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MY HOLIDAYS ON

INLAND WATERWAYS

2000 MILES CRUISING BY MOTOR BOAT AND PLEASURE SKIFF ON THE CANALS AND RIVERS OF GREAT BRITAIN

 

P. BONTHRON

MEMBER OF THE BRITISH MOTOR-BOAT CLUB

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WITH SEVENTY-FOUR ILLUSTRATIONS

AND MAP

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LONDON:

THOMAS MURBY & CO., 6, BOUVERIE STREET, EC.

 

 

 

 

 

CONTENTS

 

PAGE

INTRODUCTION

ix

ITINERARY

xi

CRUISE

   

I

ROUND THE CANALS : THE RIVER THAMES, FROM CHERTSEY TO LECHLADE

1

II

ROUND THE CANALS Continued. THE THAMES AND SEVERN, THE STROUDWATER, THE GLOUCESTER AND BERKELEY CANALS, THE RIVER SEVERN, AND HE WORCESTER AND BIRMINGHAM CANAL

7

III

ROUND THE CANALS: Continued. THE STRATFORD-ON-AVON CANAL, THE WARWICK AND BIRMINGHAM CANAL, THE WARWICK AND NAPTON CANAL, THE OXFORD CANAL, THE RIVER THAMES TO CHERTSEY

14

IV

ROUND LONDON BY MOTOR BOAT: THE REGENT'S, THE PADDINGTON, THE GRAND JUNCTION AND THE SLOUGH CANALS

24

V

ROUND THE GRAND JUNCTION AND OXFORD CANALS

29

VI

THE RIVERS LEA AND STORT

36

VII

THE GRAND SURREY CANAL

47

VIII

THE RIVER MEDWAY

49

IX

THE WOKING, ALDERSHOT AND BASINGSTOKE CANAL

54

X

THE RIVERS ROTHER AND ARUN

57

XI

THE SOURCE OF THE THAMES

67

XII

THE RIVER CHERWELL

71

XIII

THE GREAT STOUR

75

XIV

THE RIVERS AVON AND SEVERN

83

XV

THE KENNET AND AVON CANAL

94

XVI

THE GREAT OUSE

104

XVII

THE RIVER CAM

113

XVIII

LEICESTERSHIRE WATERWAYS

116

XIX

THE RIVER WYE

125

XX

THE GRANTHAM CANAL

134

XXI

THE RIVER NENE

140

XXII

THE RIVER WITHAM

149

XXIII

THE FOSSDYKE CANAL

155

XXIV

EDINBURGH TO THE CLYDE, BY THE UNION CANAL

158

XXV

THE FORTH AND CLYDE CANAL

160

XXVI

THE CALEDONIAN CANAL

164

XXVII

THE GRAND MILITARY CANAL

166

XXVIII

THE NORFOLK BROADS

170

XXIX

CANVEY ISLAND

174

XXX

THE UPPER SEVERN

179

 

 

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

INTRODUCTION

THERE has been considerable discussion at various times in and out of Parliament as to the development of our inland waterways, and the cry of '' Back to the Canals '' has aroused more than ordinary interest in this country.

My experiences, however, of canal exploration, covering some 2,000 miles by motor boat and pleasure skiff, have been undertaken purely from the pleasure point of view, and the following pages are compiled from the diaries or log books of my cruises without any pretentions to literary merit.

Given favourable weather conditions canal travelling is an ideal pastime. One passes through lovely and constantly varying scenery, with beautiful panoramas unfolding themselves at intervals; and there is always the charm of unfamiliar views.

These waterways are geographically interesting, as they lead through practically unknown country, and are left severely alone by the tourist.

As many of the canals were traversed some years hack, any intending tourists should enquire from the proper authorities, as to the navigations being open and available for boating purposes.

For any further reference I would recommend the following guides: " Bradshaw's Canals," by H. R. de Sailis; '' lnland Cruising,'' by C. Westall; and The Oarsman's Guide," and " Cruising Club Manual," by E. M. Prothero and W. A. Clark. These books will supply much useful information.

I might add that in recent times a small portable motor engine, made adjustable for fixing to row boats, has been introduced, and this mode of propulsion could he utilized for canal travelling to advantage.

Should there he any difficulty in procuring suitable row boats for any such excursion, one should communicate with Salter Bros., Oxford, who specially lay themselves out to provide and despatch craft to any part of the country.

In conclusion, I would say that in travelling through these waterways my motor boat was in a number of instances the pioneer of this class of craft

P.B.

 

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