Canal & Waterways News and Features

Waterways News & Features about what's happening on the UK Canals and Rivers

Canal Junction has regular news updates on canal matters, progress reports on the many canal restoration and rebuilding schemes and special features about UK canals and inland waterways.

The beginning of the Llangollen Canal

This trip was a highspot for Saturn in two separate ways. It was the first she has made to Llangollen since she was a hotel boat butty behind Jupiter back in 1987 which seemed significant to us.But it also gave us a wonderful opportunity to try for some serious publicity by attempting to take her right up to Llantisilio. ...More

The influence of L.T.C.Rolt and ‘Narrow Boat’

LTC Rolt Narrowboat

The start of the centenary year of L.T.C.Rolt’s birth would seem to be an opportune moment to celebrate -- re-evaluate perhaps, certainly to reconsider his influence and impact on the whole waterways scene today.Tony considers why 'Narrow Boat' was so popular and influential, and whether Tom Rolt would be satisfied by the leisure industry that he helped to create. ...More

Frankton, an Eightieth Anniversary

Tony discovers photographs of Welsh Frankton Junction in the 1920's and considers just how much can change in a lifetime, from busy transport artery, through rural dereliction, to the most popular waterway holiday route in the country. L.T.C. Rolt discovered canals right here in the 1920's, writing the book that lead to the rebirth and restoration of canals for leisure. ...More

More Canal Art

Canals have inspired many flavours of art, from the decorative paintwork of the boats to fine art landscapes, carefully crafted drawings and illustrations, and the working architecture of bridges, bollards, paddle gear and iron guards grooved by decades of towropes. But what about the sculptural stuff that increasingly litters the towpath, does it actually add anything? ...More

Sunken Narrowboat at Crickheath

Waterways Recovery Group working on pushing the Montgomery Canal Restoration further south came upon the remains of an old boat partly embedded in a tree trunk.It was a boat which may have had an unhappy history involving a headless boatman decapitated on a Shropshire guillotine! Tony investigates. ...More

The Montgomery Canal at Berriew

The Montgomery Canal continues to amaze me. Yes, I realise that I am becoming uncomfortably obsessive about it, but its survival, conservation and future development potential just seems to sum up so many philosophical canal problems all in one place. ...More

Flyboat stable on the Shropshire Union Canal

In 1999 a volunteer work party carefully cleaned and recorded the contents of a Shropshire Union fly boat stable, due for conversion to a house, taking photographs and notes.Then they had to before dismantle as much as possible for removal to safe storage at Ellesmere Port Boat Museum. Now it is all headed for the bonfire. ...More

Leeds and Liverpool boat decoration

It still surprises me that the extraordinary decorative paintwork tradition of the Leeds and Liverpool canal is not better known, not lauded or loved more profoundly and proudly.One reason perhaps was Rolt's highly influential 'Narrow Boat', focussing on the elegeic and romantic, not the blackened coal boats driving relentlessly into industrial northern towns. ...More

A Ton-Mileage Memory

A group of volunteers have been surveying some of the buildings at Taylor's Yard, the old Shropshire Union boatyard in Chester, prior to forthcoming repairs, cleaning them out and recording any surviving items of boatyard history. ...More

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