Four Counties Ring

Updated 2017

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Map 1: There are ringed moorings just south of Bridge 212.

Map 4: Middlewich Narrowboats are no longer in business.

Map 6: Lock 48 seems no longer duplicated.

Map 7: There are signed visitor moorings just north of Bridge 126, though no longer any canalside pubs. Fifty yards down the road towards the railway station is a shop dealing in recycled chimney pots and secondhand teapots! • The Bluebell at Hardings Wood is temporarily closed.

Map 10: A Marks & Spencer Foodhall has opened just south of Bridge 93 in Stone. It's open 8am-8pm Mon-Sat and 11am-5pm Sun.

Map 20: Aqua's hire base has moved from Mercia Marina to Barton Marina on Map 17.

Map 22: The White House restaurant at Sawley is now a tapas bar called Esquina – same telephone number.

Map 28: Cooper's Foodstore in Brewood has closed down, as has Lloyd's bank.

Map 33: There is a water point just north of Bridge 55 at Goldstone Wharf.

Map 37: Pumpout facilities are available on the main line south of Bridge 92.

Map 38: There is no longer a water point at Barbridge.

Map 44: The services at Town Bridge now feature a self-pump out facility. • Asda have opened their supermarket at Northwich Quay. • Bratts department store has closed, though a cookshop of that name survives. • The rubbish disposal facility at Northwich has been relocated to CRT's maintenance yard. New moorings have been provided on the town centre side downstream of Town Bridge, though according to our correspondent are "a bit of a scramble to reach."

Map 45: The Red Lion at Winsford Bridges has re-opened. • There is a water point and visitor moorings to the left at the entry to The Flash.

Cheshire Ring

Updated 2017

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Map 1: The Bluebell at Hardings Wood is temporarily closed. • Lock 48 seems no longer duplicated.

Map 3: Park Farm Marina has opened north of Bridge 181. Tel: 01606 44672.

Map 4: Middlewich Narrowboats are no longer in business.

Map 7: There are ringed moorings just south of Bridge 212.

Map 8: There is a water point and Elsan disposal facility between Preston Brook Marina and Cawley's Bridge.

Map 8A: There are new visitor moorings (handy for the shops) beside the theatre, two hundred yards from terminus.

Welsh Waters

Updated 2018

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Map 2: Cooper's Foodstore in Brewood has closed down, as has Lloyd's bank.

Map 7: There is a water point just north of Bridge 55 at Goldstone Wharf.

Map 11: Pumpout facilities are now available on the main line south of Bridge 92 • There is no longer a water point at Barbridge.

Map 11B: Middlewich Narrowboats are no longer in business.

Map 19: Lockside Stores at Grindley Brook have closed down, though the café remains open. • The telephone number for The Swan at Marbury is now 01948 522860.

Map 24: The HSBC bank in Chirk has closed down.

Map 25: There are no longer any designated visitor moorings between Froncysyllte and Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.

South Midlands

Updated 2017

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Map 23: The visitor moorings marked beside Bridge 55 are now located between bridges 58 and 59.

Map 27: The Post Office at Stoke Golding has closed down.

Map 35: The Bull's Head (Earlswood) telephone number is now 01564 700368.

Map 43: Aqua's hire base has moved from Mercia Marina to Barton Marina on Map 17.

Severn & Avon

Updated 2016

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No amendments notified as yet.

Stourport Ring

Updated 2016

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No amendments notified as yet.

Oxford & Grand Union, and Upper Thames

Updated 2017

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Map 4: The visitor moorings marked adjacent to Bridge 55 are now located between bridges 58 and 59.

Map 9: The Mulberry Cafe (previously known as The Green Pantry) has opened on The Green (OX17 1NH - Tel: 01295 750020). 9am-4pm daily. Supper nights 1st Sunday in the month.

Map 18: The Booksmith secondhand bookshop (Tel: 01327 227391) has opened up in one of the old Royal Ordnance Depot buildings. Chiefly selling secondhand fiction, it also does a nice line in coffee and cakes, whilst presenting a welcome opportunity to explore this fascinating relic of our military past more fully. A heritage centre is also under development.

Map 19A: EA licences are no longer available from Gayton Marina. If you're travelling through to the Nene, they are obtainable at Northampton Marina.

Kennet & Avon

Updated 2017

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No amendments notified as yet.

Leicester Line & River Nene

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Leeds & Liverpool

Updated 2017

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Maps 38-40: CRT have launched a 'suite of improvements' for customers using the Liverpool Link, though prior booking is still mandatory. Notable changes include: boater operation of Bridges 9 and 6 (though time restrictions remain on the former) and self-operation of Stanley Locks. Visit CRT website for further details.

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