BOATERS’ NOTES

Canal Boat - - The Cruise Guide -

Max­i­mum di­men­sions: The Strat­ford Canal used to have a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing shal­low and hav­ing very tight locks. Al­though it is still rather less deep than some canals, there has been a con­sid­er­able amount of im­prove­ment since those days. The nar­row­est locks have also been re­built (for­mer work­ing boats of around 7ft beam can now pass), but some are still quite tight.

Lift­bridges: some re­quire a CRT Water­mate key to op­er­ate them, oth­ers are op­er­ated us­ing a wind­lass.

River Avon: boaters trav­el­ling through to or from the Avon will need an Avon Nav­i­ga­tion Trust vis­i­tor li­cence, which can be pur­chased in Strat­ford.

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