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Middle Level Then And Now August 1984 With John Revell Part 2

Part 2 of John Revells Middle Level narrowboating adventure. John makes the Salters Lode crossing at low water. He navigates the fourty foot river, river cam, sixteen foot and hundred foot New Bedford. He compares the then in August 1984 and the now for places to eat and stop he describes the characters he met back in 1984.Read more ›

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A lesser known area of the Middle Level Navigation

Now that the main summer boating season is over our mooring customer and waterway campaigner John Revell discusses boating on one of the lesser used areas of the Midlle Level navigation. I particularly enjoy boating on the Middle Level beyondRead more ›

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Old Bedford river campaign to re-open.

On Thursday 14th March Pat Fox and Paula were invited to a luncheon at the Lamb & Flag in Welney where waterways campaigner John Revell was to make a presentation to the landlords.  Following an excellent lunch John invited GinaRead more ›

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John Revell’s inspiration ahead of the next Old Bedford river Campaign Cruise!

Waterways campaigner and mooring customer John Revell is sharing some of his previous script on other restored waterways that he has visited as he looks forward to the Old Bedford river campaign cruise on 19th to 22nd August 2018. Descending theRead more ›

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Old Bedford Campaign Cruise Aug 19-22 2018

A Guest blog from Waterways Campaigner and mooring customer John Revell. When Charlie and Pat Fox set up business in West End March in the 1960’s navigation on the Middle Level was very different from today. Stanground Lock was only 49′ longRead more ›

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Olive Emily and the Old Bedford River

Fox Narrowboats mooring customer and waterways campaigned John Revell shares his account of his recent campaign trips. ‘Olive Emily’ built by Fox Narrowboats and the Old Bedford River In 2006 the Environment Agency (EA) piled the entrance to Welches DamRead more ›

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Old Bedford cruise 16 and 17 July 2017 – Another Success

Waterways Campaigner and mooring customer John Revell updates us on his latest success on the Old Bedford River. In July 2017 two boats, Olive Emily (built by Fox Narrowboats and moored at Fox’s marina) and the cruiser Marie II, successfullyRead more ›

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Old Bedford river conquered!

Non tidal access to the historic Old Bedford River was lost in 2006 when the E.A. closed Welches Dam Lock, thus stopping access to a waterway that had been navigated for over 350 years. Since the closure various attempts haveRead more ›

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Navigating the Old Bedford River

Following on from John Revell’s previous blog about the efforts to restore the Old Bedford river to navigation.  John follows up with his latest thoughts.  Photography by Mike Daines. In November 2016 I took my narrowboat Olive Emily, based at Fox’sRead more ›

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The Middle Level Navigations – one boater’s view

Before reading this article further it is worth thinking back to 1984 when John Revell first visited the Middle Level Navigations.  In those days entry by boat to the system was restricted to boats of 49 feet in length because of theRead more ›

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