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What are the Canals about see what CRT thing 15 Mar 2019 14:44 #104391

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Hi Di
I'm not against all of the other stuff.
I just think that, Boats, or Boating should be somewhere to be seen as a way to enjoy the waterways,.
Not necessarily even given priority, it should just be there included on every page.
Paul

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What are the Canals about see what CRT thing 14 Mar 2019 12:53 #104363

We'll have to disagree then Paul.
I was on the CRT Navigation Authority Group for Licensing & Mooring for a few years. us boaters in the Group regularly raised issues about us being 'forgotten/overlooked/ignored' but CRT HAVE to raise funds form other sources - blowing their own trumpet to increase eveeryone's awareness about them.
If they don't encourage people to the waterways - who *may* become volunteers or boaters - they will rely more heavily on the money from boat
licence fees.
Surely you'd like to see more people funding them that just us boaters!!??
The majority of boaters no doubt know how to get to the Boating section as that's where you go to renew your licence......
Di

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What are the Canals about see what CRT thing 14 Mar 2019 12:46 #104362

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Sorry Di I disagree with you, the canals were built for boats, so that in my opinion is what CaRT should primarily be giving information.
The stuff for cyclists, walkers , fishing folk although nice should be secondary.
I they describe a Well Being aspect - again the B word is not used,
canalrivertrust.org.uk/news-and-views/features/wellbeing-on-your-doorstep
Though walking, cycling and feeding the ducks seem important.
Here in "about us - Support"
canalrivertrust.org.uk/about-us
Once again no B word.
On a site that is dedicated to Inland Waterways, one should not have to search for boating information, it should be at the forefront, other benefits, are in my opinion secondary.
I also note that the sun is always shining on the UK canals, it obviously never rains horizontally on the cut :-)
Debate is good.
Paul Hayes
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What are the Canals about see what CRT thing 14 Mar 2019 11:25 #104358

There is a specific tab for Boating, Paul, hence not mentioning it in the link you shared. They cannot mention everything on all pages or in all articles.

Go to: Enjoy the Waterways | Boating | Planning a Cruise from the CRT Home Page.
or
canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/boating/planning-your-boat-trip

if you search the CRT site for 'Torksey Lock' the first hit is the one to attract everyone (bar boaters) then info on the moorings then info on the Lock Office.
I don't see a problem with that.
Their website is notoriously difficult to navigate, though. Even when you've found something once, trying to return to it can be nigh on impossible!!
Di

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What are the Canals about see what CART thing 09 Mar 2019 13:25 #104255

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Hi Andy
Should they need defending? :-)
My post was a bit tongue in cheek, but when you go to the CART page about Torksey Lock, I don't really know why I did, other than it was mentioned in a forum post and I wondered where it is.
It just confounded me to see after a short history of the area:
Things to do and see
Walking and dog walking
Cycling
Fishing (you can't fish in the lock but you can get permission from the local clubs either side)
Canoeing
Places to eat:
Torksey Lock Tea Room
White Swan
Picnic spot:
As well as a few benches, there's plenty of grassy spaces for laying down a picnic blanket
Trails:
Fossdyke canal trail
Torksey Lock Explorers' trail
Wildlife spotting:
Torksey Lock is the epitimy of rural in the flat, Lincolshire landscape. But take a copy of our nature spotter's guide with you and create your own nature trail along the towpath.

Getting here

The "Getting hear" bit shows a Google Map that is best suited to car users and nothing about the waterway itself and possibly how to get there by boat.

We boaters don't get a mention other than the public can Gongoozle.
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Paul

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What are the Canals about see what CART thing 09 Mar 2019 10:57 #104254

In their defence (!) they have produced a paper aimed specifically at boaters - Boater Report 2018

canalrivertrust.org.uk/media/original/39814-boater-report.pdf

A little anodyne but it does show that they haven't totally forgotten us or the £38 million directly contributed!

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What are the Canals about see what CART thing 09 Mar 2019 10:37 #104253

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Hello all

British waterways used to be about canals, and rivers, and basically boats, though in later years fishing etc. became more important to them.

Take a look at this CART page and see what they are interested in, boats and boating information,? see if you can find it?

canalrivertrust.org.uk/places-to-visit/torksey-lock

I think it's obvious where they see us on the priority list.
Paul Hayes

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