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Why you should head for the Ere­wash

When did you last go to the Ere­wash? I can al­most hear a few thought pro­cesses of “where’s that, then?”... Only jok­ing. But I have a cou­ple of good rea­sons for ask­ing the ques­tion.

First, I like it (which is, of course, rea­son enough on its own to go there) and sec­ondly it has also just been re­vealed as the venue for next year’s IWA na­tional get-to­gether – and quite right, too.

Per­haps it’s be­cause it’s a dead-end, but the Ere­wash of­ten gets over­looked by boaters which is a waste. Even though it’s only 11.75 miles long, it’s a pleas­ant, at times beau­ti­ful, place to be – and don’t just take it from me, it pro­vided in­spi­ra­tion for DH Lawrence, who was born close by.

Al­though it was an ‘in­dus­trial canal’ for much of its life, it’s now green and mostly peace­ful and cer­tainly not over-boated. So here’s a date for your di­ary; the IWA’s Fes­ti­val of Wa­ter 2017 will be held at Ilke­ston (on the Ere­wash in case you’ve for­got­ten) over the Au­gust Bank Hol­i­day week­end 26-28 Au­gust.

Fi­nally, don’t for­get that we’ve just un­veiled our new mag­a­zine app. Packed with 50 is­sues of the mag­a­zine, it’s a great way to take CB with you wher­ever you go. Search for Canal Boat mag­a­zine in the App Store.

NICK WALL Ed­i­tor

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