Towlines – Events 2006

Archive of events that took place during 2006

Thursday January 5th 2006

7.30 – 8.00 pm Locks and Quays, ITV Granada region. Llangollen horsedrawn passenger boats.

Monday January 9th 2006

IWA Manchester Branch, Dukes 92, 8.00 pm: “We Destroy What We Love” by John Yates; a look at our disappearing heritage.

Thursday February 16th 2006

The Stone Building, Newbury Wharf, Newbury. 2.30 pm. Meeting of horsedrawn passenger boat operators.

Saturday February 18th 2006

Hollinwood Canal Society AGM, Taunton Sunday School, Newmarket Road, Ashton under Lyne.
Including short presentation by Sue Day: “Guidance on how Canal Restoration and Maintenance Needs to Consider Horseboating Requirements”.

Wednesday March 1st 2006

Chester Canal Heritage Trust, Mill Hotel, Chester.
8.00 pm: “Horseboating into the 21st Century” – Sue Day.

Sunday March 26th 2006

The Horseboating Society AGM and EVENT DAY.
Black Country Living Museum, Dudley. 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
See for directions
a.m. Horses, harness, boats.
1.30 pm awards.
2.00 pm the Annual General Meeting.

Tuesday April 4th 2006

Chesterfield Canal Society. “Horseboating Logistics and Problems in the 21st Century” – Sue Day.

Thursday April 13th and Friday April 14th 2006 (provisional)

From Ellesmere Port to Chester and return.
Horseboating with The Waterways Trust’s “Ilkeston” and The Boat Museum Society’s “Gifford”. Experimenting and practising the use of the block line on “Ilkeston”.

Friday April 14th to Monday April 17th 2006

Historic Boats Gathering, The Boat Museum, Ellesmere Port.

Saturday April 15th 2006

a.m. Shropshire Union Flyboat Restoration Society AGM, Tom Rolt Centre, The Boat Museum, Ellesmere Port.

Sunday April 16th 2006 (provisional)

p.m. Demonstration of use of the block line, “Ilkeston” and “Gifford”, The Boat Museum, Ellesmere Port. (See April 13th and 14th.)

Saturday April 22nd 2006

Lancaster University, Centre for NW Regional Studies. A North West Perspective of Inland Waterways Alive!
9.30 am to 4.00 pm, admission £16.
Speakers: John Fletcher, Margaret Fletcher, Sue Day, Gillian Smith.
“Waterways as Living Heritage: Horseboating in the 21st Century” – Sue Day.

Tuesday May 2nd 2006

Lymm Cruising Club Clubhouse, The Square, Lymm, Cheshire, WA13 9DA. 8.00 pm for 8.30 pm, “Horseboating into the 21st Century” – Sue Day.

Thursday May 4th to Monday May 15th 2006

Horseboating: From Guide Bridge, near Ashton under Lyne, to Huddersfield and return, via Ashton and Huddersfield Narrow Canals, with “Maria”, built 1854 (152 years old).

  • Thursday May 4th: Guide Bridge to Lock 8w, Huddersfield Narrow Canal
  • Friday May 5th: Lock 8w Heyrod to Lock 21w Uppermill
  • Sunday May 7th: Lock 21w Uppermill to Lock 32w Diggle
    then legging through Standedge Tunnel to Marsden.
    Also: walk with boathorse over tunnel top.
    Craft demonstrations organised 12.00 noon – 4.00 pm at Tunnel End, Marsden.
  • Monday May 8th: Lock 42e Marsden to Lock 21e Slaithwaite
  • Tuesday May 9th: Lock 21e Slaithwaite to Lock 1e Huddersfield
  • Wednesday May 10th: Lock 1e Huddersfield to Lock 21e Slaithwaite
  • Thursday May 11th: Lock 21e Slaithwaite to Lock 32e West Slaithwaite
  • Friday May 12th: Lock 32e West Slaithwaite to Lock 42e and Tunnel End, Marsden
  • Sunday May 14th: Tunnel End Marsden to Lock 21w Uppermill
    including legging through Standedge Tunnel to Diggle.
    Also: walk with boathorse over tunnel top.
    Craft demonstrations organised 12.00 noon – 4.00 pm at Tunnel End, Marsden.
  • Monday May 15th: Lock 21w Uppermill to Guide Bridge, Ashton Canal
    including harness demonstration at Lock 15w, Roaches Lock, as part of
    Health for Life Festival with public invited to walk beside boat.


Friday 16th to Sunday 18th June 2006

Middlewich Boat and Folk Rally.
Sunday 18th: boathorse harness demonstration (provisional).

Monday 19th to Friday 23rd June 2006

Horseboating Whitchurch to The Boat Museum, Ellesmere Port, with “Saturn”, built 1906 (centenary year). Cheese Run with the Shropshire Union Flyboat Restoration Society.

Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th June 2006

IWA Chester Boat Rally – “Saturn” and “Gifford” celebrating 100 years and 80 years respectively.

Sunday 25th June 2006

Horseboating (provisional) “Gifford”,built 1926 (80 years old).
To leave The Boat Museum as a public event, en route for the Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN), horsepowered for a mile or two, then under motor tow.

Tuesday 27th to Thursday 29th June 2006


  • Tuesday 27th June, Nantwich to Audlem (2 locks)
  • Wednesday 28th June, Audlem Locks (15 locks)
  • Thursday 29th June, Audlem top lock to top of Tyrley Locks (9 locks)


Monday 3rd to Friday 7th July 2006


  • Monday 3rd July, top of Tyrley Locks to High Offley, Anchor Inn
  • Tuesday 4th July, High Offley to Brewood
  • Wednesday 5th July, Brewood to Autherley Junction
  • Thursday 6th July, Autherley Junction to Black Country Living Museum, Dudley (21 locks)
  • Friday 7th July, Black Country Living Museum to Clayton Gathering, Oldbury


Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July 2006

Clayton’s Tarboats Gathering, Oldbury.

Sunday 9th July 2006

Tameside Canals Festival, Ashton under Lyne.
Horseboating “Maria” Ashton to Guide Bridge (2 miles, 0 locks).

Mid July to Mid August 2006 (dates to be announced)

Horseboating: Braunston to Oxford, to River Thames
August: horseboating demonstrations on River Thames, e.g. Cleeve Lock, Beale Park, Henley.

Thursday 3rd to Monday 7th August 2006

Horseboating “Maria” Ashton to Marple, then to Bugsworth Basin, and return loaded with 16 tons of limestone to celebrate the Historic Narrowboat Owners’ Club 40th anniversary.

Friday 25th to Monday 28th August 2006

IWA Diamond Jubilee National Festival, Beale Park, nr Pangbourne, Berkshire.
Harness demonstrations, waterway craft demonstrations, WOW stand, powerpoint presentations in the theatre tent. “Wind in the Willows” theme, with horseboat and horsecaravan.

Sunday 10th to Thursday 14th September 2006

World Canals Conference, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA.
Ride with Daisy and Dixey on the mule-drawn passenger boat.

Tuesday November 7th 2006

Worcester and Birmingham Canal Society, Boat and Railway pub, Stoke Works. 8.00 pm: “Horseboating into the 21st Century” – Sue Day.