Turn and turn about

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HOW MANY WIND­ING HOLES are there on the canal sys­tem? Ac­cord­ing to the Canal & River Trust, there are a re­mark­able 593 places where boats can turn around. At least that’s in the­ory – but CRT wants to find out how us­able they ac­tu­ally are, and is ask­ing boaters to help.

Check the CRT web­site and you’ll find them listed, from the 77 on the Leeds & Liver­pool to the soli­tary one on the south­ern Strat­ford. But more im­por­tant than the num­bers is the state they’re in. Boaters are asked to re­port back when they’ve turned their boat around: Which wind­ing hole was it? What state were the banks in? Was it silted up? Were there over­hang­ing trees? Was it sign­posted? Did it look well-used? What max­i­mum size of boat could get around?

There’s an on­line form for fill­ing in the de­tails and the Trust aims to use the in­for­ma­tion gath­ered to up­date its records and on­line map, and to pri­ori­tise which wind­ing holes need dredg­ing. To find the list and form, go to canal­rivertrust.org.uk, fol­low the links to ‘En­joy the water­way – boat­ing’ then ‘the boat­ing blog’ then ‘Map­ping boat­ing fa­cil­i­ties and wind­ing holes’.

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