May 27 2015 Latest news:
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.
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.
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.
A rare surviving wooden Joey, or day-boat, has been repaired following an appeal which raised £62,000 of charitable donations.
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.
Test your canal boating knowledge by guessing the names of these famous British aqueducts
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.
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.
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.
So you think you are a canal boating expert? Test your knowledge by guessing the names of these famous British locks
Owning a boat offers the ultimate escapism - but also some real issues for boat owners too!