The Start of the Age of Canals

From 1760, the rivers of the British Isles were knit together, ports connected, mines served, factories provided for, by over 5,000 miles of navigable river and canal: about 900 in Ireland, the rest in Britain. The coasting trade was important; the roads carried the speeding mail-coaches, the post-chaises of the wealthy and the ponderous stages… Read More »

How The Canals Began

This is an article about canals in the age before the railways and roads took a large share in heavy goods carrying. But because these waterways are still an important part of the scheme of things, the story has been brought down to our own times. Again, it is mainly about the short and brilliant… Read More »

2017: A Boom Year For Canal Boat Holidays

Boating holidays booking agency Waterways Holidays is forecasting a boom year for narrowboat holidays in 2017. Managing director Nigel Richards said: “We have had three fantastic seasons with increases of 20%, 15% and 22% for summer 2014, 2015 and 2016, and early sales for 2017 are excellent, Not only are volumes growing, but it is… Read More »

Kennet & Avon Canal Dredging Project

The Canal & River Trust recently started work on a £1 million project to dredge sections of the 78-mile Kennet & Avon Canal. It will focus on areas where boaters are having difficulty mooring, navigating through bridges or getting stuck on the approach to locks. In total around 21,000 tonnes of silt will be removed… Read More »

Uncover the Depths of The Union Canal

Scottish Canals is providing members of the public the opportunity to find out about the engineering, wildlife and history of the Union Canal and take a look of the waterway as they have never been seen before – with no water. Included in its wide-ranging program of wintertime upkeep, the canal custodians will soon be… Read More »

A Place to Stay on the River Thames

Boater cruising along the River Thames through Oxfordshire and walkers following the Thames Path which runs alongside it can add an extra element to their rural experience. They could choose to stop for the night at The May Bush Inn at Newbridge, near the village of Standlake, where there is accommodation in a shepherd’s hut… Read More »

New Safety Checks For Canal Hire Boats

THE Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) has published its new and revised checks for boat hire to be introduced from April 2017. A complete new examination will be implemented, the vast majority of which will be the existing checks on privately owned and managed craft in private use. This follows the consultation in 2015 and the… Read More »