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Monday 21 March

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  • All aboard for Pocklington canal trips pocklingtonpost.co.uk

    Good Friday will see the start of the 2016 season for Pocklington Canal Amenity Society’s trip boat New Horizons. The canal society’s standard 30-minute taster trips will run on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Monday and then every Sunday and Bank Holiday until the end of October....

Tuesday 8 March

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Friday 4 March

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  • Demonstrators demand action to improve 'dangerous' canal towpath in Skipton cravenherald.co.uk

    Campaigners demanding action to improve a deeply pitted and rutted section of canal towpath in Skipton made their feelings clear in a demonstration on Tuesday. Protestors waved placards before their representative, Skipton West Labour councillor Peter Madeley, was about to meet Nick Smith of the Canal and River Trust in Craven District Council's Belle Vue offices. Broughton Road residents and other nearby householders have long been pushing for improvements to a half-mile stretch of the towpath, which they say has been "impassable and dangerous" over the winter....

Tuesday 1 March

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  • Cyclist thrown in canal by thugs: I'm leaving London standard.co.uk

    A cyclist who was attacked by thugs and thrown in a canal with his bike said he is so traumatised by the vicious assault that he is moving out of London. Peter Bettell was returning home to his canal boat in Kensal Rise when a gang punched him and slashed open his jacket before pushing him into the icy water and leaving him for dead. The incident on the towpath on the Grand Union Canal in North west London is being investigated by detectives. Mr Bettell, 53, said he is taking his boat out of London and will commute to his retail job in Piccadilly following the horrific assault at 6.15pm on Tuesday....

Monday 29 February

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  • Mystery as two dogs found in Manchester canal metro.co.uk

    Police are searching for a person after two dogs were discovered in a canal. Emergency services were called to the Ashton Canal in Manchester after someone reported a dog trapped in the lock. Two dogs were pulled onto land but one died....

Tuesday 23 February

Crick Boat Show introduces tiller ‘taster’ sessions

Nervous and novice boaters are set to benefit from steering instruction at this year’s Crick Boat Show. 

Since it began in 2000 the Crick show has always had ‘get afloat’ boat trips. However, the new sessions are aimed particularly at those hankering to own a boat but anxious about how to handle it on the waterways.The lessons, each an hour long, will take place throughout the weekend and will be led by The Narrowboat Skills Centre, Willow Wren Training and Watercraft.

Each boat trainer will talk visitors through the basics of casting off, mooring up, boat etiquette and rope handling. They will break down boat jargon, as well as explaining lock navigation. Visitors will also have a chance to take the tiller themselves under the supervision of an experienced boater.

The training boats can accommodate up to four people at once but places are limited, so advance booking is recommended. Tickets are priced at £12 per person. Visit www.crickboatshow.com to book or call 01283 742970.

Andrew Denny  | 2.40pm

Friday 19 February

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  • Campaign to restore historic Leeds & Liverpool canal mileposts cravenherald.co.uk

    The Canal & River Trust is launching a major fundraising appeal to restore or replace missing mileposts along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal’s 127-mile route. The charity hopes the EveryMileCounts appeal – which coincides with the canal's 200th anniversary – will encourage dozens of local groups and individuals to adopt their local stretch of canal and its mile marker. The project is backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund, whose grant of £36,600 has supported the appointment of a new project officer, the fabrication of 40 new mile posts and a programme of activities, heritage events and art workshops....

Thursday 18 February

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  • Hayes local residents upset over 'reckless' tree destruction along canal getwestlondon.co.uk

    Upset residents say land beside the Grand Union Canal has been left looking like a “warzone” after trees were removed. A mystery contractor has spent two weeks felling trees and clearing the vegetation alongside the canal in Hayes, which is land owned by the Canal and River Trust (CRT). However the trust has denied it is uprooting trees and told Hillingdon Council a ‘third party’ was responsible, although it could not say who. David Brough, chairman of the Hayes Town Partnership, said: “People are up in arms about it. "The way the trees have just been hacked down is a piece of vandalism as far as I’m concerned....

  • HS2 plans wreck £3m Chesterfield Canal dream derbyshiretimes.co.uk

    Chesterfield Canal volunteers will demand compensation whether or not HS2 goes ahead – after missing out on almost £3 million of funding. The volunteers have already had to hand back a £400,000 grant and drop a £2.4m lottery bid because they can no longer guarantee the canal will be available for public use in the future....

Wednesday 17 February

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Tuesday 16 February

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  • Stranded canal boats moved back into water at Elland Bridge itv.com

    Canal boats which have been stranded since the Boxing Day floods have been lifted back into the water at Elland near Halifax. The barges are among 30 boats in West Yorkshire which have had to be rescued. Work can now begin to build a footbridge to carry water, gas and electricty cables. Elland Bridge is being rebuilt after being damaged in the floods and will be shut to traffic for a year....

  • Canal enthusiast rows through Lancaster Canal tunnel for first time in almost 70 years thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk

    A DINGHY manned by waterways enthusiast Colin Ogden has become the first craft to sail through the Hincaster Tunnel for nearly 70 years. The brick-lined, 345-metre-long passage on the Lancaster Canal's Northern Reaches was last used commercially in 1944. Heating engineer Mr Ogden, 62, from Burnley, completed the adventure with friends to share his enthusiasm for the waterway and to help promote its restoration....

Thursday 11 February

Floating tractor clears a blockage in Standedge Tunnel

A specialist ‘amphibious tractor’ is venturing into Standedge Tunnel to clear a blockage that built up during the recent heavy downpours that caused widespread flooding across the North of England.


The unusual work, which requires the help of a specialist mining consultant, is expected to take two days to complete.  A hydraulic bucket on the front of the amphibious dredger, known as a Truxor, will be used to clear the blockage so that boats will once again be able to navigate the 3¼ miles through the tunnel.


It is thought that during the unprecedented wet weather, approximately 8-9 cubic metres of sand, gravel and other debris were swept into the tunnel by a stream that flows into the tunnel about 250 metres from its entrance at Diggle.


Mark Weatherall, senior project manager at the Canal & River Trust, said: “Working deep underground in a tunnel on a floating dredger is quite unusual and poses many new problems.  Not only have we had to bring in specialist equipment, we’ve had to take specialist advice from a mining consultant who is experienced in confined spaces.”


The work to clear the blockage should not affect the tunnel's reopening for the 2016 summer season on 19th March.


Andrew Denny  | 11.38am | add a comment

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  • Montgomery Canal restoration bid to cost about £30 million shropshirestar.com

    The restoration of the Montgomery Canal to link Welshpool to the national network would cost £30 million, it has been revealed. A steering group including Welshpool and Llangollen town councils, Montgomery Canal Partnership, MPs and Assembly members and specialists has drawn up a plan to take the work forward. It now wants other groups with an interest in canals to support its work, and is launching a consultation which will run until March 4....

  • West Midlands CRT recruits 1,000th volunteer birminghampost.co.uk

    Birmingham's canals are enjoying a renaissance after a surge in volunteers pledging to help preserve the network. The Canal & River Trust, which was set up in 2012, has recruited its 1,000th volunteer from the West Midlands to help support work to clean-up the historic canals....

Wednesday 10 February

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  • Band of jolly volunteers clean up Worcestershire canals worcesternews.co.uk

    It’s the last day of the month-long Canal and River Trust deep clean operation along the Worcester and Birmingham Canal from Worcester to Wast Hill (near Hopwood) and the Droitwich Canal. And it’s a far cry from the day they started, said the trust’s customer operations and volunteer team leader Timothy Booker. ...

Tuesday 9 February

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  • Heartbroken owner of sunken narrowboat stunned by £25,000 donation from anonymous Samaritan mirror.co.uk

    A hero narrowboat owner who was heartbroken when it sank after smashing into a bridge was stunned after receiving a £25,000 anonymous donation from a wellwisher. The boat belonged to John Simmonds who suffers from Asperger’s and was distraught to find it submerged in the Thames at Oxford. Mr Simmonds said he had only left his £60,000 boat for half an hour to get some lunch and believed it was subject to sabotage which caused it to crash. ...

Monday 8 February

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  • Stranded Oxford narrow boat lifted from Thames by crane bbc.co.uk

    A narrow boat stranded for four days after crashing in the River Thames has finally been hoisted out the water by a crane. The Environment Agency pulled the 25-tonne boat out of the river after using a digger to clear its path. The vessel, One Old Peculiar, was one of two boats that came loose on Monday and crashed into Botley Bridge....

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