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Quote of the day No 299

Saturday 1 October 2016

High summer is the time when many of us take our holidays. From mid-July until the end of August we can expect, or at least hope for, warmth and sunshine and it is then that families with school-age children plan to spend some time away from home. As in other holiday places, the canals are at their busiest at this time. Some canals, however, are busier than others and certain days of the week are busier at particular spots. Many hirers have to start and finish on a Saturday, though some are able to change over on a different day. This can cause traffic jams at the first lock reached, the congestion only easing when the boats become more spaced out. We have moored below the Hurleston locks on a Saturday evening and watched boats making for the Llangollen Canal. As many are beginners, chaos ensues and we do our best to help sort it out. Similar hold-ups occur at both Foxton and Watford and at some of the narrow tunnels. It is worth remembering that pace on the canals is slow, that the canal holiday is relaxing and that there should be no hurry. Unlike the roads, most bottlenecks are in attractive places and there is a chance to chat with other boaters over a cup of tea.

David Owen - Exploring England by Canal

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