On the Ashby trail…

ASHBY CANAL

Canal Boat - - News -

YOU’LL READ a fair amount about the Crick Show in this is­sue, but it wasn’t the only im­por­tant event hap­pen­ing on the wa­ter­ways over the late spring bank hol­i­day. Some 30 miles fur­ther north-west at Moira, boats were gath­er­ing for the In­land Wa­ter­ways As­so­ci­a­tion’s Na­tional Trail­boat Fes­ti­val, held on the iso­lated re­stored length of the aban­doned north­ern reaches of the Ashby Canal.

The or­gan­is­ers reckon that the 29 vis­it­ing trail­able craft made it the high­est num­ber of boats float­ing on the north­ern reaches this cen­tury. With 3,500 vis­i­tors, 40 stalls, and en­ter­tain­ments in­clud­ing mu­sic, chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties, a duck race, il­lu­mi­nated boats and a fly-past from the Bat­tle of Bri­tain Me­mo­rial Flight, they hailed it as a very suc­cess­ful event.

More im­por­tantly for many Canal Boat read­ers with non-trail­able boats, the profit from the event will go to­wards the con­tin­ued restora­tion of the North­ern Reaches. In par­tic­u­lar, funds are be­ing raised to­wards de­sign­ing and build­ing a new aque­duct to take the canal over the Gil­wiskaw Brook. This will re­sult in a fur­ther ex­ten­sion of nav­i­ga­tion north­wards from the cur­rent limit for boats vis­it­ing from the main net­work, which is just beyond the new Bridge 62.

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