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Day 04 #30DaysWild – Dipping in the Disused Thames and Severn Canal

The Thames and Severn Canal was completed in 1789, and not surprisingly, linked up the River Thames and the River Severn. It crosses difficult terrain, and history books suggest that it was never one of the UK's more successful canals. Most of the canal was abandoned in 1927, with it all being closed by 1941. Some parts of it (notably between Stroud and the Severn) are undergoing restoration, but much of the remainder is either disused, or indeed has disappeared altogether.

  We spent a wonderful afternoon canal dipping in the disused Thames and Severn Canal as part of our #30DaysWild challenge

The stretch we visited is near Cerney Wick in the Cotswold Water Park, and although it is disused, the towpath is maintained and it still holds some water. As you can see from the photos it is absolutely stunning. We have Pond dipped at The Cotswold Water Park before, but had never tried the canal, so we were excited to see what we might find in there.

 

We spent a wonderful afternoon canal dipping in the disused Thames and Severn Canal as part of our #30DaysWild challenge

We took simple fishing nets and a plastic container with us on our explore. The container gives you a chance to have a good look at anything you catch, without distressing or damaging the animal. Once we had had a little look at the creatures, we returned them back to the area of the canal we had found them in.

 

We spent a wonderful afternoon canal dipping in the disused Thames and Severn Canal as part of our #30DaysWild challenge

 

We were delighted to find a tadpole, a tiny infant crayfish, plus a selection of water mini-beasts.

We spent a wonderful afternoon canal dipping in the disused Thames and Severn Canal as part of our #30DaysWild challenge

We spent a wonderful afternoon canal dipping in the disused Thames and Severn Canal as part of our #30DaysWild challenge

We loved that in areas we were able to get right into the canal - it was like being in a jungle, and is an amazing place to explore!

 

We spent a wonderful afternoon canal dipping in the disused Thames and Severn Canal as part of our #30DaysWild challenge

The kids really did enjoy themselves, especially when they were chucking pond slime at each other

 

We spent a wonderful afternoon canal dipping in the disused Thames and Severn Canal as part of our #30DaysWild challenge

It really was a wonderful afternoon canal dipping in the disused Thames and Severn Canal as part of our #30DaysWild challenge.

 

We spent a wonderful afternoon canal dipping in the disused Thames and Severn Canal as part of our #30DaysWild challenge

 

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall
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  • Reply tracey witts

    oh we love pond dipping! we are really enjoying #30dayswild too #countrykids

    June 18, 2016 at 7:55 am
  • Reply Maria (One Tiny Leap)

    This is great! I was completely unaware of the 30 day challenge- what a brilliant idea!

    June 17, 2016 at 9:52 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It’s a really fun campaign, Maria. They’ve got loads of ideas for how to bring a little bit of wild into our lives 🙂

      June 19, 2016 at 2:36 pm
  • Reply Merlinda Little (Glimmer of Hope)

    YOu 30dayswild challenge activity is so awesome and always so inspiring!

    #countrykids
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    June 13, 2016 at 12:46 pm
  • Reply Mary @ Over 40 and a Mum to One

    This reminds me so much of my own childhood and hours spent along the Basingstoke Canal. Looks like lots of fun #CountryKids
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    June 12, 2016 at 6:20 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Canals are amazing environments aren’t they – I love the combination of industry and nature 🙂

      June 12, 2016 at 7:23 pm
  • Reply Mommy's Little Princesses

    I couldn’t help but have a little giggle at the slime throwing part lol. Pond dipping really does look like fun. Great pictures. Xx #countrykids
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    June 11, 2016 at 7:56 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Now they are getting a bit older it’s extra nice seeing them just have fun with each other and enjoy themselves 🙂

      June 12, 2016 at 7:19 pm
  • Reply Emma

    What a good idea to go pond dipping in the canal and it looks like a great canal for wildlife too. A little oasis 🙂 #countrykids
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    June 11, 2016 at 10:02 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It is such a beautiful spot – it definitely had a jungle feel about it, it was so overgrown 🙂

      June 12, 2016 at 7:15 pm
  • Reply Cardiff Mummy Says - Cathryn

    What a beautiful place to explore. Such fun pond dipping. I love that they were throwing pond slime at each other! #countrykids

    June 11, 2016 at 9:52 am
  • Reply Lynda Appuhamy

    Its great that 30 days wild gets you to try different locations isn’t it. Canal (pond) dipping must be one of the best outdoor activities for kids and yours look like they are having the best fun #countrykids

    June 11, 2016 at 8:38 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      We spend lots of time outside, but #30DaysWild really has got us exploring and investigating more – we’re loving our wild month so far 🙂

      June 12, 2016 at 7:12 pm
  • Reply Let kids be kids

    Love pond dipping, it’s so interesting to see what’s living in the water. Such a beautiful place too. #countrykids
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    June 11, 2016 at 7:39 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      We’d actually love to get an underwater camera so we could explore more underwater habitats – they really are fascinating 🙂

      June 12, 2016 at 7:11 pm
  • Reply Melody

    Aaah that looks fun. I am on the look out for a place to do something like this with my daughter too. We are in with the 30 days wild challenge too. x #countrykids
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    June 11, 2016 at 12:49 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It’s great fun Melody – let us know when you go and I’ll check out your photos on Instagram – they are always beautiful 🙂

      June 12, 2016 at 7:10 pm
  • Reply Cheryl | TimeToCraft

    We’re joining in the #30DaysWild too. Good idea to go pond dipping. I need to add it to my list. Exciting to find a few creatures. #CountryKids

    June 11, 2016 at 12:43 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Pond dipping is such fun Cheryl, and you find all sorts of prehistoric looking creatures. Hope you are enjoying #30DaysWild

      June 12, 2016 at 7:08 pm
  • Reply Fiona Cambouropoulos

    I must get pond dipping onto our activity hour list for this year. We had great fun in the lake last year. An old canal sounds like a perfect location for finding all sort of mini beasts from the water. I love all your photos, the kids look so happy enjoying their challenge. A great 30 days wild idea.

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    June 11, 2016 at 12:11 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      We really did have a fun afternoon. Kid’s love playing in water don’t they? I’ve never had the chance to take the kids rock-pooling as they haven’t spent much time at the seaside – I’d love to do that with them 🙂

      June 12, 2016 at 7:07 pm

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