OK, so the plan has changed. The rather ambitious plan to travel at the end of December and arrive in Furness Vale on Christmas Eve has been scrapped.
Now it would be easy to blame everything on the Barton Turn Lock, where the December planned stoppage for repair work has been extended to 19th, or 21st of December (depending on which website you believe), and this alone would have meant sitting there for one or two days. But also there would have been a knock on effect meaning we would have missed our slot through the, only occasionally open, Harecastle Tunnel, and we would have been unlikely to get passed there by Christmas eve.
|Between Loughborough and Pillings Lock|
It can still snow in March though. Hmmm.