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High summer closure for key Leeds lock

A mystery leakage is set to cause a two-month midsummer closure of River Lock 1 in Leeds, the entrance lock to the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. The lock is struggling to fill, with the cause unknown, and it leaves the pound above too short of water for navigation each time it is used.  The Canal & River Trust will close the lock on 28th May, immediately after the bank holiday, and hopes to complete the repair by the end of July. Until the work begins, passage will only be available…
16 April 2024
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Generous legacy spent on another bridge

A generous legacy from a local resident is being used in restoring the historic Horseley Iron Bridge at the entrance to Braunston Marina.  Volunteers have…
17 May 2024
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Hatherton Canal gets first new lock gates in nearly 40 years.

Canal contractors the Rothen Group were recently called in to help restore a tiny part of the old Hatherton Canal. The canal was abandoned in…
17 May 2024
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Race to build a new lock gate

The south Stratford Canal had a crisis closure at the end of April, when the bottom gate of Lock 28, near Lowsonford, failed.  Upon inspection,…
16 May 2024
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North Oxford landslip cleared

The Canal & River Trust reopened the north Oxford Canal near Brinklow to navigation on 18th May, three months after a massive landslip at Easenhall…
16 May 2024
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Anderton’s sold-out ‘Steam at the Lift’

The hottest weekend of the year so far had record numbers of people flocking to the Anderton Boat Lift for the third annual ‘Steam at…
15 May 2024
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Campaigners take message to Westminster

A 20-strong flotilla, organised by the Fund Britain's Waterways campaign, delivered a noisy message to Parliament on 8th May. It was the final flourish to…
12 May 2024
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The King to continue as patron of Canal & River Trust

His Majesty King Charles III has agreed to continue his patronage of the Canal & River Trust, following a review of his responsibilities after coming…
12 May 2024
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New vision for North Walsham & Dilham Canal

The North Walsham & Dilham Canal Trust has launched a new ‘light craft’ vision in continuing its restoration work on the 8½-mile Norfolk waterway.  Rather…
01 May 2024
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Work starts on next Grantham lock

The Grantham Canal Society has begun restoring Lock 13, the penultimate lock to be rebuilt on the seven-lock Woolsthorpe flight.  When completed, it will leave…
30 April 2024
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Distillery raises canal society's spirits

A distillery near the Montgomery Canal is helping the Shropshire Union Canal Society raise funds to continue restoration of the waterway. The Oswestry-based Henstone Distillery,…
30 April 2024
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