News

Crick Boat Show saw a good turnout of visitors this year

Upbeat mood at Crick Boat Show 2015

A mood of optimism at this year’s Crick Boat Show saw a good turnout of visitors on the Saturday and Sunday, many exhibitors reporting good business, and several boats and boat shares sold during the weekend.

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Share the towpaths with ducks

Share the towpaths – with ducks too!

The ‘duck lanes’ which appeared on some city canal towpaths recently may have seemed like a joke – but there’s a serious message in the Canal & River Trust’s lighthearted publicity campaign: to get cyclists, joggers and other towpath users to slow down and share the available space.

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Church Minshull Marina and the businesses located there, clubbed together to raise £600 towards keeping Saturn going for future generations to enjoy.

Historic boat, Saturn, receives £600 donation

Richard Parry (centre), chief executive of the Canal & River Trust, is seen at Crick Boat Show handing over a cheque for £600 on behalf of Church Minshull Aqueduct Marina and the businesses based there, to Harry Arnold (left) of the Shropshire Union Fly-boat Restoration Society towards maintaining the historic boat Saturn, accompanied by Robert Parton (right), Director of Aqueduct Marina.

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Birchills comes back to life

Birchills comes back to life

A rare surviving wooden Joey, or day-boat, has been repaired following an appeal which raised £62,000 of charitable donations.

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Waterways

Why not try the Trent?

Why not try the Trent?

What puts boaters off cruising on the River Trent? Is it their lack of experience, perception that it’s risky, or do they just prefer the feel of the narrow canals to the wide rivers? These questions are being asked by a short online survey that aims to understand why many boaters don’t venture onto the Trent, how to encourage more boaters to give rivers a try.

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Aqueduct Quiz

Can you guess the aqueduct?

Test your canal boating knowledge by guessing the names of these famous British aqueducts

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Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis

Bird watch: 6 species to look out for on the waterways this summer

With the summer approaching, it’s not just boaters who come out to play when the sun shines – the canals are home to no end of different bird species, so much so that many waterways have been rated as nature sites at local and national levels.

Here’s a list of some of the most prevalent ones to keep an eye out for this season; some you’ll see frequently, while others can be a bit shy.

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Pubs along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal

8 of the best pubs along the Leeds & Liverpool canal

The Leeds & Liverpool canal is the lengthiest canal in Northern England at 127 miles - so you may need to stop at a couple of watering holes along the way… We’ve accumulated a list of the top pubs from Leeds to Liverpool, with great mooring points nearby to keep you going on your cruise.

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Canal Boats

This could be your view!

Looking for a holiday? Here are six top places to go both at home and away.

Whether you’re a narrowboat novice or a lock navigating expert, we’ve chosen six of our favourite locations to take a canal boating holiday across Europe.

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Can you guess the lock?

So you think you are a canal boating expert? Test your knowledge by guessing the names of these famous British locks

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Even if you’re prepared to take the loss, your boat can still cause expensive damage

Helpful hints for boat owners

Owning a boat offers the ultimate escapism - but also some real issues for boat owners too!

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Canal boat

Why do I need a galvanic isolator?

Making galvanic corrosion and galvanic isolation simple

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