An excerpt from Wind in the Willows

Nice? It's the ONLY thing, said the Water Rat solemnly, as he leant forward for his stroke. Believe me, my young friend, there is NOTHING - absolute nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing, he went on dreamily: messing - about - in - boats; messing----'
From 'Wind in the Willows' by Kenneth Grahame.

Monday, 1 April 2013

23 Boats to the top of the Basingstoke

We managed to get 23 boats up Deepcut over the last two days.  That's a huge effort by all the boaters, the Canal Authority and the Counties on this the coldest Easter for quite some time.

We are restricted to only going as far as Blacksmith's Bridge winding hole due to a land slip in the area.  It's right alongside the Gabion Wall (also know by some as the Great Wall of Dogmersfield) where there was a large land slip in the early 1980s.  So we can't go to the limit of the navigation as planned but we have proved, beyond any reasonable doubt, that Deepcut, Brookwood, St Johns and Woodham are 'open for business' - if you wish to enjoy the Basingstoke you will still need to book through the Basingstoke Canal Authority (BCA) on 01252 370073 and bear in mind that the at archilies heel of this canal is (and always has been) water.  The local branch of the IWA and the BasingstokenCanal Society in conjunction with Hampshire and Surrey County Councils together with Southampton University are running a Water Resources Team to try and find additional sources of water.

When I manage to obtain a better signal I'll publish some photos.

Some boats are now in Fleet at the Fox and Hounds and the rest of us are either spread out along the canal or about to set off from Potters.

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