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Caen Hill Locks host half term fun

YOUNG canal fans are being encouraged to head to Caen Hill Locks this half term, as the historic landmark on the Kennet & Avon Canal hosts a series of family friendly activities.  Held by...


Environment Agency appoints new lock keepers

THE Environment Agency has made four more full-time lock and weir keeper appointments to help deliver its service to boaters and boating businesses along the navigable, non-tidal River Thames. These appointments fill vacancies created...


Discovering success in the sunshine

THE Grantham Canal Discovery Day on Sunday October 9 was a great success enjoying sunny weather for most of the day. Over 700 visitors came to the event based at the Grantham Canal Society’s...


Giving a bit back

AS WORKS neared completion to reopen the Rochdale Canal following the repairs needed after last winter’s Boxing Day floods, the volunteers at the Boat Museum Society based at Ellesmere Port raised £70 from raffle...


Oxford Canal to get a winter makeover

THE Canal & River Trust has announced a programme of works aimed at improving the Oxford Canal in this winter. It can be viewed at and includes: Repairs to the historic canal walls...

Male of Great Crested Newt (Triturus cristatus). His skin's color and crest is typical for breeding time.

Rare newts spotted on Gloucestershire Canal

RARE great crested newts have been found living alongside the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal.  Ecologists from the Canal & River Trust have confirmed the sighting, which is the first report of the protected species...


Learn Afloat on the Pod

A NEW one-day course – an introduction to fused glass – will start on board nb The Pod in March 2017 on the Chesterfield Canal.  Gift vouchers are available.  For full details visit

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