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Canal Boat Holiday guests cruising the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal near to Wolverhampton this weekend can visit a Canal and River Trust open Day.

Pop along to the Bradley workshop to find out how they make lock gates for the canals and rivers.

Take a tour of the lock gate workshop, engineering rooms, woodworking workshop and store room where the gates are painstakingly made and ask questions of the experts staff about how the gates are made.

It can take anything from five to 20 days to manufacture a gate to plane the green, rough sawn timber, set out the gate, carry out all the intricate steel work, make the mortice and tennon joints, shape the heel and head posts and assemble everything into the finished product.

Each bespoke lock gate is hand-crafted and made from sustainably sourced British oak and weighs on average three and half tonnes.

In the UK just about every inland waterway will have some type of lock and this adds to the fun of travelling on your Canal Boat Holidays.

Locks are devices for raising and lowering boats between stretches of water on the canals.

All locks are different and require different ways of operating them.

If you are about to go on your first Canal Boat Holiday and have no idea how to operate a lock don't worry your trainer will explain it all to you and once you get to grips with them.

Water will always flow downhill and when the lock gate is closed against the pressure of the water the gate will not open until the water level is equal on both sides.

Travelling through a lock will take approximately 10 to 20 minutes depending how big the lock is.

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