72. Narrowboat to Bugsworth Basin and Discovering the Peak Forest Tramway.


[Music playing] Awww we look similar, we like the same this morning. It’s early again. What’s that song? [Sings] Sisters… Sisters…. Der di der di der Der de der de der de der de der der der [Laughing] [Laughing] We’ve left well I think is the nicest morning we’ve ever ever had…… just after Bridge 29 on the Peak Forest. And we’ll be back.
Oh yeah we’ll be back. the only reason we’ve left is because we’ve been there what?
four days? Yes. And we were at Bridge 20 before that the three days, so we’ve been
out a week and we haven’t emptied the pot or filled with water. So we need to do it.
So we’re off to Bugsworth Basin this morning and we’re gonna do that, we’re going to empty the pot and fill up the water and we’re going to call at Tesco. Shaun hopefully, is not gonna hit this boat. I’ll be back [Music playing] [Music fading] You were moving in a bit close then…. Awwww [Laughs]
Awwwww he want’s a cuddle [Laughs] How many canals have we done so far, about 30? 30?? No. all right we’ve done Leeds and Liverpool, Lancaster…… Huddersfield… Huddersfield Narrow, Huddersfield Broad… Calder and Hebble… and Aire and Calder… That’s it isn’t it? Six… and Peak…. Oh no…. Ashton, a tiny little
bit of the Ashton. About three yards. And the Peak Forest….. and I tell you all this
it’s my favorite….. that much [laughs] Gonna chain him down. [Music playing] [Music fading] So this is where the Peak Forest splits,
about half a mile down to your right hand side is Whaley Bridge, that’s near
Todbrook Reservoir. But we are going left, towards Bugsworth Basin.
Hopefully we’re going to get moored up here because there’s a Tesco just behind that corner
and we need to call and get a few provisions. Brightness…….. Brightness. Can’t see. [Music playing] [Music fading] This is Bugsworth Basin, more
affectionately known as Buggy. It’s in the village of Buxworth with an X.
But it wasn’t always like that, up until about 100 years ago the village was
named Bugsworth too, but the people living here would be embarrassed,
it wasn’t cool to live in a place called Bugsworth and it got so bad that some
of the villagers even refused to get off at the train station when they used to have one here, thet’d rather sit on the train till the
next station at Chinley a couple of miles down the track….. get off and walk back. It’s getting a bit silly…. So campaign was started by the Head Teacher
and the Vicar here in the village and the other referendum and
changed the name of the village to Buxworth… Much more respectable. [Laughs] But it never affected the basin down here and even today it’s still known as Buggy So, we’ve moored up nice and early.
It only took us three hours. and that’s including stopping at
the water point and emptying the pot. So I’ve got to do some editing. I’ve got
to do something editing for the next vlogs that you’re gonna see over the
next couple of week and get a few questions about how we do that, what sort
of equipment we use and how the vlogs are put together and it’s really really quite simple. Most of the recording is done on the video
that’s recorded me right now so I can’t show you it, but it’s just a HD camcorder.
We also use a couple of GoPros like these, we put these on the front and
then at the back of the boat and they captured bough shots and stern shots. We have another little camera, this is a tiny little camera that’s got a built-in
gimbal and Shaun usually uses this…. and we keep this on the stern and it’s just for
capturing anything of interest as we pass it, so that gets used quite a bit.
and then of course we’ve got the drone which we use for the aerial shots. So we put that all onto the Mac. I use an editing software program called
Final Cut Pro on the MacBook. So we divide all the footage into little folders and so we’ve
got a video folder, drone folder, GoPro folder. It all goes into folders and
then it’s all edited down to get the best bits out. So that reduces it from
anything from 6 to15 hours, down to about 2 hours and then we just
reduce it down even more. I spend about a day picking music for the
vlogs, because the music has to be just right and then it’s just a matter of
knitting it all together just editing it and that’s why we only put one video out
a week, Cos it literally takes us a week to edit, So at any one time I can be working
on two vlogs, editing. But we’re also filming for one or two vlogs in the future. [Music playing] If you’d have been here about 200 years ago,
there’s a likelihood that you would have had wagons carrying
limestone two and a half tons worth coming down one side and going back up
the other. This is part of the Peak Forest Tramway, it links the quarry’s at Dove Holes
about three miles that way with Buggy Basin about three miles that way
and the wagons would come down carrying the limestone down towards the boats in
Buggy Basin. Some of it would be put in the kilns and turned into quicklime and
then it’d be off down the Peak Forest Canal towards Ashton and then wherever
in the country it was going. [Music playing] Now a couple of hundred years later ther’s
not much left of the original tramway. But if you look really carefully you can
still see signs of it. The original stone sleepers that the
tracks used to sit on are still embedded within the trail you can see like the
holes well here the tracks would be drilled into them. I tell you it makes
for a bit of bumpy riding. [Laughs] There you go and you can see these all the way down from Dove Holes all the way down to Buggy Basin. Back in the day, trains of
up to 40 wagons long and weighing anything up to a hundred tons would come
bombing down the tramway with a Waggoner and his apprentice riding on the axles
using a chain and hook to lock the wheels making it skid and to slow it down
Oh sounds dangerous but I bet it was a right laugh. Now once the wagons got
to Buggy, a tippler, it’s like a big wooden A-frame with a massive wheel
attached to it would lift the wagon up and tip all the limestone out of it and
at its peak, Buggy was the biggest inland port in the kingdom about a
hundred thousand tons of limestone alone would come down here along the tramway
where it’d be loaded into about 300 narrow boats every month. Now the tramways
stopped working in the early 1920s but when you look at Bugsworth Basin from
the air, you can still clearly see where the tramlines came in and where it
splits off into branches. Each one going down to a separate loading area where the
limestone would be tippled out and loaded onto the boats. Can you imagine if they
rebuilt the tramway as a modern day ride, it’ll be like an awesome 6 mile long
free running roller coaster. I pay to go on that. Underneath the kilns you’ve got these. It’s bit dark isn’t it? It’s a good job I’ve got my torch. So I’ve come into one of the little passages
underneath the kiln, this is the Gnat Hole Kiln and there’s three of these
passages that you can get in. I think the clue to what this is, is in
that corner there. Now you’ve got a chimney like a flue that brings the air
underneath the kiln op in to the kiln to get the heat and the fire going and
then obviously out of the chimney at the top. You can see it’s like the original
stones, it’s absolutely fascinating in here….. and lots of creepy crawlies. [Music playing] [Music fading] Did you know that Pat Phoenix used to
own the Navigation Inn? You know she is. Is she related to your Uncle Keith? Yeah [Laughs]. No.
She used to play Elsie Tanner in Coronation Street. Jesus how long ago is that?
Oh too many donkeys ago. Coronation Street….. Are you ready? Let’s do it….. 3… 2….1 [Singing theme tune to Coronation Street] I think somebodies strangling a cat [laughs] We’;re having a lovely time here at Buggy Basin. The good thing, the thing I love about it is there’s just
tons of moorings. When you come into the Bugsworth Basin you can kind of go
straight on and that’s where most people moor, but you can go around and this like
bits on the roundish bit. It is quiet and then there’s like a little hidden away moorings.
It’s really nice. It’s only a 48-hour mooring, buts there’s
like a Trust that look after the basin it’s not CRT…… it is CRT but it’s a Trust
that looks after it and if you make a donation to the trust you can stay a
little bit longer. I think that’s all right if you want to stay isn’t it?
Yeah it is. I don’t know what it is, but….. Errrr….I don’t But we’re not staying so it’s not
relevant to us anyway is it. It is nice and quiet. The A6 literally passage straight by,
but don’t worry cos there’s like a load of trees and so it’s really well
sheltered isn’;t it? Yeah, you don’t hear it at all. The wind was kind of blowing our away
from the A6 and the trees shelter most of the noise anyway, so you don’t hear most
of it do you?. Nah, No. There’s loads of places to walk and I’ve been loving walking
up here on the Peak Forest. It’s only about 20 minutes over to Whaley Bridge.
There’s two ways you can go… The shortest one is right over Silk Hill…… [Laughing] We went to get our haircut again and it weren’t much cheaper was. it, than it was in Upper Mill?
No. We paid 12 quid in Upper Mill.
I think it was 11 quid here in in Whaley Bridge. It’s a 20 minute walk but it’s
like that. I think have the energy to argue with the price. or you can go round the Canal towpath down the Whaley Bridge bit past Tesco and B&M We have a lovely time in B&M didn’t we [Laughs]
About an hour [Laughs] Looking at all the bargains and everything. [Laughing] The other night….. A bit annoying…..
Half past 10, we could hear a boat engine. There’s a boater, in the pitch black, no light on trying to
find his way down, it’s was a windy night as well and he gets in front of us and he’s
banging into the boat he’s trying to kind of get in moored in and he couldn’t
get in and he’s banging the boat that was moored in front of us. So we went out
with the torch kind of trying to light it up for him just so he can see what
he’s doing, he was like…. I don’t need to torch don’t need to torch, it’s been it’s been
a really bad day….. and Shaun’s like….. bang our boat I’ll be a bad night as well [Laughing] He weren’t half crashing into it though. Oh…. God So yeah… I mean… don’t…. come on. If it’s pitch black, either get really good
lights I just don’t bother. Half past 10 at night….. No! So I got my new bike today as well. So excited when Ryan Brough it. Ryan’s come to do the engine
service and he brought the bike too. So I’ve been out on that most of the day while Ryan’s been servicing the engine. It’s been lovely on the boat,
I’ve been on my own [Laughs] [Laughing] [Coughs]
That’s carmer isn’t it for punching you? [Laughing] So Ryan came to do the 250 hour service. and that’s about it, we’re off again tomorrow
next week’s vlog is a little bit special. No spoilers…. It was almost a disaster
movie that’s all I’m saying. That’s all you know. But we’ll be back same time next week.
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a new vlog…… 4 o’clock on Fridays. [Laughs]. Always. Any feedback or comments or
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it isn’t it? I think so. We have got………. Homemade cookies…. some Shortbread Cookies. That smells……. delicious! The aroma of freshly baked Shortbread is
kind of wafting around Buggy Basin. So that was busy for the next hour.
There’s a queue outside the boat [Laughs] We’ll see you next week, take care. Thank you
very much for watching and we’ll see you later, bye bye. See you later, bye. Who’s been in the water again? Owww!!! Argggh! Even some of them….. Ahhh wasn’t cool to….. but the basin here as still always been known as books. Argggh!! so they haven’t of. Argggh!! The Buggy?? It’s just Buggy. [Beeep. Beeeep] Or Buggy. YAYYY! Did you know that…… I don’t what they call it [Laughs] Played Elsie Tanner. Who’s are what with a spanner? [Laughing] When you come in… Errrr to… err Bugsworth Basin not Whaley Bridge Gotta do all that again… [BEEEEP!!!]

100 thoughts on “72. Narrowboat to Bugsworth Basin and Discovering the Peak Forest Tramway.

  • Hi boys, thanks for showing us around Bugsworth Basin, very interesting.
    When you showed the drone footage of the basin, me being, "A Train" minded person,
    spotted the track layout & thought almost straight away that it was a tramway or light railway of some kind.
    Thankfully you had some of the old photo's to show us what it was & the info on it was brill.
    See you soon, take care. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Love the drone shots. Such a pretty area. But probably a, mess when the Basin was in full swing.
    Dillon siting! What did the silly dog do?

  • Love your videos as always guys, thanks. You camera work is always head and shoulders above most on utube. Thanks for the bit about editing, bow I know.

  • You two are too modest (too many two's?), I watch hundreds (a lot) of utube vids each day and you produce cracking videos. I wonder why cracking dropped out of fashion?

  • Hi . Love the vlogs. About the music you use. Where do you get it from and are there copyright rules about using it with a vlog.

  • Not been down to buggy for 30 years. they were working on it at the time, I'll be there next summer. It's the best canal in the country. Enjoying the vid's. Hope you're both keeping well.

  • Hey lets us know when you go onto the chesterfield canal, We will pop along with mr beagle aka Bertie, We also love Bugsworth although we only hire boats, Tone.

  • LOVE this video! I really appreciate the DJI aerial shots. As you did the first aerial shots of Buggy, I noticed what looked like the remnants of railroad tracks. And then you went into excellent detail of the history of the old rail line and even found historical photos to give us more information. AND risked your bike and your body to riding along the old rail bed! Just WOW!
    I also do video editing with Final Cut Provand fully realize just how much time and effort it takes to make a 20 minute video. Excellent job as ever guys! Thanks!

  • The shot of the Heron in flight…..just fabulous! Great video, gentlemen. Thank you. ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

  • That is beautiful countryside for sure. I have to ask what do narrow/wide boaters do when there is flooding. Do you all head to a certain area, can you moor up anywhere safe. And if you can't fit under a bridge are you all stuck? What happens I'm sure it is stressful. : ) peace

  • Just had an operation on my leg and I am recovering at home. Lovely way to rest is to watch your and other narrowboaters vids! Thanks for making these.

  • Loved this vid and the comment about Pat Phenix owning a Inn Yes Iโ€™m that age and loved the old Corrie St. Elsie was the best great work and look forward to your next

  • A relaxing mix of travel,views,history,plus a quick overview of the lay of the land where ever you stop. Thank you for your effort gents.

  • Love the aerial footage–green of the vegetation and the blue-black of the mirror-like water. And enjoy the comments about the industrial history.

  • Sitting on the couch across the pond on a Saturday with a cup of coffee. I'm in aw at the beautiful scenery and these awesome canals you folks have.
    One of these days I'll have to take a trip.

  • This has to be one of your best vlogs, I loved it ๐Ÿ’– …history, wildlife, beautiful green spaces and that pretty mooring…I would give it 100 ๐Ÿ‘'s ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
    Oh and the shortbread looked lush… I just made a tray of Tiffin this afternoon, ever tried that guys ? No bake, dead easy ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  • Great Vlog guys. Similar process to us with regards editing! Loved the rail history too….. Obviously.

  • It seems you really love this canal. Thanks for the vlog, as always it is enjoyable. I think I made the right choice to move to the Peak District.

  • You guys just go from strength to strength .Love the local history lessons .Humour ,interesting places ,great camera work .Look forward to your weekly vlogs .LOVE IT !

  • Me and my dad cycled the full length of the Peak forest Canal and back on Friday just gone. We decided to do it following your previous vid on that canal. Great ride, stopped off in new mills for a drink and to see the gorge. Great videos, keep up the good work. Thanks

  • My Oh My, this was one of the best video posts I have ever watched. Not only the superb camera work (as usual), but the comedy routine was so good that it reminded me of Abbot & Costello. You remember them, Abbot was the tall, thin, aloof and arrogant one who was always serious, and Costello was the short, dumpy guy who was a dimwit- but funny. In fact I think you guys have reached the pinnacle of vlogs with quality and entertainment – so I jumped over to Patreon and went up a level in my unwavering support for the best Narrowboat channel in the whole of UK. How about that?

  • Lived in England when I was young, visited again now that Iโ€™m old and didnt get a chance to do the locks before leaving. 1 thing I donโ€™t see are handicapped or disabled people enjoying the canals. Do you see many and or are they able to navigate the mechanics it takes to enjoy this style of living?

  • Great as always. I love Shaun's laugh ๐Ÿ™‚ . As an Aussie I'm curious do you have to pay a fee to use the canals or moorings, or is all free.

  • Great video, I also have one of those DJI Osmo Pocket cameras, brilliant cameras and have had it since January, and now also have a DJI Osmo Action camera too.

  • I don't really know that bit of the Peak District, now I'm going to explore all around that North East corner of Derbyshire !

  • Hi guys my Saturday treat today. Love shortbread Yummy. Great history details and the heron taking flight was excellent. Big hugs and two thumbs up๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆโค๏ธ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • Interesting to see where and how you do your editing and so on but I wonder – how much does the exporting process take form your batteries?

  • I love the history and details of all the locations and passing's. One thing I've wondered about from the beginning is the pinch-points in the canals at random points that only let one boat through. There's no indication of old bridges, Locks or crossing supports. Maybe cheap crossing for the locals to leap across? or maybe some 12' planks in the bushes for walking over? Original construction engineering requirements? If you already mentioned it in a previous Video, which one? i'll re-watch it. Or maybe you could tack it on an upcoming Vlog.

  • Happy memories thank you ! Learnt a lot as well. No idea Pat Phoenix had owned The Navigation Inn. Your research on the basin and the lime kilns is spot on. The woods or circle of trees around Buxton were planted to shield the sight of the kilns from the " posh " folk such as the Duke of Devonshire as far as I can remember.

  • Peak Forest looks like a really beautiful canal, so green and lush looking.
    You could save a days work and not do any music…..:):):)โ€ฆ..though I should add that I don't find I have to turn the sound off whilst watching your vlogs, so your day selecting the music is obviously well spentโ€ฆ..:)
    I enjoy hearing about the areas you are visiting, always interesting, perhaps you should add the time spent researching to the time each vlog takes to produce, it must add quite a bit of prep time.
    Thank you both, another excellent vlog and much appreciated on a rather warm day here.

  • Yay, I have caught up, only took 4 days because life and work got in the way.. Grrr.. Now I have to wait till Friday for my next fix! I know you have said that you intend to continuously cruise excepting for when you can't due to winter weather, now the closures are in place and people with boats are tending to sit longer in visitor or temporary moorings are you finding it harder to find somewhere for a week as living on a narrow boat has become so much more popular? (book this question for a later vlog when winter really sets in if you want to)

  • Another stunning ,funny interesting and educational vlog. you guys really set the standard. What a great location,. keep them coming.

  • Honestly, how can we put six thumbs down?
    Colin, thank you for looking for different shots, music and putting all this together for us, itโ€™s really great work
    6 thumbs down = 6 idiots very very very stupid
    Big kisses to both and a bigger one to Dillon

  • Another great vlog guys, love the look of the PFC, I had to check on map as Iโ€™m taking the dustbins on the annual canal trip next year on the four counties but I donโ€™t think the hire company will be impressed if I stay out for another week๐Ÿ‘€

    Btw Colin, what torch was that that you were using, looked supurb!

  • Thank you both, lovely vlog, and chat about the kit you use. May I ask how you get the depth of colour in your still photos you pop on Twitter? Roll on next Friday, Take care.

  • Outstanding vlog! I am fascinated by Buggy Basin, it's now on my bucket list of sites to visit. Please give Dillon a good pat on the head from us virtual gongoozlers!

  • It's a lot of bloody work to make a good video, and it shows. Another very entertaining watch, thanks guys. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • I was out of town for a few days and got home this afternoon. Salem, Oregon USA and I sat down to catch up on the things I had missed. There you were just as I expected. Thanks guys, another beautiful video.

  • Short and sweet but jam packed with beautiful scenery, excellent narrow boating and a great history lesson thrown in, nice one boys. Oh well, back to reality now!!!! ๐Ÿ‘Œ

  • How long do u intend living on the canals, and do u have a ,plan B ??? Xx, also , don't u get fed up filming for our delight, don't it take the fun out of your adventures ?? Xxx

  • Hey guys. Another great vlog – I had to come to the USA for work, Portland Oregon, but thank god that YouTube works here and I can catch up with this weekโ€™s adventures.

    I have to say, Iโ€™m not surprised it takes you so long to edit your vlogs. Of all the vlogs I subscribe to, yours is by far the most superior – I love the quality of the filming, and particularly the amazing drone footage. Colin you have an amazing eye and ear for setting the right tone with just the right music for the great footage youโ€™ve captured. I absolutely love getting lost in the spectacle of the aerial footage you have. Itโ€™s narrowboat porn – just amazing!

    Please donโ€™t get burnt out doing all the vlogs though – remember to take a break and enjoy your time afloat. I love your pieces to camera, but donโ€™t beat yourself up too hard when you get it wrong – just be yourself and leave your mishaps in.

    Anyway, looking forward to catching up with your next instalment soon. Take care, Darren xx

  • Brilliant videos Lads. I am lucky enough to work driving our little buses around the high peak area and the best bit is I sometimes have enough time between jobs to have a wander along the Peak Forest Canal. Will keep an eye out for you. I found you and your videos after wanting some info on heating systems for narrowboats. Loved it that much I'm going to do a bit of binging. Keep up the good work!

  • Thanks for the vblog. Near some of the steep tram line sections around there, are parts of the winching mechanism plus lots of metal cable. It's a lovely part of the world.

  • Hi Guys – hope you are both well. Just catching up on the last 2 vlogs as have just had a week on the Mon & Brec – very similar to the Peak Forest – very beautiful, scenic and full of history. Was much impressed with "Buggy Basin" – a true testament to what can be achieved by volunteer folks with a mission – I took a boat there in the 80's and it was totally derelict & overgrown – and it was very difficult to actually work out what was there – now it looks splendid.

  • Well, I'm afraid you lost me on the "editing a vlog" but then I'm a technophobe. Love your hoody Colin, might have to get one. Thanks again for the entertainment.

  • Hey both have just discovered your vlogs and they're great. I live overseas and don't get home much but I see you are cruising around the northwest where I am from and good to see a little bit of home. Your boat is a fantastic design, I think if I ever come back to UK I will do exactly the same as you guys. Keep up the great content. Are you going to head down south at some point as there is great cruising down that way?

  • Loving your work guys. Gotta say Iโ€™m hooked and look forward to the new vlog every week. What you present to us is both entertaining and informative. The views are spectacular. Keep up the brilliant work both of you and more camera time for Dillon.

  • Not something I would normally be interested in but the way you talk and presented the history of the place just hooked me in… Great vlog thanks

  • yeah bloody hell ive finally binge watched and caught up with you two , totally loving these videos , me and my hubby were always going to do this but we ended up getting divorced so that was that , so thanks to you two lovely gents im living my dream through you , so thankyou you videos are great and so relaxing and funny , now ive got to catch up with martin zeros videos i kinda forgot about him . thanks

  • Love the video and your explanation of your editing. Can I ask, where do you edit your music, in final cut or in logic and then import it?
    Look forward to your next vlog

    Ed

  • Wondering do you ever come further down the lanky like near Ashton down by hazlam park or maybe bridge ten witch is right from the step locks that go in to savick brook

  • Hi Guys,
    We have been watching your journey from vlog 1 over the last few weeks. Great information throughout the build of Silver Fox and we are now really enjoying your vlogs as you travel the network. We especially like your drone footage which is definitely the best that we have seen on all of the channels that we have viewed. Taking loads of notes from each episode ready for when we start our own narrowboat adventure in Spring 2020, keep up the great work and thanks again.

  • I love the fact that you talk about the history of the places you guys visit. It makes it more interesting to watch. You guys are ace and am glad you can shear your journey with us… I love dillan and the silver fox what a boat x

  • A very nice and beautiful vlog and the energy pill that I really needed right now. Thanks guys, I'm happy again ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Love all your vlogs, and have seen them all. Have to say yours stand out because of the excellent quality of filming and in particular the historical and factual detail you add, which makes them really enjoyable, and to fellow boaters gives really useful information on locations. I have to say i also love the music you add Colin. It matches up to the views beautifully. Love the hilarious moments you and Shaun share. Happy cruising nbSilver Fox!

  • Hello boys! Maybe a silly question but just out of curiosity, where do you store the bike (nice one btw)? I asked a fellow vlogger of yours why he didnโ€™t have a bicycle to move around when moored but he said it was mainly a problem with storage space. Keep up the great work and enjoy your days on water.

  • I'm well behind on the videos so having a marathon session catching up on your adventures. I loved this one, gonna have to visit Buggy Basin. Haha that was one wet doggy.

  • Hi lads top blog yet again getting better and better with every blog. Bloops make me LOL every time. Just out of curiosity how much was it to have the engine services and is I the same cost every time. Thanks Darren.

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