I’ve just published the October 2015 updates for our maps of canals and rivers.
Our England & Wales map is now at Issue 43 with the monthly updates. These include the changes we have identified ourselves by cruising along the canal or cycling the towpaths. They also include changes reported by other boaters, including several regular contributors, with a big thank you to them.
The Caldon Canal map is just one example which was updated after I cycled the full length of the canal, including the Leek Branch.
When you obtain a map from us you not only get the most up to date maps to start with but you the first year of updates by download are included so you can keep them up to date. A small fee (20% per year) will enable you to keep them up to date for future years too. Compare that with printed books that start to go out of date the day they go to the printers – which could be several months or even years out of date when you buy them – and where you have to pay full price again for the next issue which will already be a few months out of date by the time its printed again.
This month we have significant updates to the following maps – and it’s unlikely these updates will be in any of the printed books, and probably won’t be for some time.
On the way back from seeing progress with repainting our boat in the autumn I took up an invitation to visit Willow Wren Training. They are excavating the arm at their training centre which had been filled in many years ago. The short arm they had previously excavated had been stopped off, the fish removed, and the water pumped out.
Looking the other way, the excavation is progressing. The original walls have been found and it’s not known exactly how far the arm used to go, although old plans suggest there’s a little further to go. Careful digging will eventually reveal the end.
A public footpath crossed the arm on the level before the excavation started and the right of way has been maintained by providing a new footbridge.
Here’s Steve & Izzie Vaughan wondering how long the arm will be when the excavation reaches the end.
The style of the bridge looked familiar and Steve reminded me where I had seen it before.
It was on the Chesterfield Canal, near Staveley Basin, as Constitution Hill Bridge 11 on the open section from Chesterfield.
With Willow Wren’s bridge having six pairs of panels and Constitution Hill Bridge having four pairs of panels it looked like Willow Wren had the larger bridge, until I remembered another bridge.
On the section of the Chesterfield Canal which is still to be restored, where some work has already been undertaken, stands Renishaw Foundry Footbridge 18B. This also has six pairs of panels, the same as Willow Wren Training’s bridge, so it looks like a draw.