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08-04-2013 : CANAL SIDE PUBS

In the heyday of the canal transport system an inn was a recognized tying up point, where horses could be led to the stables and the crew could find refreshment.

Canal side pubs often served a specific purpose in the age of the canals, pubs located near tunnels tended to refresh the professional leggers.

Pubs built on the paths above the tunnels were geared more towards horsemen.

Canal side inns were used as the exchange points for horses when long distance journeys were undertaken.

The pubs were, in fact, there specially to cater for the canal trade, shown by the number called the Navigation or the Boat Man.

In those days every canal side inn would have had its own set of stables where horses would be stabled over night.

Nowadays canal pubs are an essential part of a Canal Boat Holiday and you will find a great number of them on most routes.

These old inns have been completely refurbished and now extend a warm welcome to Canal Boaters of a different era.

Most have convenient moorings outside, some even providing facilities like water taps, and refuse collection.

Many Canal Boat Holiday guest plan their route to ensure that they stop outside a pub every evening.

There are also many traditional canal pubs which have been little changed over centuries, retaining much genuine character.

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