Montgomery Canal Dinghy Dawdle 2011

This year’s Dinghy Dawdle on the Montgomery Canal took place on Sunday June 12th.

 

In spite of the adverse weather conditions, around thirty craft took part together with a large number of walkers .

Starting at the Weston Arm , situated a quarter of a mile below Frankton Locks and finishing at the Canal Central,

Maesbury Marsh . A relatively long paddle of over 6 miles that passes through 4 locks.

 

 

The craft assembled at the junction with the Weston Arm.

 

On leaving the Weston Arm, they were to pass the site of the breach of February 1936

which was the cause of the original closure of the canal .

 

Passing through the shallow Graham Palmer Lock. The first lock after leaving Frankton

 

They next passed over the new Perry Aqueduct, built to replace the original stone aqueduct that had been robbed

of its stone before the restoration of the canal had been sanctioned.  

 

Two miles from Frankton, the craft passed through the “Narrows” at Woodhouse.

 

At Heath Houses, Rednal , the craft then passed the building that was used by passengers from the Newtown Flyboats

on their way to catch the Train to Shrewsbury at the nearby Rednal Station.

 

Followed closely by .......Yes you’ve guest it , our two regular coracles

 

Leaving the turnover bridge at Heath Houses, the mile long Rednal Straight was tackled before

arriving at Paddlesports, Queens Head for lunch time refreshments.

 

Aston Locks, by the side of the nature reserve were next after lunch.

 

How many boats can you fit in a lock?

This was the scene at Aston Top Lock.

 

After leaving the lock they headed for Maesbury.

 

Well spread out at Maesbury as they near the finish.

 

Passing under Bridge Number 80 to the finish at Canal Central, Maesbury.

It sometimes takes a youngster to show you how it’s done.

 

Or maybe .............

 

Due to weather conditions outside, the presentation of plaques by  Waterways Manager , Wendy Capelle

who had also taken part, took place in the cafe area of Canal Central.

 

 

 

 

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