© 2017 Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust


23rd - 24th September  2017

Organised jointly by Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust and Lichfield Cruising Club

In addition there will be over a dozen other private narrowboats moored up nearby. Feel free to walk along the towpath on both sides of the canal.

What exactly is a narrowboat and a butty boat?

Narrowboat refers to the original working boats built in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries for carrying goods on the narrow canals where locks and bridge holes would have a minimum width of 7 feet. The term now includes modern narrowboats used for recreation and as homes, whose design and dimensions replicate the old boats.

A butty boat is an unpowered boat traditionally with a larger rudder with (usually) a wooden tiller as the steering does not benefit from the force of water generated by the propeller. A few butty boats have been converted into powered narrowboats.