PRESS RELEASE: IWA Campaign Cruise to Spalding and Crowland Finally Goes Ahead

Issue date: 14th June 2016

IWA has succeeded in persuading the Environment Agency to de-silt Fulney Lock, opening up the route through Spalding and further upstream to the head of navigation on the River Welland. After two cancellations caused by the poor conditions at the lock, an IWA campaign cruise finally took place between 20th and 24th May.

The cruise highlighted the recent improvements to the River Welland, funded by the Lincolnshire Waterways Partnership as part of the Fens Waterways Link project.  Fosdyke, Spalding and Crowland are now very worthwhile destinations for slightly more intrepid boaters ahead of the rest of the Fens Waterways Link being completed.   Once the Black Sluice Navigation to River Glen connection is in place, access will be even easier.

The cruise dates were carefully planned around the spring high tides to get a sufficient water level at Fulney Lock on the outskirts of Spalding.   Cruise organiser, David Pullen (IWA East Midlands Region Chairman), said “Being able to make this long-awaited journey was a great experience and we are talking to EA about how IWA can help prevent Fulney Lock silting up again.“

There are several slipways already available on the Fens Waterways Link route for trailable boats: at Hubbert’s Bridge on the Black Sluice Navigation, at Fosdyke and Crowland on the River Welland and on the River Glen at Surfleet.  

ENDS

Photographs

“The boats approaching Fulney Lock”
“One of the boats leaving Fulney Lock”
“Rhoda Ellen and Bouncin Brass in the Welland channel, note port and starboard channel markers”

All photographs by David Pullen.  Other photographs available on request.

Press Contact

For more information please contact Alison Smedley, Press Office, The Inland Waterways Association, by emailing alison.smedley@waterways.org.uk or phoning 07779 090915.

Notes for Editors

IWA is The Inland Waterways Association, a membership charity that works to protect and restore the country's 6,500 miles of canals and rivers.  IWA is a national organisation with a network of volunteers and branches who deploy their expertise and knowledge to work constructively with navigation authorities, government and other organisations.  The Association also provides practical and technical support to restoration projects through its expert Waterway Recovery Group.
IWA - Keeping our waterways alive.
www.waterways.org.uk


Photographs

“The boats approaching Fulney Lock”
“One of the boats leaving Fulney Lock”
“Rhoda Ellen and Bouncin Brass in the Welland channel, note port and starboard channel markers”

All photographs by David Pullen.  Other photographs available on request.