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Update on Shroppie fishing competition

Update on Shroppie fishing competition


The national angling championships that take place on Saturday 19th August on the Shropshire Union Canal will occupy 15 miles of towpath. The following sections will be excluded from the match and are available for overnight moorings on the Friday evening or during the day on Saturday:

  • South of bridge 42
  • Shebdon Aqueduct moorings area
  • Bridge 45 and approx. midway between bridge 46 bridge 47.
  • Near winding hole at bridge 48
  • Bridge 55 north for around 200 metres
  • Bridge 56 to Tyrley Locks
  • Tyrley locks to Bridge 64 at Market Drayton
  • South side of Betton Wood bridge for approx. 150 metres
  • Midway between Bridge 68 and 69 north to Adderley Locks
  • Adderley Lock Flight
  • Adderley bottom lock to approx. 150 metres south of Hawksmoor bridge 72
  • Bridge 74 to Audlem Top Lock
  • Audlem Lock Flight
  • North of Audlem Lock Flight to midway between bridge 79 and 80

On the day of the match, the event organisers, Angling Trust, will have four stewards in each section. For anyone requiring further information, contact Dave Watkins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

More bikes for Manchester’s towpaths?

More bikes for Manchester’s towpaths?

One of China’s largest ‘dockless bike-share’ companies, Mobike, which operates 5 million bikes in China, has announced that it will launch their introduction in Manchester and Salford at the end of June, with an initial 1,000 bikes. Users download an app that displays a map with locations of the GPS-enabled bikes, and then use their phones to unlock the cycle. When riders reach their destination, they are free to park it wherever they want, with no need to return it to a fixed docking point. However, despite trying to reduce congestion in cities, dockless bike-share schemes have sometimes contributed to the problem. The mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said he would keep the scheme under review. “I want to see many more people swapping their cars for bikes. But we’re conscious that our city centre is a complex and busy area already, so Transport for Greater Manchester has been working with Mobike to make sure the service operates in a way that doesn’t inconvenience other road users, pedestrians or city centre traders.” In a radio interview (Radio 4, You & Yours, 19th June) he commented that there is a possibility of “using old industrial infrastructure, such as old railway lines and canal towpaths, to avoid taking road space off the motorist”.

David Fletcher commented: “We came up the Bridgewater into Manchester; bikers rule OK. Bikers are generally behaving badly: no concern for oncomers or walkers; riding through bridge-holes etc. None of this impacts boaters as you cannot moor ‒ the towpath is paved to the edge, about 5 feet wide with no rings ‒ but neither would you want to.”