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Travis
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Posted -  06/05/2008  :  19:07
We've just had a few days down in Skipton, and had a good time and a good sail back.

 Well almost a good sail, we got talking about the state of the canal through Barlick. Y'know its getting a little drab, especially the section from the RR factory to Ouzledale. Its strewn with rubbish, shallow and sometimes its the haunt of a few menacing teenagers. Two were hanging off the bridge this afternoon and were being egged on to "kick her in the 'ead" The head in question was my wifes, she was stood on the bow of the boat. The egging mouthy little lass had her phone ready to take a photo if one of the lads had a go....he didnt, lucky chap.

I wont mention the condition of Greenberfield locks since BW sold off the cottage.

We always tell other boaters how beautiful the canal is from Barrowford locks to Skipton. We may start have to start telling them to be careful sailing through Barlick though.

And thats a shame....

Andy. 



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moh
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6860 Posts
Posted - 19/01/2009 : 11:33
It will be a bit noisy for Cally and Elaine - one of the boats in the picture will be theirs.


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gus
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704 Posts
Posted - 20/01/2009 : 11:26
I do believe that  Elaine and Cally`s boat is still moored on the other side of the workings, quite a way not to be too troubled. 


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Spitfire
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114 Posts
Posted - 20/01/2009 : 12:29
While we're on the subject of the local canals, who do I have to complain to about the restricted access to the towpath at Silentnight. I like to take my kids cycling along the towpath, but at this point we have to cross the road and re-join the other side for the section down to RR. However, my youngest is disabled and has to be towed in a bike trailer. When I get to this width restriction (metal bars angled towards eachother), I have to stop, remove my son, unhitch the trailer (while holding him), push the bike through (while holding him), LIFT the trailer over the railings (while holding him), re-hitch the trailer, and finally strap my son back in. I have spoken to people using motorised invalid carriages along the towpath, and their only option is to turn around and return to The Anchor. This is ludicrous. People with disabilities are being discriminated against by denying them proper access to the canal towpath!


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belle
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6502 Posts
Posted - 20/01/2009 : 12:40
You raise a serious issue, who have you complained to? Surely Silentnight cannot be seen to be retricitng access and condoning discrimination?


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Big Kev
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2650 Posts
Posted - 20/01/2009 : 13:03
I believe British Waterways put up the restrictions (I could be wrong) to stop motorcycles gaining access to the towpath....


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Spitfire
Regular Member


114 Posts
Posted - 20/01/2009 : 14:19
Well, thanks a bundle British Waterways! I understand the need to stop motorcycles gaining access, but there has to be a solution. How about a locked gate to which registered disabled can get a key?


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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


36804 Posts
Posted - 20/01/2009 : 17:12
Kev is right, there was a seious problem on the stretch from Greeberfield to Salterforth with motor bikes on the towpath and the barrier seems to have cured it. Nothing to do with Silentnight.


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Another
Traycle Mine Overseer


6250 Posts
Posted - 20/01/2009 : 19:27
Similar rerstrictions are on the canal where it borders Rakes House/ Cravendale Estate for exactly the same reasons. It seems a sensible idea for BW to supply access for disabled people though. Why not contact them at

64 Clarendon Road
Watford
Herts
WD17 1DA
Telephone: 0845 671 5530
Fax (customer services): 01923 201304
Email: enquiries.hq@britishwaterways.co.uk

Nolic


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Stanley
Local Historian & Old Fart


36804 Posts
Posted - 21/01/2009 : 07:44
I agree Conrade. Isn't it par for the course that the selfish actions of the few hamper the enjoyment of the many..... It ought to be a criminal offence.


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Spitfire
Regular Member


114 Posts
Posted - 21/01/2009 : 11:03
Thanks Nolic, I found those same details yesterday and tried to call them (several times), but no answer (why does that not surprise me?!), so I've emailed them. I'll let you all know what their response is!


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moh
Silver Surfer


6860 Posts
Posted - 22/01/2009 : 15:23
They have a couple in Brierfield - also to stop the motor bikes and horses.


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Sunray10
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557 Posts
Posted - 13/12/2010 : 23:45
I worked for British Waterways Board from about 1975-9 mainly based at Barrowford locks or Greenberfield locks. Jack Shorrock was lock-keeper at Barrowford, and Jim Smith at Greenberfield. Both extremely nice blokes. I was on the BWB barge Calder and sometimes, with my mate Terry Barker, on the BWB mini dredger Waterwitch.

We did much of the piling working on the towpath edge along by the Rolls Royce factory at Coates. Hope its still in good condition ?

Whilst at Barrowford locks me and Jack took care of the place, cutting the grass, painting the locks and, sometimes helping folk with handling the seven locks. Jack kept horses on by the reservoir and he went by motorbike around Barrowford, Slipper Hill, Foulridge and Whitemoor reservoirs checking all the measurements there.

It was lovely working on there during the Summertime, not so good in the Winter though. Jack's sister Elsie was always on hand with cups of tea, or ice-creams. Yes Jack and Elsie ran the little shop at the top lock cottage. I'm afraid all that has gone now, the lock cottage has been sold, and the one at Greenberfield has gone the same way. Sad really.


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Posted - 14/12/2010 : 08:39
There is an artist in residence in the lock keepers cottage in Barrowford and he and his wife do drinks, snacks and ices in the summer. Nolic


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Sunray10
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557 Posts
Posted - 14/12/2010 : 13:25
Oh well, they are carrying on the tradition of selling drinks and ices at the top lock cottage. Im quite pleased about that. Nice place for an artist to work. Lots of views to draw and paint round there. Thanks for that up-date. Cheers.


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