Monday, 7 November 2011

Happy Mondays: Messing about in boats

What better way to start the week than by pootling along a quiet canal enjoying the autumn surroundings,which in today's case is at Oughtrington.

BBC Radio Manchester's Becky Want programme all last week came from a narrow boat going along the 39 miles (65km) of the Bridgewater canal. The canal is celebrating 250 years since the 1761 opening of its first stretch.
As Ratty said in Kenneth Grahame's 1908 classic Wind In the Willows: "There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."


  1. Our bit of the Leeds - Liverpool canal is less than 10 minute walk from my place. I have had a couple of short trips by barge over the last few weeks. I often think its incredible how old they are and with a little maintenance they are good for many years to come.

  2. I've spent a few days exploring the Ashby canal on a narrowboat... it is fun but quite hard work and probably best to do with relaxed friends, not your inlaws :-)

  3. A beautiful shot and an activity that seems so worth doing.

  4. This looks like SO MUCH fun! It is going on my bucket list.


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