Messing about on the water……

Canal trip membersSome of our Spire Support group members enjoyed a ‘grand day out’ on the Worksop Canal in July. The Chesterfield Canal Trust boat trip included a ride along the canal through 4 locks on the fully accessible  ‘Hugh Henshall’.  Canal Trust volunteers steered us through the locks, running up and down the towpath opening and closing the sluice gates and locks……keeping us all entertained! (pictured right)volunteers opening the locks

During the boat trip Sandy, one of the Canal Trust volunteers, explained a little about the history of the canal and the building of the boat, and then passed around a nail and piece of wood, so that we could learn about how the boat was made (pictures below left and right).

nail and wood demoThe group returned back to dry land for a meal at the Lockkeepers Inn, and a chance for everyone to talk about the canal boat cruise, Margaret said “I really enjoyed the boat trip as I’ve never done that before”.

Canal boat trip

Due to the success of this first canal trip, Maureen has organised for further Canal boat trips in other canal areas, in August and September, with our Clay Cross and Dronfield groups – we hope they enjoy the day as much as we did!

Until next time…..

Diane Naylor – North East Derbyshire Development Worker

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