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hmallett

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  1. Another video from me, showing how the restoration has progressed over the last 6 months or so.
  2. Another video, showing the section under restoration, from the air. Looking a lot more canal-like after all the recent rain!
  3. I had a rough idea, but I found more information on the Shropshire Union Canal Society restoration pages. During the restoration, sumps are left in the blocks to facilitate pumping (work parties often start with a lot of pumping!). Because this first section is left filled, but will need to be drained to connect to the next section, the drains have been left in, with drainage pipe left in place as "chimneys", to raise them above the waterline.
  4. Dragging this thread back up, for a bit a shameless self-promotion, I walked the section being restored and you can see it on YouTube. It might help put the pictures above in context.
  5. The things that I took from the article are that (1) people like caravan park owners were phoning CRT to ask them to open the sluice. But surely as Patrick says this needs to be part of a wider strategy - CRT shouldn't be doing this just because some member of the public asks them to. Who was in control of the flooding relief on the day? And (2) the sluice is located in a building that's not theirs, that has been deemed unsafe by the council. Given that CRT aren't an emergency service, it seems a bit harsh to expect them to put their workers in known dangerous situations.
  6. It's the winding hole in Llanymynech, just to the west of bridge 92.
  7. Thanks, everyone, for your helpful replies. Certainly some food for thought. I like the sound of the Prickwillow museum!
  8. I'm hiring a narrowboat from Black Prince at Ely for a week in April. There will be four of us, all with experience on canals (but not canalised rivers) I've got an Imray guidebook of the area, but would welcome advice on where to go and spend our time.
  9. My guess would be that in order to avoid disrupting the A483 (which the canal is at the level as, and once had bridges over the canal), a lock will be added to lower the canal to pass under the road.
  10. How much more what? Obstacles? 2 miles and 4 furlongs of dry canal, and 4 dropped bridges. Money? Plenty. Time? No-one knows! I wouldn't say it's very overgrown. I would say it's consistent with a very low traffic canal! Which 2 road bridges? The A5 at Queen's Head and the A483 at Llanymynech? The towpath is great, and easily walkable right up until the last mile or two before Newtown. My understanding is that Powys will only really consider restoration or replacement of bridges once the canal is navigable as far as Powys. I can see their point. At the current rate "a
  11. I don't know. Why not ask them? On the contrary, if the restoration can be progressed as far as Llanymynech (4 miles of dry canal), then from Llanymynech the canal is in water all the way to the navigable section. Raise (or engineer around) 4 lowered bridges, do a bit of dredging and you've added another 16 miles of navigation, including Welshpool.
  12. Are you referring to the Monty? If so, it is a BW/CaRT water. They continue to maintain the non-navigable sections, such as the lock gate replacement at Carreghofa locks, plus works carried out recently on Vyrnwy aqueduct. I think that probably the biggest issue is that one group wants to be solely responsible for any section it works on. Whether WRG would want to work on a section that SUCS have been working on for several years, I don't know. Whether SUCS would want WRG to work on a section they'd already been working on for several years, I don't know. You say that since 2008 100 metr
  13. Firstly, sorry for the mega-multi-quote! As one of the volunteers doing the restoration, I'm sure we can all agree that we'd like restoration to be faster! Some background for those who don't know... From the Llangollen Canal several miles have been restored and are navigable, and have been for several years now. There is then a 1/2 mile section (from Gronwen Bridge to Redwith Bridge) which has been restored (by contractors) and was rewatered 2 or 3 years ago. It is not navigable (except to portable craft) as there is no winding at the end, and the plant growth is having time to flourish
  14. I would like to offer the Ffrwd branch of the Ellesmere Canal. I've only ever seen a few references to it in canal literature, and there's little to be seen on the ground.
  15. Maybe it's bad form to reply to your own post from 10 months ago, but... The land adjacent to the lock, which might or might not belong to BW is now for sale. http://www.reedsrains.co.uk/properties-for-sale/land-for-sale-tilston-quay-sealand-road-chester-ch1-sale-id-200337934 Never heard of it referred to as Tilston Quay before. It would be nice to think that a condition of repairing the lock could be made upon any developer, but I think that's wishful thinking!
  16. Thanks for all the answers so far. Plenty of research to be done...
  17. Hi all, I'm trying to plan a week's cruising for some time in 2012. One of our group wants to do the Leeds and Liverpool canal, but there are two areas where I could do with a little help: - We have always hired from Black Prince in the past, but they don't have any bases on (or even near) the L&L. - We normally hire for a week, and prefer to do rings if we can, but I think that would be a challenge on the L&L! So the questions are: are there any recommended hire companies on the L&L? I'm aware of Silsden boats, but don't know anything about them, or about any others on t
  18. The upper pounds do run out of water. Hopefully there's enough water in the upper pound that you don't run out though. The lower pounds usually discharge excess water into rivers or other watercourses. For keeping the summit pounds full, there's usually one or more reservoirs.
  19. Gronwen Wharf remains the limit of navigation, unless you've got a canoe, in which case you can do another half mile or so.
  20. I don't think I've ever seen it. I'll ask some people who might be more likely to know next weekend at the SUCS restoration work party.
  21. While my initial reply may have appeared a touch flippant, I often think it's the only accurate answer I can give! There is no single document or plan that I've seen that has all the answers, and when you speak to people involved in the restoration, they don't know either. Have a look at http://www.britishwaterways.co.uk/media/documents/Monty_Canal_Conservation_Management_Strategy.pdf - that's probably the most official document I've seen about the restoration plan. If you look back in time though, you'll find plenty of examples of people giving estimates for completion. They've all passed.
  22. When will it be finished? I suppose the cheeky answer is "sooner, if you help" There is about 4 miles of dry section between the current northern wet bit (at Redwith Bridge) and the northern end of the middle wet bit (at Llanymynech). The quarter-mile section at the north end of this is being worked on by volunteers from Shropshire Union Canal Society. This section was started about 2.5 years ago, and probably has a year or two to go. If you were to extrapolate that, you'd get about 64 years! Of course it's not that simple, and the honest answer is that no-one knows, because each section see
  23. I'm quite familiar with Rednal Basin. Wile in some ways it's sad to see it neglected and unusable, in reality it's not accessible by car, so has very limited scope to be used by boats I think. Besides, the railway line that goes right by it is the Wrexham - London line (I think), so I imagine it's not the quietest place on the Monty!
  24. As I'm still passing this twice a day I should really get some photos of the current state to share on here. One thing that hasn't been posted here (for those that don't know) is the Chester Canal Heritage Trust's website link - http://www.chestercanalheritagetrust.co.uk/ - they obviously pay quite a lot of attention to the Dee Branch and Taylor's Boatyard. Interesting talks they arrange too.
  25. It has been moored by the Vyrnwy Aqueduct on the Montgomery Canal for a while now. As for what it was used for, no idea!
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