You see the Slough Arm of the GU is little used and could so easily be lost if not cared for. You know what they say, "Cruise it or lose it". Apart from the 80 odd boats moored at Highline Yachting, many of which never move, hardly any boaters go down there.
This is strange because
- it's accessible, being just off the GU on the main canal route in or out of London
- it is of historical interest, apart from the Manchester ship canal it is the the last new British canal ever dug (1880s )
- it probably has more aquatic wildlife than any other canal or arm
There's a little film about it here
Why don't people go down there? Mainly because it’s a bit difficult i.e. shallow and weedy, and because it doesn't have a finale, i.e. somewhere attractive to stop at the end.
However the journey is well worth it if you like wild flowers, birds, seeing fish, and waving to Herbie.
The festival is small, friendly and free. The samosas are tasty, and the kids get fishing lessons. If you don't have a boat, come anyway, you can get boat rides too.
Come on down. 13/ 14 September. http://www.slough.gov.uk/mytown/events/16792.aspx