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Middlewich - alternative route

11 April 2018 - 2:43pm

If the breach at Middlewich has changed your route planning, have you considered the West Cheshire Ring instead?

There's useful information from CRT on how to go about booking a passage on the Manchester Ship Canal and the River Weaver on this link.

Easter Gathering of Historic Boats at Ellesmere Port

13 December 2017 - 3:02pm

A flotilla of boats from Chester will launch the start of the weekend and boats will have the opportunity to moor in the recently opened upper basin.  The lively long weekend will include a fine folk programme combined with inspirational workshops, family and boat activities for all ages.  There will be the opportunity to have “Behind the Scenes” explorations of the boat store in Rossfield Road where the vessels raised from the top basin are being stored and worked on.

Using Paddle Gear Safely

27 June 2016 - 8:09pm

Here's a great little video showing the safe way to use lock paddles - only just over 6 minutes long but well worth a watch.

Click here, sit back and enjoy!

Hurleston bottom lock

20 August 2014 - 2:44pm

Iain MacTavish, the Club's North Wales and Border area rep, has devised a schematic reporting grid that you can download here and mark where on the brickwork your boat sticks.  Please send reports to him on Thank you!

Tell us about Winding Holes!

20 June 2014 - 9:01am

Have you spotted a winding hole that's been chained off, or now has boats permanently moored in it, or where the width's been reduced? Please let us know so we can lobby navigation authorities to try to get these vital areas improved or reinstated. HNBC carried out a joint survey with the Inland Waterways Association because both organisations are concerned about the gradual loss of these turning points.  The survey results are now being studied, but if you spot anything new, please let us know anyway by emailing

English Heritage and Canal & River Trust pilot nationwide heritage project

21 January 2014 - 5:39pm

The Canal & River Trust is partnering with English Heritage on a national pilot project which could significantly improve the way national custodians of heritage, such as the Trust, are able to look after the listed buildings and structures in their care.

A Boat Builder's Sketchbook - Special Offer to Members

4 December 2013 - 8:52am

Are you a Club member?  Buy the newly re-printed Ken Keay book from the Club Shop and pay nothing for postage and packing! 

National Historic Ships UK 2013 announces new Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Historic Vessel Conservation

16 November 2013 - 9:26am

National Historic Ships UK (NHS-UK), in conjunction with the International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC), has announced it is now able to offer a new and unique Level 3 BTEC in the Conservation of Historic Vessels.  Available from January 2014 at IBTC’s Lowestoft hub, the course has been designed to offer practical hands-on training in the specialist skills required to build and conserve traditional wooden boats.  In order to give the course the best possible start in its first year, NHS-UK are offering two £1000

IWA Work Parties

16 November 2013 - 9:20am

Fancy a bit of exercise and some fresh air with fellow canal enthusiasts?  Have a look at our calendar for details of IWA work parties - everyone welcome!

CRT Chief Executive launches wider engagement with boaters

10 November 2013 - 1:09pm

The Canal & River Trust’s new chief executive, Richard Parry, has spent his first few months in the job getting first-hand experience of the things that are central to the charity’s purpose.  “All our many users, especially boaters, are vital to the Trust,” he says, “I want to make sure we listen carefully to views from the cut and openly share our ideas and plans for the future so that we get input from those whose commitment to our waterways is greatest.”  

CRT to auction canal artefacts on eBay

24 October 2013 - 12:55pm

During November and early December the Canal & River Trust is auctioning over 100 items of waterways memorabilia.

The memorabilia came to light when a trawl to identify important canal artefacts and documents hidden away in the Trust’s yards across the South East also turned up memorabilia which may be of interest to canal lovers. None of the items have been assessed as being suitable to add to the Trust’s national collection.