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dmr

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In Brum at the moment.

By the bar there is a big blue sign saying that Brum has 100 miles of canals, more than Venice (good).

and also that they link to a connected system of 2000 miles of canals (good).

and so its possible to walk or cycle all the way to Lancaster without leaving the waters edge.

So is this true?

Is this yet another example of lack of knowledge from a CRT desk jockey?

or are they correct and setting a really clever trap for complaining boaters? ๐Ÿ˜€

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18 minutes ago, dmr said:

In Brum at the moment.

By the bar there is a big blue sign saying that Brum has 100 miles of canals, more than Venice (good).

and also that they link to a connected system of 2000 miles of canals (good).

and so its possible to walk or cycle all the way to Lancaster without leaving the waters edge.

So is this true?

Is this yet another example of lack of knowledge from a CRT desk jockey?

or are they correct and setting a really clever trap for complaining boaters? ๐Ÿ˜€

Sort of. There is a right of way that follows the east bank of the Douglas down from Tarleton, but skirts around the marshy bit where it joins the Ribble. Getting on to it at Tarleton means a 1km diversion along a main road to cross the Douglas at a bridge. No right of way alongside the Savick Brook,ย  and no way of crossing the Ribble to reach it, but if you carry on walking along the south bank footpath in to Preston to get to a bridge, it is just 1km across town to the basin and you can pick up the canal towpath to Lancaster and beyond. However, these non-towpath rights of way are footpaths, not bridleways, so walking is a yes, with a few diversions, but cycling is a no without a much further from the waters edge diversion.

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Maybe we could start a new section on this forum where CRT could post the proposed wording of all signs and we could proof read and fact check them?

They could make a very small payment for this service to help the forum financesย ๐Ÿ˜€

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I doubt that many locals will worry about the cycling to Lancaster sign, but there are sign errors elsewhere which do do some damage to CRT credibility.

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9 minutes ago, Hudds Lad said:

Grrrr, Bark, Woof!

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I've already fact checked this one, my dog says it makes no sense at all. (actually she said its total bollocks but this is a family forum so I can't say that ๐Ÿ˜€)

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2 hours ago, Goliath said:

In a bar at 10.30am,ย 

Iโ€™m impressed ๐Ÿ‘

No No No, you've got your Bars all confused.

This is the Worcester bar which is a narrow bit of canal. It is right outside a sort of Bar but I don't think thats why its called a bar ๐Ÿ˜€.

Last night I went in a bar called the Flapper, which is also next to a narrow bit of canal but thats called a lock.

This evening we are going to a bar called the Craven Arms but might move on to the bar called the Flapper later.

Tomoro we will go to the Worcester Bar in the boat and then out to Alvechurch. This will involve some narrow bits of canal that are not called bars.

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