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Join Maesbury Marsh archaeological dig

Join Maesbury Marsh archaeological dig

13 April 2015

A HISTORIC canal wharf, smelting house and bone manure works at Maesbury Marsh, near Oswestry, are to be the focus for a Canal & River Trust ‘Time Team’-style archaeological dig.

Working with specialists from Nexus Heritage, the Trust is hoping to attract dozens of amateur, would-be archaeologists to take part in a community excavation of this important historical canal site from Tuesday – Sunday April 21-26.

Members of the public will also be able to come and inspect their hard work at a special open day on Saturday April 25 from11am – 3pm, when they will able to speak to the archaeologists and see what treasures have been unearthed. Everyone is invited to add to the unfolding story by bringing old photographs or memorabilia of the canal wharf to the event.

 

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Spring clean for River Avon

17 April 2015

THE Canal & River Trust has appealed to Bath residents to help protect their local waterway, as the Environment Agency has been removing several abandoned cars and up to 150 shopping trolleys from the River Avon in the centre of the city.

Abandoned vehicles and other objects were identified by the Environment Agency during a recent survey of the city’s flood defences. They have to be removed because they are a hazard to navigation and reduce the effectiveness of the local flood alleviation scheme.

 

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Featured Videos

10 February 2015

Explore the beauty of the Caledonian Canal

This clip features footage from The Great Motorboat Tour in which John Boyle undertook a circumnavigation of the British Isles in his motorboat 'Shark Bay'. It covers the journey from Lossiemouth into the Caledonian Canal and the journey through Scotland's most spectacular scenery to the West Coast.

Enjoy this great 'boat's eye' view of the canal's tranquil beauty - from Inverness to Fort Augustus, across Loch Ness taking in sunshine, snow-capped peaks and ruined castles.

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CLOSING DATE: Tuesday, 21st April 2015

TPT has teamed up with Central Waterways Supplies to offer four lucky readers the chance to win a complete set of Pearson's Canal Companions worth nearly £100 per set!

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Feature Articles

Beyond the Tees Barrage

Beyond the Tees Barrage

1 April 2015

Janet Richardson visits the Canal & River Trust’s most northerly outpost

BELIEVED to be the only Canal & River Trust navigation without a narrowboat to its name, the River Tees flows for 85 miles from its source at Cross Fell in the North Pennines to reach the North Sea between Hartlepool and Redcar.
It used to be tidal for 21km (around 13 miles) until the Tees Barrage was built in the early 1990s between the industrial towns of Middlesbrough with its iconic Transporter Bridge and Stockton-on-Tees, starting point for the world’s first public railway, to protect them from flooding and the effects of tidal change.
 

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Cruises on the Chesterfield Canal

Cruises on the Chesterfield Canal

17 April 2015

THE Chesterfield Canal Trust has a programme of spring cruises from its bases along this beautiful canal.

 

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Videos

16 April 2015

EACH month we bring you a video from Whilton Marina’s About Narrowboating channel on YouTube. There are currently 56 films covering everything from Blacking a Narrowboat to Different Types of Handrails. Here is part one of a guide to the basic cruising equipment you should consider before setting out on any canal or river journey.
 

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Canal closure challenge to start of new season
£25,000 boost for Canal & River Trust
Staveley to host festival
Mon & Brec repairs finished
Nominate your volunteer of the year
Feature footbridge gets a facelift
Learn the right way to paint your boat
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