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1 Basingstoke Canal Trust
Generally regarded as being one of the most beautiful in the United Kingdom. This website shows how the waterway was brought back into use.
2 Birmingham Canal Navigations Society (www.bcn-society.co.uk)
The Birmingham Canal Navigations Society was originally formed as a registered charity in 1968. In 2002 The Birmingham Canal Navigations Society was reconstituted as a Company Limited by Guarantee. The Society’s original aims continue to conserve, improve and encourage a wide range of interests in the 100 mile network of Birmingham and Black Country waterways known as the BCN.
3 Cotswold Canals Trust (www.cotswoldcanals.com)
The Cotswold Canals Trust is restoring the Stroudwater Navigation and Thames & Severn Canal for the benefit of the public. This canal runs through Gloucestershire and part of Wiltshire traversing the glorious Cotswold Hills. The Trust has an active volunteer force working on several restoration projects.
4 Driffield Navigation Amenities Association (www.driffieldnavigation.co.uk)
A system of manmade canals, canalised river and navigable river including the Driffield Canal, parts of the River Hull, West Beck and Frodingham Beck. These navigable waterways north of Aike are managed by the Driffield Navigation Trust, who have almost finished works to restore navigation between the Humber and Driffield.
5 Kennet & Avon Canal Trust
The Trust has been in existence for over 40 years. It was formed to restore the, then closed, Kennet & Avon Canal from Reading to Bristol as a "through" navigation and as a public amenity. Successful fund raising, campaigning and volunteer-work over many years were rewarded when Her Majesty the Queen reopened the canal in 1990. Since then, in partnership with British Waterways and the riparian local authorities, the Trust has continued to work to safeguard and enhance the navigation. The completion of restoration was celebrated in May 2003 with a visit from HRH Prince Charles.
6 Hereford & Gloucester Canal Trust
The Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal follows an almost entirely rural course for 34 miles through the glorious countryside of Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. From the River Severn at Over it ran level to Rudford Lock, the first of ten before reaching Oxenhall Tunnel – at 2192 yards one of the longest in England. Seven more locks brought the Canal through the delightful market town of Ledbury. The Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal Trust is restoring the Canal as a navigable waterway, which, when completed, will rank as one of the most attractive cruising routes in the country.
7 Stroud Water Canal
The waterway between the rivers Thames and Severn consists of two canals which meet end on in Stroud. The first to open was the Stroudwater Canal which was build between 1775 and 1779 but was itself the third in a series of attempts to link the woollen mills of Stroud to the River Severn. It is a broad canal designed to take Severn Trow of up to 68ft in length and a beam of 15 ft. These craft could carry cargos of up to 100 tons. The Thames & Severn Canal was built between 1783 and 1789 and was a much greater engineering feat as it climbed to Sapperton Tunnel which pierced the Cotswold Scarp. The tunnel was the longest built at the time of construction but was also of one of the largest in cross section.The completion of the T&S Canal provided the first inland waterway route between London and the Midlands but the poor state of the Thames navigation upstream of Oxford was to greatly limit the success of the through route.Both the T&S Canal and the Stroudwater Navigation are the subject of restoration proposals. The Cotswold Canals Trust has spear headed the campaign for 30 years and a recent breakthrough means that the project to fully restore these canals is being backed by the Cotswold Canals Partnership, the South West Regional Development Agency, the Environment Agency and all the Local Authorities along the whole route. Various sections of the canal have been restored to full navigation including some of the flight of locks at Eastington and progress on substantial sections of the rest is expected to be rapid once the work starts.
8 Cotswold Canals Centennial Cruise
This year (2011) sees the 100th year since the last fully laden working boat travelled from Saul to Lechlade using the Stroudwater Navigation and Thames & Severn Canal, a total journey of 36 miles and 56 locks. To commemorate this fact two groups of boaters will be travelling from Saul on the 12th August this year to Lechlade.
The aim of the cruise is to commemorate the cruise of nb “Gem”, to highlight the restoration work currently underway and raise awareness of the restoration work still required to be carried out before the direct route from Saul to Lechlade can once again be open. It is our intention therefore to have as much press coverage as possible. With this in mind we plan to have a number of promotional days en route.