Our fears for the long-term fu­ture of Scot­land’s canals

Canal Boat - - Letters -

I RE­LO­CATED FROM a leisure moor­ing on the River Wey to a res­i­den­tial moor­ing back home on the Union Canal in Scot­land last sum­mer. ( I cruised some 250 miles, sin­gle-handed to Cheshire prior to lift-out.)

There is much to be done to the Scot­tish Low­land Canals be­fore they can be­gin to com­pare with the leisurely cruis­ing avail­able down south. Visi­tors should be aware that there is lit­tle or no avail­abil­ity of tow­path moor­ing; with a limited num­ber of pon­toon vis­i­tor moor­ings avail­able at a limited num­ber of lo­ca­tions.

All locks, bridges and the Falkirk Wheel must be pre-booked to be batched through with other traf­fic. On the plus side, these re­stric­tions mean that traf­fic is low and con­tin­u­ing to de­crease; so you are un­likely to have much traf­fic to deal with.

The Scot­tish Low­land Canals are a won­der­ful amenity at risk. As mem­bers of the Scot­tish Canals Boater’s Group, we are cam­paign­ing to en­sure that monies avail­able to Scot­tish Canals are con­cen­trated on main­tain­ing and im­prov­ing the nav­i­ga­tions. Un­less ameni­ties are im­proved we fear for the long-term fu­ture of these canals. ROBIN FRYER, via email * Don’t miss our Union Canal cruise guide on page 7

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