Towlines – Events 2010

Archive of events that took place during 2010

January 19

Illustrated talk, “Horseboating into the 21st century” by Sue Day, to IWA Herts, 8pm.

Feb 16-19

Four days on the Ashton Canal, daily outings as part of the “Open for Half-Term” on behalf of Tameside Youth Service. Harnessing demo and short trip each day only for children accompanied by adults and previously booked in.

March 7

HBS AGM & Event Day at Black Country Living Museum, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 4SQ.
Please pay your entry to the museum, approx £12.00. Lunch: bring your own or buy on site.
AM: Choice of looking around the museum and/or boathorse harnessing demo at Stables.
PM: Annual General Meeting 2-4pm. Museum closes at 5pm.

Downloads: AGM 2010 Agenda  AGM 2010 Programme for the day  Chairperson’s Report Jan 2010  Minutes of 2009 AGM

March 20, 21

Shire Horse Spring Show at East of England Showground, Peterborough. Indoor show.

April 2 – 5

Easter Gathering at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port
Saturday: am Saturn Group AGM and pm HBS boathorse harnessing demo

April 22 – May 4/6

Horseboating Maria from Guidebridge on the Ashton Canal to Huddersfield and return.
EVENT DAY: Sunday April 25, legging Standedge Tunnel & “St George and the Dragon” (download details)
EVENT DAY: Monday May 3, legging Standedge Tunnel & “Horses at Work at Standedge” (download details)

Horseboating dates:
•   Thursday April 22nd: Guide Bridge to Lock 8w, Heyrod, Huddersfield Narrow Canal
•   Friday April 23rd: Lock 8w Heyrod to Lock 21w Uppermill, Saddleworth Museum
•   Saturday April 24th: no boating
•   Sunday April 25th: Saddleworth Museum, Uppermill to Diggle then legging through Standedge Tunnel to Tunnel End, Marsden, 3.24 miles, 1.00 – 3.30 pm.
Also: a guided walk for the public with the boathorse over the tunnel top, 1.00 – 3.00 pm.
•   Sunday evening April 25th: Horseboat Maria moored on public display at Tunnel End, Marsden
•   Monday April 26th: Tunnel End, Marsden to Booth Lock (31e)
•   Tuesday April 27th: Booth Lock (31e) to Slaithwaite
•   Wednesday April 28th: Slaithwaite to Huddersfield
•   Thursday April 29th: Huddersfield to Slaithwaite, lock 24e
•   Friday April 30: Slaithwaite, lock 24e to Tunnel End, Marsden
•   Saturday May 1st: Horseboat Maria moored on public display at Tunnel End, Marsden
•   Sunday May 2nd: Horseboat Maria moored on public display at Tunnel End, Marsden
•   Monday May 3rd: legging through Standedge Tunnel, 3.24 miles.
Also: a guided walk for the public with the boathorse over the tunnel top, 2.00 – 4.00 pm.
•   Horseboating down Diggle Flight to Uppermill Museum.
•   Thursday May 6th: Uppermill to Guidebridge on the Ashton Canal .

Download itinerary for this Horseboating Journey here.

May 23

Event Day at National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port. Horses and Ponies at the NWM.
Horseboating demos with Gifford, to winding hole and return. Horse and dray unloading.

June 12 – 13

Gala Weekend at National Waterways Museum, Stoke Bruerne run by the Friends of the NWM.

June 21 – 23, June 26 – 27

Horseboating to Braunston, Grand Union Canal, for Braunston Historic Boats Gathering
(provisional) Wed June 23 AM: legging Braunston Tunnel
Saturday 26: Boathorse harnessing demo in Stophouse Garden

June 26-27

IWA Chester Branch, Tom Rolt Centenary Event at Chester Wharf, Shropshire Union Canal.
Sun 27 PM: Toy Bonny on display on horseboat Gifford

July 21 – August 1st

Horseboating with Elland on the Rochdale Canal as part of the Rochdale Canal Festival.
From Manchester to the Summit for an event on August 1st at the Summit, Littleborough.
•   Wed July 21 – Castlefield to Dale Street/Piccadilly Basin ( ie Rochdale 9)
•   Thurs July 22 – no boating
•   Fri July 23 – Dale Street to Failsworth
•   Sat July 24 – at Failsworth, pm harnessing demo & leave for Rose of Lancaster
•   Sun July 25 – no boating
•   Mon July 26 – Rose of Lancaster pub, Chadderton to Slattocks
•   Tues July 27 – no boating
•   Wed July 28 – Slattocks to Littleborough
•   Thurs July 29 – no boating
•   Fri July 30 – Littleborough to the Summit
•   Sat July 31 – no boating
•   Sun August 1 – at the Summit, harnessing demo, then horseboating demo including winding
•   August 2 to 9 – no boating


Horseboating Elland from the Summit to Hebden Bridge, Rochdale Canal.
•   Tues August 10 – Elland moving from Summit to Todmorden
•   Thurs 12th – Todmorden to Hebden Bridge (please check)
•   August – passenger work with horseboat Vixen as part of Hebden Bridge 500 celebrations


Kennet and Avon Canal bi-centenary celebrations all year. HBS involvement?

September 2

Horseboating Elland to Sowerby Bridge for SB Rushbearing Festival, Sept 4/5

September 3-5

Horseboating Saturn at Maesbury Canal Festival, Montgomery Canal
Crofts Mill Lift Bridge to Redwith Bridge, approx one mile

September 10-13

HBS contribution to Heritage Open Days, a national event:
Friday: horseboating Maria from Guidebridge to Marple, via Ashton & Peak Forest Canals.
Sat and Sun: Marple Festival, and Boat Gathering
•  Monday 27 September: Maria will return from Marple to Guidebridge

September 24-26

Parkhead Canal Festival – horseboating demos on locks and using lockside pulley wheel
Event cancelled.


Horseboating Elland and Vixen from Sowerby Bridge to Standedge via Huddersfield Narrow Canal.

Download itinerary for Horseboating Elland and Vixen, October and November 2010

Horseboating Elland from Hebden Bridge to Standedge
via Rochdale Canal, Calder & Hebble Navigation, Huddersfield Broad and Huddersfield Narrow Canals
•   Sat Oct 9 – Sowerby Bridge to Salterhebble, Halifax Branch, to Elland. Horseboat Elland to Elland town!
•   Wed Oct 13 – on river, Brighouse to Cooper Bridge – with a motor tow. Lack of towing path and horse bridges for a horse. Tow from Savile, CNS boat.
•   Thur Oct 14 – Cooper Bridge to Huddersfield on the Huddersfield Broad Canal (or Sir John Ramsden’s Canal). Moor at Aspley Basin.
•   Fri Oct 15 or Sat Oct 16 – Huddersfield to Linthwaite, about lock 17E.
•   Sun Oct 17 – Linthwaite to West Slaithwaite, above lock 31E winding hole
•   ? Mon Oct 18 ? – West Slaithwaite to Standedge Visitor Centre?

Horseboating Vixen from Hebden Bridge to Standedge
via Rochdale Canal, Calder & Hebble Navigation, Huddersfield Broad and Huddersfield Narrow Canals
•   Sat Oct 23 – Hebden Bridge, passenger trips between Stubbing Wharf and Callis x 2 or 3 times at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, during Apple Day at the Stubbing Wharf pub. Family day out, fun and frolics, apple juices and real cider bar.
In the morning, Bilbo will act as a packhorse and will cross the packhorse bridge in Hebden Bridge (from which it takes its name) and do educational work there, explaining why, how, when packhorses were superseded by canal boathorses.
All part of the Hebden Bridge 500 celebrations – as the bridge was built in 1510.
•   Sun Oct 24 – Stubbing Wharf/Hebden Bridge to Mytholmroyd to Sowerby Bridge.
•   Wed Oct 27 – Sowerby Bridge to Elland to Brighouse (at Tayberg Boats).
•   Sat 30 or Sun 31 – motorboat tow on river, Brighouse to Cooper Bridge. (See Oct 13)
•   Mon Nov 1 – Cooper Bridge to Huddersfield, Aspley Basin.
•   Wed Nov 3 – Huddersfield to Slaithwaite.
•   ? Undecided date, November ? – Slaithwaite to Standedge ?

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