Sowerby Bridge will be one of the venues for the first national Go Boating Day on Sunday when would-be skippers get the chance to take control of a traditional narrowboat.
The Canal and River Trust, the charity that looks after the nation’s waterways, has teamed up with Drifters Waterway Holidays to organise the event offering people the chance to get out onto the water and find out more about canal boating.
The event at Sowerby Bridge, where the Rochdale Canal meets the Calder & Hebble Navigation, is one of 21 open days taking place on the canals and rivers across England and Wales, offering boat tours, holiday discounts and, in many cases, free trips on skippered boats.
Richard Parry, chief executive of the Canal and River Trust, added: “For many people, a boating holiday is the start of a lifelong passion, with thousands of people first inspired by family holidays afloat. I am sure these free taster sessions will enthuse a whole new wave of canal and river enthusiasts.”
Tim Parker, chairman of Drifters Waterway Holidays, explained: “Britain’s beautiful 2,000-mile canal and river network is a haven for wildlife and travelling at just 4mph, canal boat holidays are often described as ‘the fastest way to slow down’.
“Over 370,000 people go canal boating each year and we hope our free taster sessions will introduce many more people to the joys of a holiday afloat on our wonderful inland waterways.”
The open day will take place between 11am and 4pm at Shire Cruisers, The Wharf, Sowerby Bridge. For more details call 01422 832712.