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Great Canal Journeys

12th November 2020

Channel 4 welcome’s back its popular boating programme, Great Canal Journeys, to screens this November. This year, the waterways are explored by brand new boaters – Sheila Hancock and Gyles Brandreth – who embark on spectacular canal journeys across Britain.

Episode 1, titled as ‘London’s Waterways’, showed Sheila and Gyles exploring the upper reaches of the River Thames – a paradise of unspoiled nature, river retreats and royal regattas. This episode aired on Sunday 8th November at 8pm on Channel 4.

The Shore Lark’s journey from Aldermaston Wharf

However, we’re very excited to announce that the next episode is set to feature a canal boat provided by ABC Boat Hire. During this episode, Sheila and Gyles travel from Aldermaston Wharf on our boat – The Shore Lark – which is a 66ft semi-trad stern narrowboat, and part of our ‘Alvechuch Fleet’.

The episode shows the pair tackling their first manual lock, as well as some extremely tight turns along the waterways! As the episode progresses, Sheila and Gyles relax into life travelling on the Lee Navigation, visiting the Royal Gunpowder Mills on the way.

Episode 2 is due to air on Sunday 15th November at 8pm on Channel 4.

Aldermaston Wharf

Interested in cruising from the Aldermaston Wharf yourself? Aldermaston Wharf is a popular route for canal boat holidays – whether you’re canal boat beginners, or more experienced with the waterways. From Aldermaston Wharf, you can cruise along the Kennet and Avon Canal, or access the River Thames – perfect for cruising into historic London.

Some of the most popular routes you can take from Aldermaston Wharf are Bath and Return, Oxford and Return and Windsor and Return. For more information on the canal boat holidays we offer from Aldermaston Wharf, get in touch with a member of our friendly team today.

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