IWA Bulletin June 2012

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Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant

As part of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, a flotilla of 1000 vessels, the largest of its kind ever to assemble on the river in London, will make its way downstream on Sunday afternoon from Hammersmith Bridge to downriver of Tower Bridge on Sunday 3rd June. To ease manoeuvres the Thames Barrier will be raised to limit the outflow to a 1 mph maximum flow in an unprecedented trial.

The event will feature on a special 4 1/2 hour programme on BBC1.

In the weeks leading up to the event, participating flotilla boats have been making their way towards London to take part in rehearsal exercises and to assemble in readiness for the pageant. The inland waterways network has seen boats coming via the canals and rivers to reach London to take part in the event that was greatly oversubscribed by willing applicants from around the country.

In the days leading up to 3rd June, the Environment agency locks on the non-tidal Thames will be fully staffed to let the maximum number of boats pass through them. However, there will be the possibility of queues at some locks, especially at those nearest to Teddington – the gateway to the tidal Thames.

Please also be aware that the Port of London Authority – the navigation authority for the tidal Thames – have issued a Notice to Mariners advising that they will implement a staggered river closures during 3rd June.

The Recreational Squadron includes 40 narrow boats and 20 barges. Amongst the narrow boats will be many skippered by IWA members including our National Chairman Clive Henderson on nb Nanshe and David Powell on the steam powered President, Pat Barton on nb Quercus, Kathryn Dodington on nb Leo No 2, Rodney Wardlaw on nb Hazell Nut, Paul Ayres on nb Bream, Simon Judge on nb Scholar Gypsy, Nicholas Grundy, son of the late IWA Vice President Martin Grundy, on their family boat of many years nb Beatty, Colin Parfitt on nb Dragonfly, Christine Kemp on nb Ketura, South Wales Branch Chair Margaret Gwalter and husband John on nb Ernest as well as a host of well known members on the ex-working boat Fulbourne. Julian Garratt will be on his steam launch Ursula in the Historic Section.

Before the event the Recreational Squadron will be gathered in West India Dock near Canary Wharf over the weekend busily polishing their boats and brass and decorating them with bunting to make the most of the spectacle..

For more information, please go to the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant website or the Port of London Authority website.

See photos by Tim Lewis of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant rehearsal on 26th May.

Explore the Pageant on the BBC website.

IWA News


Himalayan Balsam Alert

Himalayan Balsam is an invasive plant (botanical name impatiens glandulifera) which was introduced to Britain in the mid 19th Century by Victorian gardeners. It is the tallest annual plant in the UK, growing to a height of over three metres. Himalayan Balsam is problematic because it crowds out native plants and can take over whole areas of river and canal bank. The seeds, up to 800 per plant, are released explosively from the seed pods and can travel for up to seven metres from the plant. If the seeds land in a stream, river or canal they will be taken downstream where they will start a new colony, which is one of the reasons this plant is so difficult to control. 

Over the last ten years this plant has become more established on many of our waterways. BW is encouraging waterway visitors to pull-up Himalayan Balsam wherever they see it, so long as they are confident of the plant’s identification.  Unlike some other invasive species, it is unlikely to regrow once pulled out of the ground, and is not generally harmful to animals as a decaying plant.  There is more useful information on the Directgov website.  it is now illegal to plant, or otherwise cause to grow, Himalayan balsam in the wild. In general, landowners letting it spread into the wild would be breaking the law, and thus are unlikely to complain about anyone pulling it up!

Identification guide: In the spring the hollow stems are pinky red with green shiny leaves. The flowers appear in June and continue until October. These are purplish pink to very pale pink (almost white) and are slipper shaped on long stalks. View full size image of himalayan balsam.
Volunteering events are being arranged in June and July on certain waterways to tackle the problem before the plants flower and release seeds. The work parties involve cutting the plants back to ground level or pulling them up from the ground and creating compost piles.

If you are interested in getting involved in one of these events, or know of an area of waterway that would benefit from a Himalayan Balsam Bashing session, please contact Alison Smedley, IWA Branch Campaign Officer by emailing alison.smedley@waterways.org.uk.


Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation – IWA Opens Campsite

IWA’s subsidiary Essex Waterways Ltd has opened up a new Camping and Caravanning Club Certificated Site at Hoe Mill Lock on the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation.  There is a flat mowed grass camping area adjacent to the car park.  The site is able to accept caravans, motorhomes or trailer-tents (membership of the Club is required for reasons of planning law), as well as tents (membership not required for tents).  There is a small toilet block with wash basin and drinking water, but no showers or other facilities.  This is a surprisingly quiet rural area for the South East, with plenty of good footpaths to explore the countryside.  Visitors who are not members of the Camping and Caravanning Club can join on the spot, from which IWA gains a commission.  IWA also has a small campsite (small tents only for walkers and canoeists – no road access) at Heybridge Lock.  Further information is available from the Essex Waterways website


Have Your Say on Canalside Recycling

IWA Stoke-on-Trent Branch and IWA Lichfield Branch have joined forces with British Waterways, The Waterways Trust, Groundwork West Midlands, Stoke City Council and some marinas in the Central Shires waterway to look at how recycling can be improved on the canal network.

A Big Lottery funding application is being developed to look into how recycling on the waterways can be encouraged. If successful, it will bring £1 million to BW's Central Shires waterways and lessons learned can be shared across the network so that recycling can be made easier for all waterway users.

BW is looking for feedback from waterway users about their current levels of recycling. They’ve developed a quick on-line questionnaire which can be filled in by boaters across the network by Sunday 10th June 2012.  The survey can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/s/YPFBDMC

For more information please see the Waterscape website

Rugeley_WP12_stumpsIWA Lichfield Branch Renovates Brindley Bank Area in Rugeley

16 community volunteers worked hard to improve the Brindley Bank area in Rugeley on Sunday 27th May, picking litter and clearing Himalayan Balsam and ivy.  Other tasks included mowing and strimming the bankside along the country moorings and cutting back bushes overgrowing the path down from the road.

The work party was part of a continuing project to improve the Brindley Bank area, by the Trent and Mersey Canal aqueduct in Rugeley.  Part of the work was to uncover the rest of the historic coal tramway which has been discovered on the site.  After much digging on a very hot day, the end of the tramway track and wharf was finally revealed.  Coal used to be transported by narrow boats to Brindley Bank and then put onto small tram carts.  These would have been taken by the tramway into Brindley Bank Pumping Station to fuel the steam engine.

The work parties, both at this site and along the canal in Rugeley Town, are lead by IWA Lichfield Branch, and supported by local volunteers including helpers from Rugeley Lions, the Landor Society, and Town Councillors. Refreshments were kindly provided by Etching Hill Women’s Institute.

For more of Margaret Beardsmore’s photos of the work party see the Picasa photo album.

Threat to Historic Pumphouse Cottage

IWA West Riding Branch is campaigning against the proposed demolition of the Halifax Canal pumphouse cottage. A planning application has been submitted for the demolition of the cottage to so as to build a pair of semi-detached dwellings and convert and extend the old pumphouse to form two apartments. The planning application 12/00453/FUL at Calderdale Council’s website
The branch, along with other interested parties, does not object to the conversion of the pumphouse from a workshop to accommodation, as that would assure its long term survival, but feels the cottage should be retained as part of a more sympathetic development.
The application to demolish the cottage was originally put in last year but was withdrawn after the Halifax Civic Trust applied to English Heritage to have the cottage listed. It was then understood that the developer had agreed to modify his plans to incorporate the cottage into the scheme. However English Heritage turned down the listing application and the planning application for demolition of the cottage has now been resubmitted. Both IWA’s branch and Halifax Civic Trust are objecting.

The pumping station is an important part of Calder & Hebble Navigation’s history. When the canal branch was built to Halifax in the 1820s, it required 14 locks. Because of opposition from mill owners all water for the arm had to be pumped up from Salterhebble via an adit. From there it flowed by gravity to a reservoir feeding the top pound where the Nestlé factory is today.

The cottage was built in the same style as the other Calder & Hebble Navigation buildings and forms an important part of the pumping station complex. The navigation company had an employee living on site as at times the pumping engine was running 24 hours a day.

After the branch was abandoned in 1942, the engine and boilers in the pumping station went for scrap and the boiler house was demolished, but the pumphouse and cottage have survived until now. Although neither building is listed, they are a feature of the Hebble Trail which follows the route of the old canal. The pumping station is situated on a loop of the Hebble Trail as it was built on the hillside above the canal.

About People

alantsmith150pxAlan T Smith MBE

We are saddened to report the death of Alan T Smith MBE, the well-known Midlands waterways campaigner, on 28th May.  Alan Smith had been involved with a wide range of waterway groups in the West Midlands since the early 1960s, particularly Staffs & Worcs Canal Society, Dudley Canal Trust and Stourbridge Navigation Trust.  He will be particularly remembered for his vigorous campaigning to save many important industrial heritage landmarks in the Black Country and further afield.  He was the founding chairman of the canal advisory panel of the fledgling Black Country Museum and founding chairman of the West Midlands Historic Building Trust in the 1980s.  He served on the Inland Waterways Amenity Advisory Council for 24 years and was appointed MBE on his retirement from the Council in 1998.


IWA Volunteering Opportunities

IWA Events Volunteering

Find out about volunteering opportunities at IWA's 2012 events www.waterways.org.uk/support_us/volunteer/event_volunteers


IWA Committee Help Wanted

Committee Member - IWA Restoration Committee

Social Secretary - IWA Great Ouse Branch (formerly Cambridge Branch)

Publicity Officer - IWA Leicestershire Branch

Secretary - IWA Leicestershire Branch

Have a look at the list of volunteer opportunities within local IWA committees. There is a full list of volunteer opportunities within IWA branches at: www.waterways.org.uk/about/vacancies/vacancies


Other News

BW win High Court Action on Home Moorings Judgement

The Honourable Mr Justice Eder in the High Court of Justice, issued a Judgement dated 9th May 2012, refusing permission for a Judicial Review of BW’s guidance for boaters without a home mooring.

As well as noting that the application from Nick Brown of the National Bargee Travellers Association was out of time, Mr Justice Eder refused permission on the grounds that ‘it does not give rise to any properly arguable basis for judicial review.’

The application for judicial review asserted that BW’s ‘Guidance for Boaters without a Home Mooring’, issued in 2011, was contrary to waterways law and was in breach of the Human Rights Act and Equality Act.

After considering the application Mr Justice Eder decided that BW’s guidance is consistent with the British Waterways Act 1995. He also stated that the assertions within the application, that the guidance represents a breach of both the Human Rights Act and Equality Act, were ‘misconceived’.

Revisions to BW’s ‘Mooring Guidance for Continuous Cruisers’ were made in 2011 following the Judgment in the BW v Davies case. BW consulted with a user group comprising of representatives from national boating organisations, including Mr Brown, on revisions to the guidelines in light of the Judgment. The refined and updated guidelines are now called ‘Guidance for Boaters without a Home Mooring’.

In refusing the application Mr Justice Eder also ordered Mr Brown to pay BW costs of £15,000.

See more information on BW mooring guidelines

Water Shortages Update

Heavy spring rains have allowed some easing of BW water restrictions.

The Grand Union Canal, from Kibworth Top Lock to Kings Lock, has reopened to navigation between 9am and 4pm daily.

Braunston Locks, have had their closing time extended by an hour until 5pm and Stoke Bruerne Locks now opens at 9.30am until 4.30pm.

Existing restrictions remain in place at Cowroast, Marsworth, Buckby and Calcutt locks on the Grand Union Main Line; Foxton and Watford on the Leicester Section; and Marston Doles and Claydon on the southern Oxford Canal.  The Aylesbury and Northampton Arms remain closed most days, with limited dates and times for opening (1st - 6th June, 29th June - 9th July and 27th July to 6th August) for the latter.

More information on the Waterscape website


CRT Update

The trustees of Canal & River Trust have published their latest progress report pulling together the recent news and developments on the road to establishing the Trust.  You can read the update on the Waterscape website.

Waterway Renaissance Awards

The Waterway Renaissance Awards where presented at a Dinner in the ICC in Birmingham on 23rd May and the Droitwich Proect won the Outstanding Achievement Award, the top award that is only awarded on very special occasions.

Other category winners were: -
Area based regeneration - Granary Wharf, Leeds
Community - Stoke-on-Trent Canals for the Community Project
Design & Construction - Peace Bridge, Londonderry
Education & Learning - Lagan Legacy
Flood Risk Management - White Cart Water Flood Prevention Scheme
Historic Environment - Mendip Restoration
Innovation - A11 Bow Riverside Footbridge & Walkway
Natural Environment - Itchin Navigation Heritage Trail
Partnership - Wallbridge Project, Stroud
Recreation & Tourism - Leeds Waterfront Festival
Stategy & Masterplanning - Edinburgh Union Canal Strategy
Volunteering - Waterways Action Squad



Buckingham Canal Restoration Takes Another Step Forward

Aylesbury Vale District Council has given planning permission for work on a stretch of the original canal at Bourton Meadow, near Home Farm. The approval means that Buckingham Canal Society will be able to reline and re-water this section of the route.

The 211-year-old waterway from Cosgrove Lock to Buckingham originally ran for a total of just under 11 miles (17.7km), and was used to transport bricks and coal before it closed down during the 1960s. Much of the canal is now dry and parts have been built over.

The Society has been carrying out work for several years with a view to getting boaters back on the canal. It is currently working on sections at the nature reserve near Hyde Lane reservoir, Cosgrove, Little Hill Farm near Thornton College and the section at Bourton Meadow.

The Society has been developing partnerships with landowners, local authorities and other organisations. In 2011 both Aylesbury Vale District Council and South Northamptonshire Council pledged their support for the restoration project and approved partnership agreements with the Society. Additional partnerships also exist with British Waterways, Buckinghamshire County Council and Buckingham Town Council.

More information about the Buckingham Canal and plans for its restoration are available from the Buckingham Canal Society's website


Basingstoke Canal

Ian Brown, Canal Director for the Basingstoke Canal Authority, has announced his forthcoming retirement at the end of June.  Hampshire County Council, of which the Authority’s staff are employees, has decided that the Canal Director’s post will be split in two, one being a ‘strategic’ role, and the other ‘operational’.  The ‘strategic’ aspects of the role are to be taken on by Phil Allen a Hampshire County Council  Countryside Department team leader who also has responsibility for the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership and other sites and partnerships across the county.  A successor for the ‘operational’ side of the post has yet to be announced.

Surrey and Hampshire County Councils have commissioned a consultancy company to create a ‘vision’ for the Basingstoke Canal, which is intended to deliver financial sustainability, propose some governance alternatives, and maximise its recreational and tourist value among other things. The main purpose of the study is to support an application for significant funding through the Heritage Lottery Fund. Surrey & Hants Canal Society and IWA’s Guildford and Reading Branch have both had sight of a first draft report and have produced a detailed set of comments.  The consultants, Planning Solutions Ltd have, as part of this brief, issued a questionnaire to be filled in by users of the Canal. All past and present users and visitors to the Basingstoke Canal are encouraged to complete this questionnaire, which is available at  www.surveymonkey.com/s/Q93CHRL.  This will help the consultants to build a picture of what visitors to the Canal have enjoyed, what they expect from it, and no less importantly, how much the waterway is valued.

Surrey & Hants Canal Society is holding a three-day Canalside Jubilee over 2nd to 4th June at Frimley Lodge Park to celebrate the 21 years since the royal re-opening of the Basingstoke Canal and Her Majesty the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, with as many boats as are able to get there, one way or the other, by water or by road. In addition to the entertainment on stage in the main arena, there will be a variety of stands and stalls, a craft marquee, fun activities for children, boat trips and a beer tent. The show will run from midday to 5.00 pm each day, with free entry.  The site, which is adjacent to the Canal, provides ample parking, toilets and a permanent café in the pavilion, plus further refreshments in the outside area. There is accommodation for camping and caravans and a permanent miniature railway. 

Further details at www.waterways.org.uk/iwa/calendar/event/view?id=314 and the Basingstoke Canal Website.

bulletin_olympicmoorings_june2012Boats in the Olympic Park

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games are looking for some boats to brighten up the Olympics site over the summer, and have offered free moorings for a limited number boats during the games.

The offer includes:

  • A pair of park tickets at a date of their choice (this is access to the park and the live site (http://www.london2012.com/join-in/live-sites/olympic-park/index.html ) but not the venues)
  • A Certificate from the Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Lord Sebastian Coe
  • Photo opportunities when the first flotilla of boats enters the park 
  • Insurance cover by LOCOG 
  • Travel expenses to and from drop off and pick up

But there will be no access to the boat from drop off to pick up. This is a totally separate mooring position within the Olympic Park, on the City Mill River not on the River Lee. These moorings are not under the control of IWA volunteers and are entirely separate to the Olympic moorings which IWA volunteers are managing for BW. The mooring dates (non-negotiable) are 25th June to 13th August (Olympics) and 13th August to 17th September (Paralympics).  Either one or both periods can be applied for. For more information please contact Jason Leach, 07810 378914


IWA Member Discounts and Special Offers

The following special offers are now available exclusively for IWA members:

  • Channel Glaze - 10% discount on double glazing for boats
  • Cotswold Outdoor - 10% discount
  • Europcar - Special hire rates to IWA members
  • Guildford Boat House- 20% discount
  • Grand Union Diesel Services - 5% discount
  • Lee Sanitation Ltd. - 10% on orders over £100
  • Midland Chandlers - 5% discount
  • Narrowboat Services - 10% discount
  • River Canal Rescue - up to 20% discount
  • RoadPro - 5% discount
  • UK Boat Hire - 15% discount on 2012 holidays
  • UltimateBerths.com - Free Listing
  • Willowbridge Marina - 10% discount on chandlery purchases and services in the yard
  • Worcester Marine Windows Ltd - 5% discount

Please note: All discounts and offers are entirely at the organisers' discretion.

To see details of how to take advantage of these offers, please go to www.waterways.org.uk/support_us/members_area/member_discounts_special_offers_public

For IWA members who receive a printed copy of this bulletin in the post, please contact the membership team on 01494 783453 for the details of the offers.


2012 Waterway Events

Cheshire Locks Awareness Day

An awareness day organised by IWA Stoke on Trent Branch is taking place on Saturday 9th June, 10am - 4pm at Lock 51 of the Trent and Mersey Canal near Church Lawton (where the A50 crosses the canal at bridge 138, parallel to Cherry Tree Avenue). 

Discover more about the project to improve the Cheshire Locks for all and find out how you can get involved with the campaign.  Attractions will include an exhibition about the campaign, a sales stand, a display of traditional canal art and a free children's activity. 

The event is intended to highlight the project to improve the duplicated locks of the Cheshire flight, and to recruit potential volunteers in preparation for some work parties to be held on the flight in July and August. 

As part of the on-going project there will be opportunities to get involved in practical work, recording and monitoring, interpretation, promotion and supervision, so come along and find out how you can get involved.  Email alison.smedley@waterways.org.uk for further information. 

National Trailboat Festival, Stroud

The 2012 Trailboat Festival is planned to take place on the Stroudwater Navigation in Gloucestershire over the weekend of 2/3/4 June. (This is actually a four-day bank holiday weekend, as 5 June is the Queen's jubilee).

The event is called “Stroud on Water”, and will also celebrate the work undertaken on phase 1a restoration of the canal, and the 40th anniversary of the Cotswold Canal Trust which is organising it.

Festival Activities include canal boat trips, live music stage, real ale bar, food and drink stalls, craft and produce stalls, childrens entertainment, Wild Over Waterways, camping available.

More information is available at Stroud on Water


Crick Boat Show

The 2012 Crick Boat Show will be a four-day show organised by British Waterways, to be held on 2nd-5th June 2012 with special celebrations for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

For more information visit the Crick Boat Show website


Beale Park Boat Show

Celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee from 8th - 10th June.

For more information see Beale Park Boat Show website

Some dates for your diary in 2012:

Jubilee Canal Festival at Etruria - West Midlands 2nd - 3rd June
IWA National Trailboat Festival 2012, Stroud - Gloucestershire 2nd - 4th June
Canalside Jubilee - Surrey 2nd - 4th June
Crick Boat Show - Northamptonshire 2nd - 5th June
Shrewsbury River Festival - Shropshire 3rd June
Stoke Bruerne Museum Gala Weekend - Northamptonshire 8th - 10th June
Stafford Boat Club Gathering - Staffordshire 8th - 10th June
Beale Park Boat Show - Berkshire
8th - 10th June
Cheshire Locks Awareness Day - Cheshire 9th June
Leicester Riverside Festival - Leicestershire 9th - 10th June
Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival - Cheshire 15th - 17th June
Droitwich Boat Gathering - Worcestershire 22nd - 25th June
Northwich River Weaver Festival - Cheshire 23rd - 24th June
Overwater Marina Safety Afloat & Family Fun Day - Cheshire 24th June
Stratford River Festival - Warwickshire 29th June - 1st July
Leeds Waterfront Festival 2012 - West Yorkshire 30th June - 1st July
Chesterfield Canal Festival - Derbyshire 30th June - 1st July
IWA Thwaite Mills Boat Gathering 2012 - West Yorkshire 30th June - 1st July
Foxton Locks Festival - Leicestershire 30th June - 1st July
York Festival of the Rivers - Yorkshire 7th - 22nd July
York 800 Flotilla - Yorkshire 7th July
Evesham River Festival - Worcestershire 6th - 8th July
Wheel 10 - Falkirk Wheel Boat Rally - Falkirk 6th - 8th July
Ware Boat Festival - Hertfordshire 6th - 8th July
Regent's Canal Festival - London 13th - 15th July
Pershore Town River Festival - Worcestershire 14th - 15th July
Newbury Waterways Festival - West Berkshire 20th - 22nd July
Bristol Harbour Festival - Bristol 20th - 22nd July
Cosgrove Canal Festival - Northamptonshire 21st - 22nd July
Audlem Festival of Transport and Gathering of Historic Boats - Cheshire 27th July
Blisworth Canal Festival - Northamptonshire 11th - 12th August
Ponty Paddle - South Wales 18th August
IWA Campaign Festival 2012, Preston - Lancashire 25th - 27th August
Red Hill Marina and Tuggyland Boat Show - Nottinghamshire 25th - 27th August
Shackerstone Family Festival - Leicestershire 1st - 2nd September
Maesbury Canal Festival - Shropshire 1st - 2nd September
Ellesmere Boat Rally - Shropshire 7th - 9th September
Slough Canal Festival - Berkshire 8th - 9th September
Whitchurch Gathering of Boats - Shropshire 15th - 16th September
RNLI Rally - Surrey 22nd - 23rd September
Village at War Weekend - Northamptonshire 28th - 30th September
Banbury Canal Day - Oxfordshire 7th October
Stourbridge Navigation Trust - Open Weekend - West Midlands 20th - 21st October
BCN Society Bonfire Rally - West Midlands 4th - 5th November

Have you got a waterway event or activity to promote? - Anyone can add details of a waterways event or activity to this area on the website. You don’t even need to register with the website or provide any sort of password. Simply use the upload event form.

See IWA's Events Calendar for 2012 waterway events. You can also search by event type or find out what's going in on your area with the map search.


Upcoming Volunteer/Clean-up Events

10th June - Lancaster Canal Cleanup (IWA North Lancs & Cumbria Branch)
Details: A clean up in preparation for the Preston Guild Canal Festival over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Those interested should turn up at the car park at Haslam Park, Blackpool Road, Preston, PR12 1JD, to start work at about 9.30am  We propose to finish about 4.30pm  Some personal protective gear will be provided (as will light refreshments during the day - but advisable to bring your own lunch) - please ensure you have suitable footwear.  We shall be working a 2-mile stretch of the canal in the city centre. 
Contact: patricia.buzzard@waterways.org.uk.

16th June - Towpath Tidy - Clapton (British Waterways)
Details: Turn your green fingers to planting wild seed, ready to bloom for the Olympics and help with finishing off the site. Meet at Clapton Rail station.
Contact: volunteer@britishwaterways.co.uk

To advertise your restoration/cleanup events in the bulletin please add details to IWA's events calendar http://www.waterways.org.uk/iwa_calendar/


Upcoming Towpath Walks

10th June - Sponsored Walk, Wey & Arun Canal (Wey & Arun Canal Trust)
Details: The Wey & Arun Canal Trust’s 40th annual sponsored walk. The Poddle's route this year will start and finish at the newly refurbished North Hall in Loxwood, West Sussex. The route winds through Ifold before joining the canal just north of Southland Lock. Here walkers will have a chance to see the progress of the Trust's latest major rebuilding effort.  From Southland the route follows the towpath to the restored Devil's Hole Lock. The whole walk is slightly over 14 miles.
Contact: Telephone 01403 752403 or email office@weyandarun.co.uk.

10th June - Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation (IWA Chelmsford Branch)
Details: Come and visit the beautiful Essex countryside as you walk along 7 miles of the Chelmer & Blackwater canal. Starting at Heybridge basin at 9:30am (Daisy Meadow Car Park) and meandering along the canal to Paper Mill Lock, arriving at approximately 12:15pm. See some of the beautiful places on the canal including; Beeleigh Lock, Hoe Mill Lock, Ulting church and possibly some wildlife along the way.
Contact: paul.strudwick@waterways.org.uk

13th June - Walk - Lapworth (IWA Warwickshire Branch)
Details: A short walk at Lapworth. The walk is expected to last about 90 minutes and you are advised to wear boots as recent weather may have made the footpaths muddy.
Contact: info.warwickshire@waterways.org.uk

15th June - Cromford Canal (IWA Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Branch)
Details: Walk along the northernmost section of the Cromford Canal, meeting at 7pm at Cromford Wharf, from where we will walk to Leawood Pumping Station and back. Leawood pumping station will be opened for us to inspect it when we arrive there. The total distance there and back is approximately 3 miles and is level.
Contact: nottsandderbys@waterways.org.uk

15th June - Market Weighton Canal (IWA East Yorkshire Branch)
Details: Meet at Broomfleet Landing at 7.00pm. Afterwards enjoy (if you wish) Fish and Chips from the local chippy in Newport.
Contact: roger.bromley@waterways.org.uk

17th June - Cromford Canal Treasure Hunt (Friends of the Cromford Canal)
Details: A 6 mile walk from Whatstandwell (DE4 5HE) following the Cromford Canal south and then visiting Fritchley, Crich Stand and returning to Whatstandwell. During the walk answer a number of questions and have the opportunity of winning a Kindle. Entry is £5 each or £10 for a family. No pre- booking required. Free parking available
Contact: matthewfcc@btinternet.com

20th June - Trent & Mersey Canal (IWA Lichfield Branch)
Details: Evening Walk at Rugeley.  A circular walk of about 2 1/2 miles including the Trent & Mersey Canal towpath.  Steps down to the canal aqueduct.  No stiles.  Dogs on leads welcome.  Meet at 6.15 for a 6.30 pm start at The Stag's Leap, Wolseley Road, Rugeley, Staffordshire, WS15 2ET.
Contact: Margaret Beardsmore on 07581 794111 or email margaret.beardsmore@waterways.org.uk

24th June - Stourbridge Canal (Broadfield House Glass Museum)
Details: Jewels on the Cut is a leisurely stroll along the along the Stourbridge Canal towpath that examines the local industries, and in particular the glass-making facilities both past and present, from the perspective of the waterway that once served them. Start time for all of the walks is 10.00am, meeting at 09.45am in Canal Street by the Bonded Warehouse.
Contact: Broadfield House on 01384 812745 or email glass.museum@dudley.gov.uk

To advertise your towpath walks in the Bulletin, please add details to IWA's events calendar http://www.waterways.org.uk/iwa_calendar/


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