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Canal News – Opening Times: Montgomery Canal

Canal News

Opening Times: Montgomery Canal

Montgomery Canal

Frankton Locks – SUMMER OPENING TIMES 2013

 Wednesday 27 March 2013 – Thursday 31 October 2013

Lock opening times 12 noon until 2pm, 7 days per week (including Bank holidays).

Bookings are required for passage through the locks.

Customers can book any day in advance but no later than 10.00am on the day of passage*

To book, please call our Northwich Office.

Please note there are no passages available without a booking or outside these hours.

To book a passage Monday-Friday, call 0303 040 4040

If you are calling on a Sat, Sun or Bank Holiday, please call 01606 786777, Option 8 (Anderton Boat Lift)

*NB Customers are advised that there are a maximum of 12 boats allowed down the locks and 12 boats allowed up the locks in any one day and booking well in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment. There is a minimum of 1 night and a maximum of 14 nights stay.

Enquiries: 0303 040 4040

Canal News – November 16th 2012

Canal News – November 16th 2012

Lock on MontgomeryCanal

View of restored lock on Montgomery Canal taken from Morrisons supermarket car park in Welshpool .  © Copyright John Firth and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Welshpool Lock open day, Montgomery Canal, 17 November 2012

Come and watch us replacing and refurbishing the gates at Welshpool Lock. If you arrive at the right time you’ll even get to see a fish rescue.

Fish rescue at Hollybank basin

We’re draining the lock so that our engineers can carry out a detailed inspection and repair the brickwork before replacing the bottom lock gates, which date back to 1973.

Come and see the stoppage works taking place as part of the overall restoration of the Montgomery Canal and you’ll have the chance to join a guided tour and walk down into a drained lock chamber.

As part of this project we’ll carry out a small-scale fish rescue. This is your chance to get close up to some of the many fish species our waterways are home to.

Powysland Museum, located next to the lock, will be open with free entry on the day. Go inside to hear talks about the heritage of the local canal network, as well as learn about local history. Refreshments will also be served here.

Dogs and children are welcome.

Time: 10am-4pm (last entry strictly 3:15pm; site closes 3:45pm)

Address: Welshpool Lock on the Montgomery Canal, Powys, SY21 7AQ

Parking: Pay & display car park at Morrisons next to the lock. Tescos car park over the bridge (charges apply)

   Hillmorton Lock 4, Oxford Canal, 18 November 2012

Come and see the work taking place on one of the busiest lock flights in the country. We’ll be draining the lock and installing commemorative lock gates.

Locklines arts project

We’re offering you the chance to descend into a drained lock chamber to get a closer look at the maintenance work taking place on this unusual twin flight on the Oxford Canal.

We’ll also install a pair of commemorative lock gates, designed by artist Peter Coates, built in our own workshops and inscribed with a poem by Roy Fisher. Make sure you don’t miss out on this historic moment.

Hillmorton Locks, Rugby, Warwickshire

The flight of locks at Hillmorton consists of three pairs, the bottom pair (here) numbered 2 and 3, then up to Nos 4 and 5, with No 6 and No 7 being the toplock pairing.  This is because of the stop lock at Hawkesbury, about sixteen miles away being allocated number one on this, the North Oxford Canal!  © Copyright Roger Kidd and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.


No pre-booking required.

Time: 10am-4pm (last entry strictly 3:15pm; site closes 3:45pm)

Location: Hillmorton Lock 4 on the Oxford Canal

Parking: Free parking is available in the car park behind Badseys Café Bistro next to the Locks

This year’s winter stoppage open day programme has been sponsored by May Gurney

Canal News – Waterways Beer Festival – Real Ale

I know that it’s ‘Canal news’ posts two days running but i couldn’t miss this one!!

Waterways Beer Festival

12 – 14 Oct 2012

Fans of real ale will be welcomed to the National Waterways Museum in October when it hosts a three day beer festival.

The festival, organised in conjunction with Titanic Brewery, will run from Friday October 12 to Sunday October 14 and will showcase a range of real ales with canal and waterways connections from across the country.

Our first beer festival last year was a great event and we’re looking forwards to repeating it. We’re busy putting together a list of great ale from the canal network, using brewers from canalside locations and classic canal towns.

Roses and Castles

The cabin of a narrowboat at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port. It shows the traditional paintwork feature (Roses and Castles) of canal narrow boats. Nobody knows the origins of the tradition but such motifs were used to decorate almost everything on the narrowboats.  © Copyright David Dixon and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

  The Museum has good public transport links, being only a few minutes signposted walk from the railway station and for groups who have organised a designated driver the museum is just off junction 9 of the M53. Moorings for the weekend are available.

Tickets are now on sale at the Museum at just £10 – which gets visitors to the festival entry to the museum, a programme and enough tokens for four pints of real ale.

The festival will be open on Friday 12 from 2pm to 11pm, Saturday 13 from 2pm to 11pm and on Sunday 14 from 2pm to 5pm.

And an added bonus on Sunday 14 October will be the homecoming ceremony of the narrowboat Ilkeston which has been on display at the London Canal Museum since August. She has been showcasing the skills and work of the museum’s Heritage Boatyard.

The Boat Museum at Ellesmere Port

As well as the collection of full-sized preserved canal boats, there were many, detailed working models being demonstrated by enthusiasts on the island between the two sets of Grade II listed locks at the National Waterways Museum.

The National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port

The National Waterways Museum is based in the historic canal docks at Ellesmere Port at the northern extremity of the Shropshire Union Canal where it enters the Manchester Ship Canal at Ellesmere Port.

 The museum site consists of the former canal port which initially linked the Shropshire Union Canal with the River Mersey (before the Ship Canal was built). The canal port consisted of a system of locks, docks and warehouses, together with a pump and engine room all of which have been preserved and used within the museum. The port was designed by Thomas Telford under the direction of William Jessop and continued to function as a working canal port until the 1950s after which it gradually became derelict until it was taken over as “the North West Museum of Inland Navigation”, later “The Boat Museum” in the 1970s. In the 1990s The Waterways Trust took on the management of the National Waterways Museum. Funding from Heritage Lottery Fund helped create new displays and improve visitor facilities.  The museum contains the largest collection of canal boats in the world.  © Copyright David Dixon and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.