Canal EGRESS

Logistics and Transport
Pointboy
Posts: 287
Joined: Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:57 pm
Location: Area 8

Canal EGRESS

Post by Pointboy » Mon Mar 09, 2020 9:55 pm

Hello all,

So, I live in the centre of a city and we have some canals running through and it got me thinking, would bugging out via canal routes on canal boats be possible?

There are 2,200 miles of canals throughout the UK. Most of the canals are connected and a fair few reach the coasts. I tracked one via google earth and it lead all the way through my city and out into the country side then up into the Humber.

What are people’s thoughts on the possibilities of bugging out like this with a few people with you, and what would be required to do so?
AREA 8 we shall defend our island, what ever the cost may be,we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds,we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills, we shall never surrender.

User avatar
pseudonym
Posts: 3481
Joined: Wed Jul 27, 2011 10:11 am
Location: East Midlands

Re: Canal EGRESS

Post by pseudonym » Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:12 pm

It is a possibility, also the footpath that runs alongside could be utilised. Any maps with their routes marked would also be of benefit.

jansman
Posts: 8362
Joined: Thu Dec 30, 2010 7:16 pm

Re: Canal EGRESS

Post by jansman » Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:20 pm

Technically a brilliant idea! Yes, it is absolutely possible. However, having fished many inner city canals over about 50 years, I would want a sawn off shotgun whilst paddling through! :lol: I have encountered some real #?ucking nut jobs on towpaths down the years , so SHTF I would really be wary. As a way out of an urban area though, it is a good idea.
In three words I can sum up everything I have learned about life: It goes on.

Robert Frost.

Covid 19: After that level of weirdness ,any situation is certainly possible.

Me.

Yorkshire Andy
Posts: 4711
Joined: Thu Oct 03, 2013 4:06 pm

Re: Canal EGRESS

Post by Yorkshire Andy » Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:35 pm

Pointboy wrote:
Mon Mar 09, 2020 9:55 pm
. I tracked one via google earth and it lead all the way through my city and out into the country side then up into the Humber.

What are people’s thoughts on the possibilities of bugging out like this with a few people with you, and what would be required to do so?
And when on the Humber then what? You'd not want to navigate that on a narrow boat even on a calm days..

Then there's the transition at the head of the Aire and Calder from canal to Docks/ port to the lock gates which they do charge a fee outside specific tide times into the Ouse then to the Humber been strongly tidal and littered with sand bars good luck
If your roughing it, Your doing it wrong ;)

Lack of planning on your part doesn't make it an emergency on mine

grenfell
Posts: 2724
Joined: Thu Jul 04, 2013 7:55 pm

Re: Canal EGRESS

Post by grenfell » Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:51 pm

Not impossible i guess and living close to a canal i could perhaps make us myself. I can think of a few potential problems . If there are abandoned or sunk boats blocking the canal that's an escape done for and even if it's clear progress is slow. The speed or lack of it puts me in mind of the tv program Zomboat where a group of people try to flee a zombie apocalypse on the canals around birmingham making their escape as the zombies shuffled along thectowpaths.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10404664/

Trojanhorse
Posts: 222
Joined: Sun Nov 28, 2010 12:34 pm

Re: Canal EGRESS

Post by Trojanhorse » Tue Mar 10, 2020 12:57 pm

As above

Your are self sufficient but also trapped if canal blocked.

Though I have also thought about doing the same and know the canal paths very well around me and have a few places in mind if I had to camp out

omega man
Posts: 237
Joined: Tue Oct 28, 2014 4:02 pm

Re: Canal EGRESS

Post by omega man » Tue Mar 10, 2020 4:59 pm

They really are a nice connecting network but in my mind there are too many drawbacks for them to be a viable 'get out of dodge' option.
Not only for all the reasons already stated. LOCKS take ages to fill and drain... sometimes the water levels need adjusting over more than one lock too, or simply are out of action :(

ForgeCorvus
Posts: 2400
Joined: Fri Feb 08, 2013 11:32 pm

Re: Canal EGRESS

Post by ForgeCorvus » Tue Mar 10, 2020 7:29 pm

omega man wrote:
Tue Mar 10, 2020 4:59 pm
They really are a nice connecting network but in my mind there are too many drawbacks for them to be a viable 'get out of dodge' option.
Not only for all the reasons already stated. LOCKS take ages to fill and drain... sometimes the water levels need adjusting over more than one lock too, or simply are out of action :(
Not forgetting that using a lock incorrectly can drain the whole section.

Good routes to know though
jennyjj01 wrote:"I'm not in the least bit worried because I'm prepared: Are you?"
Londonpreppy wrote: At its core all prepping is, is making sure you're not down to your last sheet of loo roll when you really need a poo.
"All Things Strive" Gd Tak 'Gar

featherstick
Posts: 1091
Joined: Mon Feb 17, 2014 9:09 pm

Re: Canal EGRESS

Post by featherstick » Wed Mar 11, 2020 3:01 pm

Didn't one of the "Hunted" winners get out along the tow-paths at the start? They are a useful link but if you're on a towpath your options can be limited to forwards or backwards, if you're on a boat you're slow.

User avatar
diamond lil
Posts: 7387
Joined: Sat Nov 27, 2010 1:42 pm
Location: Scottish hills

Re: Canal EGRESS

Post by diamond lil » Wed Mar 11, 2020 4:26 pm

I'd think canals and riverbanks would always be a handy wee rat run if you wanted to move quietly. Just don't fall in.

Post Reply