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We have an interest in the British canal system, and a share in boat to explore it.

Harlequin is a 58 foot traditional-style narrowboat.  Just less than 7 feet wide, with a Colecraft steel hull and a Beta 43 diesel engine.  It is a comfortable boat with a king sized bed in the back cabin, a make-up double in the front for guests, central heating and 12/240 volt electrics.

The picture above shows Harlequin being helmed by Margaret on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal in August 2005.  We took a trip across, or rather through, the Pennines, and back.  In the 20 miles from Ashton-u-Lyne to Huddersfield are 74 locks and a 3 mile tunnel. 

The canals have a fascinating history that is there to see.  Here is Sowerby Bridge basin, a huge facility for a small town, that acted as a trans-shipment point between the differently sized Calder & Hebble and Rochdale canals:

Some canal-related links:


Nick Atty's Canal Journey Planner


Narrowboatworld - an e-magazine with almost daily updates


President & Kildare


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