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Mon Aug 12, 2019 at 11:22am
Common Flowers Along the TowpathIt's summer time, we thought it would be a great time to write about the wild flowers found on the waterways and towpaths of the UK.Rosebay Willowherb (Chamerion angustifolium)Rosebay Willowherb is a tall plant with pink flowers rising up a 1.5 meter flower spike, it flowers June to September. It's leaves are lance-like and are arranged in spiral formation up its stem.  Rosebay Willowherb was once a scarce woodland plant, but has grown in numbers as a re....
Mon Jul 15, 2019 at 1:41pm
Looking for activities to do with the family that are free and will occupy the kids, whilst also getting outdoors and away from the computer, TV and games console screens? We've got five ideas for free activities to keep the kids busy!Outdoor PlayThere are lots of games you can play with kids of all ages outside; Nature Letters; use fallen fallen leaves, twigs, berries and nuts to write the first letter of your name in giant nature letters.Make a nature bracelet, using daisies. Or a piece of car....
Tue May 28, 2019 at 12:38pm
The recent campaign by Sky News to reduce plastic waste highlights how important it is to to look after the planet and cut down on the amount of plastic we use and throw away.When John Ryley head of Sky News ate a bowl of mussels whilst in the company of his marine biologist son, who then asked him "Do you realise what you've just eaten, Dad?" he didn't bother waiting for a reply."North Sea mussels contain on average one particle of plastic per gram of tissue. They get it from the seawater which....
Sat Apr 6, 2019 at 1:47pm
Man made canals have only been in existence for around 200 years, but the challenges of crossing rivers has been there for very much longer.The humble brick canal bridge is a part of the UK canal landscape. They were built to carry paths and roads over the canals and to enable farmers to access their livestock and crops on land that had been divided up when the canals were built.Many of our canals were built at the height of the industrial revolution, and the only way of transporting heavy goods....
Tue Apr 10, 2018 at 12:58pm
Will the Proposed Daventry Canal Arm Ever Be Built?A 1.6 mile canal arm from Daventry to the Grand Union Canal near Daventry in Northamptonshire was given approval by the Daventry planning department in January 2017, However building of the new canal arm is still in doubt due to lack of funding. If funding is found the new arm could see Daventry linked up to the Grand Union Canal. It would include six locks and is hoped that it would terminate in a new waterfront development in the centre of Dav....
Tue Aug 2, 2016 at 1:35pm
Our Waterways Have a Great Deal to Offer When it Comes to Entertainment and RelaxationIf you're at a loose end this summer holiday and are looking for something to entertain the whole family, our wonderful waterways are a superb place to start!Waterways Museums and attractionsThere are lots of waterside museums and attractions open to visitors along the beautiful waterways of the United Kingdom. Many of them are run by the Canal and River Trust, and if you become a member of the CRT, you can gai....
Tue Jul 12, 2016 at 11:31am
The story of Henry’s Tow Path Bench at Whilton LocksHenryGrantham was the last lock keeper at the Whilton and Buckby Flight of locks,near Whilton Marina on the Grand Union Canal. Henry often won the ‘best keptlocks ’ award and was a well known character locally and on the canal network.His family hadworked on working canal boats, carrying cargo around the midlands and Henrygrew up working alongside his parents on their boats.  When Henry's father also called Henry (1st) an....
Wed Jun 1, 2016 at 11:26am
Looking Back At The Families Living& Working on The CanalLet’s have alook back at our inland waterways and discover more about the interestingpeople who lived and worked on our beautiful canal system during the Victorianera.Once thewaterways were built men, women and children worked long hard hours andsometimes in dangerous conditions to ensure the boats cargos reached theirdestinations. Earning a living on the canal network was not for the faint-hearted.Day To Day LifeOne area onthe c....
Wed Aug 26, 2015 at 10:20am
MOST WANTED – Destructive Foreign Species That Are DestroyingOur British WaterwaysThis is a list of the most wanted unwelcome visitors in theUK who have out stayed their visit to our British waterways. They have bulliedtheir way into our beautiful waterways and are ruining the natural habitat fornative species such as the water vole and the white-clawed crayfish to name buttwo native species that are affected by their unwelcome presence.WANTED: Chinese Mitten CrabORIGINS: Southeast AsiaWHE....
Mon Aug 4, 2014 at 1:04pm
Some North West UK Canal FactsThe Bridgewater Canal is 25 miles long and runs from Wigan to Preston Brook. There are no locks along this canal. The Bridgewater Canal was commissioned by the Third Duke of Bridgewater to carry coal from his mines at Worsely to Manchester. It was opened in 1761 and later extended from Manchester to Runcorn and from Worsley to Leigh. The canal is connected to the Manchester Ship Canal, the Rochdale Canal in Manchester, the Trent and Mersey Canal and the Leeds and Li....
Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 11:04am
The Grand Union CanalFactsThe Grand Union Canal is the longest canal in the UK at 286 miles long, and runs from London to Birmingham and it includes the 35 mile Nottingham Arm and the 42 mile Leicester Arm. The canal has several branches or Arms which include among others the Paddington Arm, the Slough Arm, the Regents Canal, Hertford Union Canal, the Leicester Navigation, Birmingham and Warwick Junction and the Aylesbury Arm.  It has over 250 locks along its route. The Grand Union Canal wa....
Tue Mar 4, 2014 at 11:19am
Oxford CanalThe Oxford Canal is a particularly scenic canal which meanders through the rural and picturesque scenery of Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire countryside. It is abundant with wildlife and scattered with pretty villages and plenty of pubs, because of this it is very popular with holiday makers and boaters. Facts The Oxford Canal is 78 miles long and links Oxford with Coventry.  It connects with the River Thames at Oxford, the Grand Union Canal at Braunston and to the....
Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 1:59pm
Whilton Marina is located on the Grand Union CanalFound just below lock 13 of the Buckby flight, near Daventry in Northamptonshire.  The Grand Union Canal stretches 137 miles in total from Birmingham to London, with arms connecting Leicester and Nottingham.  There are over 250 locks on the whole of the Grand Union line.  The Grand Union Canal is composed of at least eight seperate canals, To name a few; The Grand Union Main Line, the Leicester section, Aylesbury Arm, Slo....