A sight once common on Stoke’s canals returns this weekend as narrowboats loaded with coal moor up for the Etruria Canals Festival on Saturday 31 May and Sunday 1 June. Two boats, Aquarius and Ilford, dating from 1935 and 1912, will revive memories as they arrive with forty tons of . . . → Read More: Coal boats back in Stoke at the 21st Etruria Canals Festival.
IWA Issues New Advice on Towpath Cycling
Issue date: 16th January 2014
The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) has issued new advice on towpath cycling in response to the increase in demand for new or continuing use of canal and river towpaths as cycle routes.
IWA acknowledges the wider benefits of encouraging the population to cycle . . . → Read More: IWA Issues New Advice on Towpath Cycling
8th November 2013
After a busy summer visiting waterway festivals, attending user group meetings, speaking at stakeholder gatherings and simply listening to anyone who had a view, Richard Parry, the CEO of Canal & River Trust has come to the conclusion that “All our many users, especially boaters, are vital to the . . . → Read More: CRT’s Richard Parry outlines Plans for more effective engagement with Users
Issue Date: 22 November 2013
The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) welcomes the announcement today by the Canal & River Trust (CRT) that it has “significantly changed” its proposals to revise its business boat licence fees.
On behalf of many of its corporate members, particularly hire boat and trip boat operators and waterway societies, IWA . . . → Read More: Canal & River Trust Business Boat Licence Review
Mike Carter, chair of the Navigation Operations group reports:
We’ve been meeting for just over a year now and it’s great to be able to report, as the Chair, that the group consists of a really good cross section of extremely experienced waterway users. We have a combined total of over 310 years of inland . . . → Read More: Canal & River Trust – Navigation Operations group report
By Christmas the Trust will have completed a major, half million pound, overhaul of all water points across the network to ensure compliance with new legislation. Under this legislation, which has to be complied with by 2015 at the latest, we are classed as a Private Distribution Network and covered by tougher requirements than in . . . → Read More: Water points being upgraded to meet new legislation
The EU is trying to take away our right to use Red Diesel for leisure boats on the Inland Waterways. A petition has been set up to encourage the UK Goverment to resist this completely unnecessary change . . . → Read More: Stop the EU taking away our right to use Red Diesel for leisure boating on our Waterways
The Canal & River Trust is asking the public to help it create a one mile stretch of water vole friendly habitat on the Kennet & Avon Canal, near Pewsey.
Join the Canal & River Trust’s ecologist, Oda Dijksterhuis, on the canal bank near Pewsey next Thursday 9 August. 10.30am – 12noon.
Oda . . . → Read More: Help create a one mile stretch of water vole friendly habitat on the Kennet & Avon Canal, near Pewsey
To mark its first anniversary the Canal & River Trust is opening the doors to its three museums; National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port; Gloucester Waterways Museum and The Canal Museum at Stoke Bruerne for free, and offering visitors to Standedge Visitor Centre in Yorkshire free 30-minute boat trips into Britain’s longest canal tunnel.
In . . . → Read More: Waterway Museums and Attractions Celebrate Historic First Anniversary
The Canal & River Trust has launched a competition asking photographers to submit their pictures of the waterways which will inspire more people to visit and enjoy their local towpath or riverbank.
It’s free to enter and the person who submits the best photo, as decided by the judging panel which includes renowned waterway photographer . . . → Read More: A waterway picture says a thousand words