidl donkey🎶 Oh you get more bizarre. My flies are undone as well, I hope you didn’t see that. There’s a boat coming. There’s about coming We hope you have enjoyed this vlog,
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coming up after the outtakes. We will see you next week take care, bye bye. Bye. [Music playing] Come on Maude Right, Gert. Stop staring at em. She had her camera out to take a photo of us. It was actually the royal. . . [Laughing] Come on, concentrate. I’m concentrating [Laughs] Have a metre. No, that’s six inches. So, yeah. That’s six inches. So it’s only about half a meter. and you could probably hear, you can prob…
Ye yin yea ya yeah [Blows raspberry] I bet these people come and talk to us. Take 600. I feel very close to the camera. You’re fine, you’ll be fine. [Laughing] What you laughing at? Nothing [Laughs] Do it again. [Laughing] We’ve been out here an hour. He ate a Nando’s and his guts exploded. You don’t wanna know. Sorry, I shouldn’t say moron. No you shouldn’t Valued CRT customer. Yes. [Music playing to the end]

100 thoughts on “92. FLOOD! Narrowboat Stranded by Flooding after Storm Dennis! Stratford-upon-Avon Flooded!

  1. Flooding looks very much like we’ve had not too long ago here. ☹️☹️☹️ I must complement your choice of music for this vid…. especially for the aerial flooding images.

  2. Wow. Water water everywhere. Great music with this episode too. Love hearing Shaun laugh.

  3. You and your number of locks. Colin, please learn to count. 🙂 other than that: the before and after flooding videos were amazing. I saw pictures of those two storms in the news, yet somehow, your video made it more real. I assume if the canals were flooded so badly you could nor see the sides, you would just stay put. Adorable swans! And Dillon. And you two. Cheers!

  4. Thanks for this weeks vlog, I can’t wait for Friday morning. As usual there is so much laughter in my house when you are on, everyone runs to sit in front of the TV to watch. There has been so much devastation in the U.K. for the past month with 3 bad weather episodes in such a short time, I have been following along from California. Can’t imagine what the people whose houses flooded not once but 3 times in such a short time will do. Glad you are ok. Until next week stay safe and have fun.

  5. I found it interesting..:) I always enjoy your information on the places you visit or pass through.
    Thanks for the vlog. Cheers.

  6. Aren't you glad you're not on the Ribble Link? I wonder what it is like right now? Another great vlog. Keep up the good work. Cheers.

  7. I love Dillion's sideways run. ♥️ You three are awesome and loved from my house in the Pacific Northwest, U.S.A.

  8. That schmuck with the generator is like the bloke who can't stand his own BO so he stands in front of a fan. Been on too many job sites where that happened. LOL. Thank you for sharing and God Bless from Florida.

  9. You guys look like you're having so much fun that I just had to subscribe!

  10. Brilliant vlog as always! I loved the flood comparisons you did and the drone footage. You film everything beautifully. I loved the music too. Wonderful stuff.

  11. Yikes! Very graphic comparison of the floods. I feel very sorry for those who suffered loss or damage.
    Excellent vlog guys. Thanks very much.

  12. Never one to create public disorder I do however think it only right that the generator be moved in front of its owners boat. If you happened to trip while returning it and the genset fell into the canal, well, that would be a little unfortunate but entirely understandable, I mean, accidents do happen.

  13. 1:58 For the curious, beep = [email protected], that's where the saying potty mouth comes from 🙂
    The videography is awesome, love your work.
    16:48 That valued CRT customer narrowboat 49219 with the noisy crappy little generator away from his own boat, is a selfish cnut.
    That generator needs to go for an unauthorised waterproof certification test, if you know what I mean 🙂

  14. Hi Guys Great filming. Music fits perfectly.Thanks for such an interesting vlog.

  15. Floods were amazing , great vlog always good for a laugh
    I don’t know how you steer in such narrow canals without bumping the sides
    Very cool just the thing to watch over a beer
    Cheers from New Zealand

  16. The swan peering over the sill wondering where breakfast was, was perfect … a good idea to get to higher ground … love Dillon's happy face, and tail. 🙂

  17. Great vlog again lads , nice yo see you swanning about in Stratford. Have you thought about doing an annual compilation of your best outtakes, they are hilarious.

  18. Governor 1920: "Ha! License canoes and pocket the cash!" Governor 1952: "Doh!"

  19. Excellent footage of the flooding, great work. Glad you’re safe

  20. Blooming heck it is hard to see where it starts and where it ends, what is river and what is canal and what is supposedly land. Glad you are ok.

  21. Brilliant brilliant brilliant that’s my sat morning complete. You were right the first time, morons… was going to say I was flabbergasted 😮 that someone would park their boat then stretch the generator as far back as they could away from their boat so they don’t get the full volume but couldn’t care a fxxx about anyone else that need to motor behind, yet again there are far too many people these days that don’t give a crap about anyone else but themselves, same as those that take two parking spaces as they can’t park for shit so who cares, I’m allrite jack😡
    Loved loved love the flood footage and comparisons, most excellent vlog lads xx 💋

  22. Another winner guys. Pleased you came through the storms & floods ok. What a thoughtless boater with the generator- you should have unplugged it, better still dump it in the canal. Lol.👍👍😘😎

  23. You're the best, guys! Just made my morning a bit more cheerful – thanks!

  24. At 10:30 with the windlass limbo 🤣😂 pleased you are all safe, the storms have been a bit scary. Fab video x

  25. Amazing drone footage of the floods boys, good to see all 3 of you safe & sound. Nice gate workouts & keep up the antics it's why we all enjoy watching you. Well done on the kindness gesture, I'm sure you did it without even thinking. Keep up the muff jokes too

  26. Wow Colin's on form this week – Did you sleep with the light on?
    Historical snippets are always interesting – especially where the little guy wins.
    Is Dillon part crab or what? I think he needs a paw alignment.
    Drone flood footage was awesome and the before / after shots were a great idea!

  27. I got to finish your Vlog this morning!!! This week as ever was brilliant but particularly loved the guitar music – wonderful. Until next week boys, take care 🙂

  28. I know Stratford well having grown up in nearby Leamington spa and Warwick and was shocked to see the drone footage of the flooding. Never seen anything like that before. Stratford used to be a regular Sunday day out for us as kids and I remember many walks around the basin there. There used to be an old Chinese man that would make cardboard book markers with your name written in Chinese on them in beautiful calligraphy. I’d forgotten all about that till I saw your vlog and it all came back to me really vividly,! Great vlog again guys really keen to see where your headed next. Take care

  29. Always fun watching you guys! But it seems almost contradictory about a boat being stranded by a flood.

  30. Cheers guys great videos as usual from an ex Cleckheaton lad been in perth australia for 60 years

  31. Water water everywhere but not drop you would drink….. 🙂
    Hi Boys, you're looking well.
    That arrogant sod with his generator should have it shoved where the Sun will never shine.
    Although if someone was left with no other option but to moor there, they should get another lead & plug their own boat into it. Hell, if they're forced to hear it, they might as well use the electricity & sod the owner of the generator.
    See you soon with hopefully some sunshine…. 😉

  32. Great vlog, I think Stratford would be a lot busier in the Summer, did you get many tourists asking to take photos of your boat? Hope to see footage of Edstone Aquaduct next week.

  33. Hi Guys, great vlog especially the drone footage, you really have mastered the drone flying, the flooding before & after shots were great, keep it up. Thank you & take care.x

  34. Hey guys,new T shirt idea, Rough around the muff, can I have two please 😂😂

  35. Great vlog yet again. Really feel you boat owners in those exceptional circumstances. The drone footage really showed just a far the flood water can spread from the source. Stay safe guys.

  36. Does the Queen know your canoodling with her swans? Great video as always. Lovely to see the touches of spring with the blossum and daffodils. Just coming into Autumn here 🙂

  37. That was the most amazing video what brilliant scenes, the flooding images were stunning.

  38. First time my husband has seen one of your vlogs, he really enjoyed it, thinks you're brilliant. He was born in Stratford but they don't do any tours round his birthplace, dunno why🤔😆😂

  39. Great choice of soundtrack music, well edited and interesting, cant wait for the next one. Cheers

  40. Great video as always , good to know your all safe and well , take care ,ATB Paul x

  41. i would have liked to have known how you moored the boat during the storm? How did you adjust to water levels etc.. apologies if this has been covered already? Love watching when i can Steve

  42. Brilliant as always…..is the whole generator thing becoming an issue on the cut?

  43. Always a treat, But WOW that flood water is scary. I'd probably have a nervous breakdown if I was there..

  44. Lovely video and a lovely soundtrack. It takes me back. In the early 1970s, when I was a teenager, a group of us hired a boat in Weedon, Northants and traveled down to Stratford and back. It was a magical holiday. The canal had only been open for six or seven years beforehand, after it's revival in the 60s. I remember it was a very quiet navigation. I dip in to your videos from time to time and really enjoy traveling with you in spirit. Love and best wishes.

  45. The water is to deep, we're stranded is a strange problem to encounter.

  46. Wow. That was a lot of water. I wonder how many people get stuck between bridges. Great scenery. Thanks for sharing. You two have a lot of fun together. Until next week!!!

  47. Enjoyed the video as always and a special well done to Shaun for helping a homeless person, it's hard to imagine what it must be like to live without a home and be avoided by people who don't understand.
    However, on another note I did like your "valued canal and river trust customer" comment. Some people are really selfish and don't give a d**n about others. Shame his generator didn't "fall" into the canal. Ah well, we can only hope.

    All the best

  48. what lovely swan friends you had. Does all that flooding make it much harder to navigate the canals?

  49. Hi Guys, great video again, good to see you are both safe especially after Shaun's Nandos experience and the flooding. Also my wife is now going round singing little donkey. Keep safe and looking forwards as ever to all the tweets and videos.

  50. You know who you are. You are responsible. Its YOUR fault. I live very near to Peak Rail. Minding my own business at home the steam train whistle drifted to my hearing. Without thinking I shouted
    "Train". As I say. Your fault.

  51. I was worried about you two with all the rain there. Glad you are plodding through it all. Cheers!
    Superb filming and editing. Bravo.

  52. We are watching your vids from #1. All through your search for a new/used boat you toured many boats. You talked about the interior. One thing you missed for me is, where is the ENGINE? Ease of accessibility to that and weed hatch would be a deal breaker. If you do anymore boat tours, can you show engines access?

  53. Stellar drone footage. Dillon and the swans 💕💕 As usual a very enjoyable vlog.

  54. Storm Dennis has been a right pain, glad it didn’t sink or strand you. Great vlog, thanks.

  55. Your editing to show the floods is very professional. Shows the true extent of the flooding better than any news editing we've seen. We're suggesting a Foxes Afloat night at our boat club for a group of us to sit and watch the vlogs. Your vlogs show us new things about the canals we've traveled on and can now help us choose new routes to explore. Many thanks for the time and effort you delicate to this each week.

  56. Great viewing lads!! Stratford looks very wet but I bet it was cold as well!!! Great adventures always!!!

  57. Who built your boat lads? Which model is it? Thanks for the vids. Good viewing. Ex Navy here too.

  58. Great work on the John stalker gag looks like I was one of the few who got it! Should be fairly straightforward to rework it into a sir Robert Mark gag if you happen to find a pile of old tyres just something to bear in mind for future videos🤣😂🤪

  59. From West Texas, my wife And I love your video’s Love Dillon. What did you guys do for a living. Y’all make living on the canals something we need to put on our bucket list.

  60. Did you know the swan is one of the only birds
    with a penis ?

  61. Gents. Your videography is fantastic. Your balance and timing of the video with the music is fab. The flooding has hit many people so thoughts go out to them affected.

  62. Absolutely loved this vlog. You captured the flooding wonderfully. We were by you a couple of weeks ago, but we didn't see you guys.
    Keep up the fantastic work, look forward to the next one.

  63. No envying your boating adventures this week. I'm boating in Puerto Rico. Temperature is in the 80s F and water temp is 78F. Love your channel. You bring joy to many people.

  64. You did a great job capturing the flood! WOW! We knew where you were – and have been there many times. Never seen it so flooded of course!

  65. Great how you gents filmed the flood water before and after the rain. I do feel so sorry for all the people who have been flooded out.

  66. Glad you 3 are safe and well…great footage well explained…….thanks for sharing

  67. Back in the 1980s, those of us Star Trek fans who didn't care for Mr. Shatner's… arrogance… used to refer to him as Bull Sh*tner. Later in his career, he kind of redeemed himself by making total fun of himself rather than taking himself so seriously, as he used to.

  68. Really nice use of drone views, you use them well to add value to the overall 'story' of each vlog. wonderful. Paul, Johannesburg

  69. I suspect Musu Maja is either Lithuanian or Latian as "Musu" means "our" and Maja, well I don't know but one could guess?

  70. I didn't realize that the floods had affected the Avon that badly. That river passes through our area (Warwick) and it didn't get that bad (just average!). Lovely views of a town I know well -thanks guys – great vlog!

  71. Perfect audio and visuals leading up into drone footage, great vid, the rises in water levels are frightening and anyone living through this experience of water in their homes must be devastating.

  72. Awesome video footage. Your drone shots are really amazing. Great show.

  73. According to visit Britain, Stratford upon Avon is not even in the top 20 most visited towns and cities.

  74. Hi guys …. which ‘go pro’ do you use……?

  75. I really enjoyed this video. The photography, editing and music centered around the flooding and cruising are excellent. Great capture of Shawn's concern and concentration when he is maneuvering the boat into a lock. Great job! Thank you. We subscribe to Mark and Debbie's channel and enjoyed the interaction during the storm and cruising.

  76. Yikes! That flooding was scary but beautifully filmed! I loved the swans looking for handouts as well as their little mating dance you captured on film for us! And as is often the case you restored my laugh! Hugs to you both, and Dillon too… stay safe and look forward to next week's video…😊💖💖💖🤗

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