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10 reasons to take up canoeing
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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
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We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Work to repair an historic lock on the Grand Union Canal has started this week with the aim of ensuring this popular waterway route is open in time for the August bank holiday weekend.
Although it is only a few miles long it is extremely popular with boaters, walkers and cyclists and those wanting to explore their local waterway.
Last week the wall at Buckland Lock, on the Aylesbury Arm, partially collapsed opening up a large crater along the towpath. As a result the lock, which is over 170 years old, has been closed until it can be repaired.
Opened in1839, the Aylesbury Arm is just over six miles long and is home to 16 locks and is a key destination for boaters wanting to visit the centre of Aylesbury and the waterside development at Aylesbury Basin.
Jeff Whyatt, senior waterway manager for the Canal & River Trust, said: “The Aylesbury Arm is a lovely quiet canal just off the main Grand Union Canal. Although it is only a few miles long it is extremely popular with boaters, walkers and cyclists and those wanting to explore their local waterway.
“Considering the age of the canal, problems like the one at Buckland Lock, are thankfully still extremely rare. We are getting on with the job and hope to get the canal back open quickly as we can. Fixing this problem certainly isn’t going to be cheap, we are a charity and don’t have an endless pot of money, so it is likely we will have to make the difficult decision on what slightly less urgent, but just as important repairs on other areas of the waterways can be postponed whilst we work on these emergency repairs.”
Local people sought to help care for the Grantham Canal
20 March 2018
Canal & River Trust brand
19 March 2018
Bookings now open for 2018 Canal Pairs Championship
Breach of the Middlewich Branch, Shropshire Union Canal
16 March 2018
Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
15 March 2018
Artists launch ambitious cultural programme in Worcester
12 March 2018
Fradley event gives fascinating insight into our feathered friends
We're calling for boaters to take part in our 'boat owners views survey'
9 March 2018