News & Events

Find out what's happening on the inland waterways. From interesting or relevant snippets of news, to all the organised events which take place throughout the year. Find out about festivals, boat rallies, historic boat gatherings, floating markets and Canal Open Days. A regularly updated guide.

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Priory blue space blue space research by aquavista

Analysing data on each counties’ access to lakes, canals and beaches, new research by Aquavista reveals that the residents of Cornwall have more access to blue space than any other county in England. Surprisingly and thanks to its extensive canal network, the West Midlands was found to be the county with the second most access to blue space In England. The research also found a growing desire amongst British people to spend more time near blue spaces. Searches for beaches, lakes and rivers have increased dramatically year by year.
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canal habitat along towpath crt trial to encourage wildlife by changing mowing regime on towpaths

The Canal & River Trust is beginning a six-month trial looking at the benefits of changing the mowing regime along its towpaths. The trial, which starts in April, seeks to balance the needs of boaters, anglers and others accessing the water, with the benefits to wildlife and biodiversity that a change in mowing frequency will bring.
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Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash crt update on composting toilet waste disposal

The latest advice from CRT on disposal of toilet waste: If you’re considering getting a separator/compost toilet for your boat, please only do so if you have the ability to completely compost the solid waste from your toilet yourself or have access to somewhere that will do this for you. If you don’t have the ability to do this, then getting a composting/separator toilet is not the best solution for you.
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red diesel (courtesy rya) HM treasury confirm recreational boaters’ continued entitlement to red diesel

As part of the Spring Budget announcement, the Government stated that it is not changing the treatment of private pleasure craft in Great Britain where they will continue to be able to use red diesel and pay their fuel supplier the difference between the red diesel rate and the white diesel rate on the proportion they intend to use for propulsion.
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rcr bath rescue (river avon) rcr have record rate of callouts

River Canal Rescue reports the number of rescues it undertook in 2020 yet again reached a new high. Storms and lockdown restrictions were the main reasons for the unprecedented rise.   Vessels across the UK were either battered by bad weather at the start of 2020 or suffered water ingress, due to a lack of maintenance, as people struggled to get to their boats.
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Thordon Bearings help keep historic cruiser tug operational

One of the world’s oldest tugboats, the 117-year-old, steam-driven Daniel Adamson, is set to return to service offering short cruises along the River Weaver, a tributary of the fabled Mersey River in England, after the completion of a project to install new propeller shaft bearings.
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waternav rcr rcr asks boaters to trial WaterNav

River Canal Rescue has redesigned and re-launched its WaterNav app, making it freely available to all. The rescue service believes everyone should have access to the app – which allows navigation without wifi or data connection – as it improves safety and shares key information.  And in order to assist in its development, RCR is calling for all boaters to download and trial the app and give feedback.
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Tony Scott & Elliot Bromfield magnet fisher finds live grenade in Kennet & Avon Canal

A magnet fisher who caught a grenade in the Kennet and Avon Canal was given the kit he used as a Christmas present. Friends Tony Scott and Elliot Bromfield were using the equipment – which is similar to metal detecting but in water – when they pulled up the object. Elliot, who is ex-army, said he knew it was a World War Two hand grenade and they called the police immediately.
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Paul Buga Hunger Strike CRT returns unlawfully seized boat after threat of legal action

Canal & River Trust (CRT) was forced to return an unlawfully seized boat following the threat of legal action by its live-aboard owner. The charity had seized the boat, which actually had a valid licence at the time, on 6th August 2020 without obtaining a Court Order, which is unlawful if a boat is used as a home.
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crt bridge works east midland waterways to get £4m makeover

The Canal & River Trust is investing £4 million on a four-month programme of repairs on the  historic waterways of the East Midlands. They will be replacing lock gates, dredging sections of canal and carrying out a host of other tasks to keep the 200-year old network working.
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Because of Coronavirus many of these events may be cancelled. Please check with organisers. RCTA events for March April & May will be rescheduled for later in year.