Besides being the Captain and stockman of the Wool Boat Colin also likes to try his hand photography, and canal’s are the natural subject.

Quite a few of these photos we reproduce as A5 greetings cards which are available from The Wool Boat

Page updated 25.1.2022 with image rowers on a wider canal than we are used to!

Six rowing boats passing moored canal boats at Sellars Bridge.
On a bright but cool and crisp winter morning a group of six rowing boats or canoes from the Gloucester rowing club are passing canal boats moored on the Gloucester and Sharpness canal at Sellars Bridge about 4 miles south of the city of Gloucester. Sellars Bridge is on the outskirts of the village of Quedgeley. This canal was designed to bring ships into the city of Gloucester to avoid using the nearby tidal River Severn, which is why it is wide and deep. The date is 22.1.2022
Image Cw 7883 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole’s Creations
Cw 7874 Sunrise at Burscough from Emma Maye 18.1.2022.
The sun is just coming up near the former Ainscough’s corn mill on cold winters morning in the centre of the Burscough. Picture taken from the narrow boat Emma Maye moored on The Leeds and Liverpool canal. Photo image Cw 7874 Copyright Colin Wareing
“Ambush” in the mist at New Lane 19.12.2021
Out of the mist comes the fuel boat. “Ambush” approaches New Lane Bridge over the Leeds and Liverpool canal to the west of Burscough in West Lancashire. The boat is the former H and R Ainscough’s motor boat “Ambush” which started life as a grain carrier but is now used by Derek Bent to deliver diesel and solid fuels to boaters along the western end of the Leeds and Liverpool from Wigan towards Liverpool. Derek has “retired” lots of times, “but if I don’t do it who else will?” The cottages on the bank here used to be the homes of boat men that worked these wide beam canal boats on the Leeds and Liverpool canal. Image Cw 7844 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole’s Creations
Eshton Road lock Gargrave scaffolded out 7.12.2021 
A depression in the towpath at the side of lock wall at Eshton lock on the Leeds and Liverpool canal in Gargrave was discovered on Tuesday the 28th September 2021. 
Canal and River trust engineers think that water had got in behind the look wall and has caused it to bulge inwards to the lock and has created the depression in the tow path. 
The lock has been closed since Saturday the 2nd of October and work has started to get ready for repairs to commence. 
By Tuesday the 7th of December a work site had been established, fibre dams had been installed above and below the lock and scaffolding had been set up in the lock chamber while work continues ready for the rebuild of the lock wall. 
On the day this picture was taken there is no indication from the Canal and River Trust when the works will be completed and the lock reopened.  
Copyright Colin Wareing  
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Eshton Road lock Gargrave scaffolded out 7.12.2021
A depression in the towpath at the side of lock wall at Eshton lock on the Leeds and Liverpool canal in Gargrave was discovered on Tuesday the 28th September 2021. Canal and River trust engineers think that water had got in behind the look wall and has caused it to bulge inwards to the lock and has created the depression in the tow path. The lock has been closed since Saturday the 2nd of October and work has started to get ready for repairs to commence. By Tuesday the 7th of December a work site had been established, fibre dams had been installed above and below the lock and scaffolding had been set up in the lock chamber while work continues ready for the rebuild of the lock wall. On the day this picture was taken there is no indication from the Canal and River Trust when the works will be completed and the lock reopened. Copyright Colin Wareing Cw 7828 Colin Wareing
Cw 7424 Icy and foggy canal at Parbold 31.2.2020. The last day of 2020 sees a foggy and cold day in Parbold in West Lancashire. The waters of the Leeds and Liverpool canal are very cold and icy in places, not being helped by the fog obscuring the weak sun from warming the day. Photo image Cw 7424 Copyright Colin Wareing www.colinandcarolescreations.co.uk www.thewoolboat.co.uk e-mail colinandcarolescreations@yahoo.co.uk 07931 356204
Cw 7362 Autumn at Burscough Wharf 19.10.2020. The late afternoon sun catches the autumn colours and the former mill chimney at Burscough Wharf on the Leeds and Liverpool canal at Burscough in West Lancashire. Photo image Cw 7362 Copyright Colin Wareing www.thewoolboat.co.uk e-mail colinandcarolescreations@yahoo.co.uk 07931 356204 19th October 2020.
CRT putting stop planks in at Wheelton top lock. 21.2.2021
As part of the winter 2020 -21 maintaince programme the Canal and River Trust are about to start fitting new bottom gates to the top lock on the Wheelton flight of locks near Chorley on the Leeds and Liverpool canal. Here some CRT lads are putting in stop planks into the grooves just above the top gates of the lock, These planks will be used to stop the water flowing into the lock while the work is going on. The hiab crane they are using to lift the wooden beams that are the stop planks is working from a work boat that is in the lock. The canal is closed to boat navigation and a safety fence has been put into place around the lock though the tow path remains open. This is lock no 58 of the canal. Image Cw 7476 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole’s Creations This image was published in the April 2021 edition of Towpath Talk on page 10. Read the article it was with here
New bottom gates for lock 58 L and L 21.2.2021
As part of the winter 2020 -21 maintaince programme the Canal and River Trust are about to start fitting new bottom gates to the top lock on the Wheelton flight of locks near Chorley on the Leeds and Liverpool canal. These are the new gates waiting at the side of the next lock down the canal. Once the time has come to fit them they will be reloaded back onto a work boat and floated up to the top lock which is just beyond bridge in the distance. These new wooden gates are quite heavy at 35 tons each. The canal is closed to boat navigation and a safety fence has been put into place around the lock though the tow path remains open. Image Cw 7477 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole’s Creations.
This image was published in the April 2021 edition of Towpath Talk on page 10. Read the article it was with here
New Lane spring boating 4.4.2021.
The spring daffodils are blooming alongside the swing bridge at New Lane near Burscough on the Leeds and Liverpool canal in Lancashire. This swing bridge is being operated, by pushing a button to work the electrics and hydraulics, by a mate of the lady who is steering the narrow boat. Warning lights and barriers come down to stop the road traffic to allow the canal traffic to pass. Photo image Cw 7536 Copyright Colin Wareing
Toddbrook sailing club HQ 23.3.2021
On Tuesday the 23th March 2021 the Canal and River Trust revealed their plans for the repairs to Toddbrook reservoir at Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire. Within in the new plans the proposed new spillway channel will run across the front of these headquarters of Toddbrook sailing club, close to the line of the track in front of the building. This will mean that this building will need to be relocated, probably a few meters further back up the slope. Image Cw 7513 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole’s Creations Published in Towpath Talk May 2021

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