On the Ashby trail…
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.