CANALBOAT PUB OF THE YEAR
Don’t miss your last chance to vote!
Our Pub of the Year Awards 2015 were such a great success we thought we’d do them again this year – and just like last year we want you to vote for your favourites. To enter, go to canalboat.co.uk and click on the Pub of the Year tab then tell us which watering hole you’re nominating, its location and why it should win our prestigious prize: is it the beer, the food, the atmosphere, the company, the landlord/landlady? Entries will close on 2 November and we’re looking forward to hearing from you. The winner will be announced in the New Year and receive our coveted Canal Boat
Pub of the Year plaque to hang on their wall – and because we believe good things come in threes, as last year, we’ll also be selecting two runners-up who will receive one of our special plaques as well.
carried out, where it passes through a gap between the tip site and new housing on the right. A further two locks will overcome a rise in ground level here.
Leaving the colliery site behind, the new canal route enters farmland and takes an S-bend to the left, crossing to the south side of the line of the former tunnel. You can follow its approximate route via footpaths and tracks as it heads towards the M1. A final two locks will climb to a short summit, carried under the motorway in an existing farm bridge.
Beyond the bridge, the new summit level ends and the descent will be rapid. Two triple staircases (with a crossing by HS2 somewhere in the mix, if current proposals are adopted) will drop the canal into a cutting. This will merge with the old tunnel approach not far from the west portal (bricked up, with only a few yards of tunnel intact at this end).
Just beyond is the start of the existing (but as yet derelict) Norwood Locks: together with the new staircases this will one day form one of the steepest and most spectacular flights anywhere on the system – five triple staircases and a quadruple in half a mile. And beyond the bottom of the flight, another planned diversion around a housing estate built on the line in Killamarsh, will lead to the lengths currently under restoration.
Talk of diversions, new locks, opening out a length of tunnel, and building a new road bridge makes it clear that this won’t happen quickly. And speaking to senior CRT staff afterwards, it’s clear that their main interest is in carrying out their statutory inspection, not preparing for restoration. But they do point out that the first stage – reopening the quarter mile of surviving tunnel, building the first three locks, and turning Kiveton Waters into a marina (in an area with few such facilities) – might make good business sense in its own right, as well as forming the first step towards through navigation.
And with CCT’s volunteers fresh from building the new Staveley Lock and keen to try their hands at a staircase, there are ways of making it more affordable.
Perhaps there is indeed a light at the end of the tunnel...
Remains of Norwood flight: one day they will form a sequence of 19 staircase locks