Many people share their boating experiences through personal web pages though few combine their waterways interest with their marriage ceremony, as did Joe and Jackie Jones. A Boater's Wedding www.pagination.plus.com/wedding/ tells the story, in words and photographs, of their wedding on the Llangollen Canal. Another personal site is Penelope's World of Water www.aardvark-world.org.uk/canals featuring the Thames & Severn Canal and the Stroudwater Canal, which are supported by the Cotswold Canals Trust.
The Next Generation Boat Project http://ngbp.netfirms.com/ is a non profit making organisation operating boat trips on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal for children and young adults. Liverpool Boats www.liverpoolboats.fsnet.co.uk the well-known narrowboat builder now has a site giving boat layouts and photographs of interiors and exteriors of completed boats. Adding to the rising number of boat club sites is Watch House Cruising Club http://mysite.freeserve.com/whcc/index.html based at Stretford on the Bridgewater Canal. Stenson Lock Gates www.derbyphotos.co.uk/special/stenslockgates.htm is a page of photographs showing the replacement of these lock gates on the Trent & Mersey Canal. The progress of the work is explained and there is historical information about the canal.
When I reviewed Grand Union Canal web pages a few months ago I was not aware of the Linda Cruising Company site www.lindacruising.co.uk that features the 70 foot traditional style narrowboat Elizabeth of Glamis based at Cosgrove and offering trips on the canal.
Leeds & Liverpool Links
This month we take a look at sites along the L&L starting with the holiday hire companies. These are concentrated around Skipton in the scenic centre of the waterway. At Skipton is Pennine Cruisers www.penninecruisers.com self drive boat hire and next to their base is Pennine Boat Trips of Skipton www.canaltrips.co.uk running public trips, charters, catering afloat and educational voyages. Just a mile or so to the east is Snaygill Boats www.snaygillboats.co.uk a boatyard with hire boats and extensive moorings. The next town east is Silsden where both Black Prince Holidays www.black-prince.com and Silsden Boats www.silsdenboats.co.uk offer canal boat holidays from a common base.
The Mersey Motor Boat Club www.ukcanals.net/mmbc.html was founded in 1932. It is one of the oldest cruising clubs in the country with several moorings at the western end of the canal. Near Chorley the Wheelton Boat Club www.wheeltonboatclub.co.uk has membership open to all with an interest in waterways and provides moorings and social events. Just above the famous Bingley Five Rise locks is the home of the www.airedaleboatclub.com Airedale Boat Club offering all the usual club facilities to its members. Above Newlay Locks, at the Leeds end of the canal, is Fallwood Marina www.btinternet.com/~fallwood/ with boatyard, mooring and boat building services.
Two other L&L sites that deserve a mention are The Leeds & Liverpool Canal Society http://townsleyb.members.beeb.net/llcs/, which was formed to help promote the canal and to encourage greater understanding and appreciation of the canal's history and environment, and Ice Boats of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal www.abc.se/~m10354/mar/iceboat/niffany2.htm pages based on work by the Nautical Archaeology Society.
Site of the Month
Judging from the e-mail I receive from my web site, details about living on a boat is one of the most frequently requested areas where people have difficulty in finding information. Until recently I only knew of two sites that attempt to answer general questions on the subject. One is the Residential Boat Owners' Association www.rboa.co.uk and the other is Living Afloat in Cambridge www.geocities.com/Paris/2802/index_ukwaterways.html that features the 58 foot narrowboat St.Kilda. Now we have a new site Houseboats & Live Aboard Cruising UK www.liveaboardcruising.co.uk that helps to fill the information gap. The site covers coastal UK moorings as well as those on inland rivers and canals and has an impressively long list of companies supplying moorings. There are also some articles giving individual views of living on a boat. At the time of writing there are no articles on living on a narrowboat but contributions are requested so we may have some soon. Narrowboats are included in both the "What type of boat to choose?" and "Boats for Sale" sections. The site also has a Message Board, Features, Links, Frequently Asked Questions, Classified Ads and Wanted Ads. I assume this site is fairly new and will expand and broaden its range as it becomes more established. It certainly has a well thought out design that allows for expansion and encourages contributions.
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