Friday, December 24, 2010

KA Boaters' update: Friday December 24, 2010


The frozen state of the canal is likely to make this notice redundant — but when the canal thaws this is the way it should be on the K&A Canal
Caen Hill Christmas Opening Times
In mid-November Christmas opening times for Caen Hill were announced but it now looks increasingly unlikely that these will have any effect on boat movements.  

The original published times had the Caen Hill Flight closed on December 28th but Waterway Manager Mark Stephens agreed to the flight being open for anyone who wants to go up or down the flight on that day — the 200th anniversary of the day when the flight was opened completing the link from Bristol through to Reading. 

However, there was no ceremony when the flight opened 200 years ago — it is said that the shareholders just had a meeting and a drink in the Bear Hotel in Devizes Market Place and unless there is a dramatic change in the weather it is likely that members of Devizes Boat Club who had planned to take boats down the flight will probably do the same. 

Caen Hill Flight (Locks 28-44)
Saturday 25 December 2010 - Monday 3 January 2011
20th to 24th December - Open as normal (8am to 4pm)
25th to 28th December - Closed: Now open on the 28th by request
29th to 31st December - Open as normal (8am to 4pm)
1st January to 3rd January - Closed.
4th January to 9th January Open as normal (8am to 4pm)

Wootton Rivers (Locks 51-54): Stoppage extended
closed until Friday 7 January 2011 
Because of sub-zero temperatures tents have been built over the locks so that they can be heated to help the lime morter to set.

Dunmill Lock (75): Delayed by one week 
Monday 17 January 2011 - Friday 11 March 2011
The start of this stoppage has been delayed a week to allow the completion of the dredging works and the transit of delayed craft from the Wootton Rivers stoppage.

Navigation Restrictions: 
Oakhill Down Lock (68) near Froxfield is now open — but by appointment only. BW staff will operate the lock at 9am and 2.30pm until futher notice. Bookings must be made at least 24 hours in advance, call Alistair Ogden on 07711 403471. (Bookings for weekend passage should be made before 12 noon on Friday.)

Between Burghfield Lock (103) and Southcote Lock (104) from Tuesday 30th November 2010 to Friday 11th February 2011 the water level will be lowered by 250mm (approx 10 inches) so that fenders can be installed on piles set below normal water level. The work is on a river section so levels be affected by changes in the river flow. Enquiries: 07920 824 310.

From the west of Hungerford at Cobblers Lock (72) to Wire Lock (76) on the eastern side of the town there could be delays of up to 30 minutes and occasional drops in the water lever for dredging and bank protection work.

Boating facilities
  • BW report that all of their pump-outs are working.
  • There is no longer rubbish disposal at Hungerford — use Kintbury or Great Bedwyn.
Enquiries to BW Devizes Office:  01380 722859

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1 comment:

  1. Keep up the good work - a very useful service.