Union Canal boating holidays?

Somethimg to look into here, the possibility of Scottish canal boating holidays.

Latest news for Monday 27 September

Flotilla will celebrate Union Canalwaterway’s 10th year heraldscotland.com

A stunning array of more than 60 modern and historic craft will journey along the Union Canal from Edinburgh Quay to the Falkirk Wheel this weekend in celebration of the 10th anniversary of its reopening. Vessels in the flotilla named Union 10 – brought together by a raft of canal societies, charities and social enterprises – will include traditional narrowboats, former fishing boats and old Edwardian steam launches. The Ratho Princess – built in 1923 – will be the oldest in the flotilla fleet making the trip along the 32-mile, 200-year-old waterway. … click for full story

Will blog later about canal boating holidays in Scotland

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Winter Opening information for winter canal boating holidyas

Winter canal boating holidays

K&A Canal: Gibson’s Boat Services – Winter Opening

Gibson’s Boat Services at Builder’s Wharf Honeystreet
Picture by Bob Naylor

Winter opening at Gibson’s Boat Services at Honeystreet on the Kennet & Avon Canal come into effect from October 1st.

They will be open Thursday to Monday from 10am to dusk or 6pm (whichever is earlier).

They will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays — except for emergencies or by prior arrangements.
All of their usual services will be available: Diesel, gas, pumpout & toilet fluids, water, & stove fuels.

You may not need these specific boat services for winter canal boating holidays but it’s useful to know what’s opening when planning canal boat holidays for October through to March. The water take on service for example is vital, and you ight just need an unplanned pump out.

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Vote For Our Rivers

Ralph Underhill, Our Rivers campaigner, said: “This is the first time people have had a chance to vote for the river which is closest to their heart.

So now people are being asked to go to the Our Rivers website and vote for the best river and worst river in England and Wales.

Visit www.ourrivers.org.uk to cast your vote before October 31

Why not vote for the river that is the best managed for canal boat holidays? The Thames, Ouse, River Avon, River Calder, Great Ouse, Medway Stour, Trent, etc ?

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KAcanalTIMES: K&A Canal restricted lock operations between Great Bedwyn and Little Bedwyn

Sunday 19 September 2010 — until further notice
Little Bedwyn Lock (67)
Because of very low water levels in the area locks 64 to 67 will only be open between 9am and 4.30pm. 

Boaters are asked to share locks to save water whenever possible.

The locks affected are Church Lock 64 at Great Bedwyn, Burnt Mill 65, Potters 66 and Little Bedwyn 67.

For more information call: 01380 722859

Probably best to aim to get through the locks before 4.00pm really. I wonder how long the low water levels will last, but at least it’s after the main canal boating holiday season.

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal to reopen for Canal Boating Holidays

Latest news for Wednesday 15 September

Leeds & Liverpool Canal to reopen waterscape.com

British Waterways is today pleased to announce the phased reopening of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal beginning this Friday 17 September, with reservoir levels in North West at a sufficient enough level to get boat traffic moving again. The stretch below Lock 51 at Barrowford to Lock 85 in Wigan will reopen on Friday, allowing boaters to travel between Barrowford and Liverpool. The remaining 20-mile section between Lock 51 at Barrowford and Lock 31 in Gargrave will reopen the following week on Wednesday 22 September. … click for full story

Good news for autumn canal boating holidays on the Leeds and Liverpool at last, and well done to all the live aboarders who survived being stranded.

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Oxford Canal Easier for Canal Boating Holidays

These new improvements to the Oxford canal bridges wil make it less daunting for beginners on canal boating holidays

Latest news for Tuesday 14 September

Single boaters given a hand on the Oxford Canal waterscape.com

British Waterways (BW) has completed a £40k bridge improvement project on the Oxford Canal. The project, to fully automate a lift bridge located near the canal side village of Thrupp, was carried out to ensure that single boaters can safely and easily operate this Grade II listed structure. Lift bridges are a well known feature along the Oxford Canal and today representatives from BW and the Inland Waterways Association will official open the newly controlled bridge known as Aubrey Lift Bridge (bridge number 221) which is the first bridge on this stretch of waterway to be electrically automated…. click for full story

There are quite a few lift bridges along the Oxford canal and also sadly some locations where these bridges have been demolished.

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Restorations good for Canal Boating Holidays

Soon the Droitwuich canal in Worcestershire will be open for navigation providing new possibilities for canal boating holidays.

Yesterday saw a boat enter the 250-year-old barge canal for the first time in 80 years. It was a symbolic act that meant the £12 million restoration of the canal in Droitwich is close to completion.

Droitwich was just one of many abandoned waterways.

The growth of the leisure industry has sparked a renewed interest in canals as increasing numbers of people opt for narrowboat holidays. The result has been restoration projects across the country with many miles of canals navigable again.

While some old canals like the Leeds and Liverpool are creaking and groaning with leaks and lack of resources for maintenance, in other parts of the country new canals are being restored, or rather old ones, so the choices will always be there for canal boat holidays on the UK inland waterways

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