Blackwood Stroke Support Group @ The Willow Trust, Sharpness Canal

By Blackwood Stroke Support Group | November 18 2019

Blackwood Stroke Support Group @ The Willow Trust, Sharpness Canal

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    Our trip on the Sharpness Canal in September was another success and the many photos with happy smiling faces tells its own story.  Starting the bus pick-ups earlier worked well and for once we arrived in good time. The weather was perfect for a relaxing cruise along the canal and to enjoy a supervised chance to steer the barge.

    The canal was built in the 1800s, its original purpose was to take goods up the Severn estuary to Gloucester and onto the Midlands. The canal overcame the restrictions imposed by the highly tidal waters in that area where the water levels can vary from a few feet to 47 feet (measured at Newport)…. it has the second highest tidal rise and fall in the WORLD!

    The two barges were purchased and restored  by a group of enthusiastic volunteers  who formed “The Willow Trust” (a registered charity) to take disabled children and adults for trips along the peaceful waters of the canal. That is why the barges are adapted to include the lift to the Captains cabin and for the provision of  disabled toilets. As usual our group made a donation but they have other fund raising events if you wish to contribute more.

    Definitely one the list for next year!


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