Monday, 23 May 2011

Boat Gathering in Hereford

Starcross' boating activity has been somewhat constrained recently, but one event it was never going to be able to attend was the Hereford Boat Gathering held on the Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal last Sunday. Hereford wasn't connected to the national waterway network for very long. The canal reached the city in 1845, only ten years before the railway, and was already closed by 1881. Since 1983 the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal Trust has been working to restore the full 31 miles of the waterway bewteen Hereford and the River Severn at Gloucester. They are necessarily undertaking this work in small stretches as and when the opportunity arises and one such opportunity has allowed about 300 metres on the outskirts of Hereford to be made navigable once more. The Trust also took the opportunity to install a slipway  to allow small trailable boats to make use of this stretch, which it hopes to extend.
I wasn't able to attend myself - even without Starcross - but I do have some pictures "that I took earlier" that show the slipway and the challenges facing the Trust. But how ironic that as after 25 years I prepare to leave a boatless Hereford, the first boats arrive!
Aylestone Park Slipway

Looking towards the city centre from the slipway

Aylestone Tunnel is 300 metres from the slipway

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