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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Falkirk Wheel facts...and how to book trip

THE Falkirk Wheel is the world’s first rotating boat lift and the first boat lift to be built in Britain since the Anderton Boat Lift, built in Cheshire in 1875.

It is 115ft high – the equivalent of eight double-decker buses.

The wheel is capable of lifting loads of 600 tonnes.

It cost £17m and took 22 months to build on the site of a disused deep open cast mine pit. The wheel is the central feature for the Falkirk canal basin which links canals to Edinburgh and towards Glasgow and, lit up at night, is a visitor attraction in its own right.

HOW TO BOOK YOUR CANAL HOLIDAY

We were guests of Black Prince Narrowboat Holidays, who operate canal holidays throughout the UK.For prices and to book your canal holiday office opening hours are Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm, tel 01527 575115, web www.black-prince.com, or email holiday@black-prince.com.

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