Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Installation of canoe portage points on the Montgomery Canal

Well, I suppose it gets boats of some sort on the Monty. When we walked a good chunk of the Montgomery Canal in the summer we came across a work party busy by a yet-to-be-made-navigable section. The towpath had already been levelled, deweeded and gritted (such a pleasure to cycle along such lengths!), and now a rubber mat was being set into the bank edge. This is to make it easier for canoeists and kayakers to get their craft in and out of the water at this designated portage point.

This was at Brynderwyn Wharf, just north of Brynderwyn Lock.

Seeing the digger so close to the edge is horribly reminiscent of the story BBC Look East told today, of a crane operator whose machine slipped into the Old Bedford River at Mepal. Sadly the crane driver, working for the Environment Agency, was trapped in his cab and died in the icy water.

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