Breach of the Ashby Canal, north of Snarestone Wharf on Sunday 29th November 2020

Boaters should be aware that there has been a breach of the Ashby Canal on the new extension north of Snarestone Wharf today. Fortunately, our resident lengthsman at the site. Michael Wooding, was able to assemble a party of volunteers, and with the additional help of some paddleboarders and local farmer Will Badham, stop planks were installed, and the flow of water out of the canal had been stemmed by 2 pm.

The breach was reported on BBC news in the East Midlands. You can view the news item here:

There is much more information, including comments, photos and videos available on our Facebook page.

Canal and River Trust are aware of the breach and have issued a Notice Alert. Representatives from Land & Water and Leicestershire County Council have also been on site to assess the damage and plan a course of action.

The canal will remain closed north of the wharf until the breach has been filled in . The C&RT services and the shop, however, remain open.