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Britain's Gentle Highway ... a canal adventure in England, Scotland and Wales 2007 NR CC

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Britain's Gentle Highway... a canal adventure in England, Scotland & Wales Filmed and produced by Fran & Brooke ReidelbergerScripted and narrated by Fran Reidelberger Started in the mid-1700s, they served as the internal transportation system for Great Britain's "Industrial Revolution". By the early 19th Century, they crisscrossed Britain covering more than 5,000 miles through major cities and rural hamlets. "They", in this case, are the canals of England, Scotland and Wales. Abandoned by industry today, the canals have become a playground for holiday boaters as well as "home" for many retirees who live year round on their floating homes. In re-visiting and re-filming this unusual and colorful part of Britain, film producers Fran and Brooke Reidelberger hire an old-fashioned canal boat to travel in the wake of history, discover modern engineering marvels, and enjoy the timeless British countryside. . Start at Beeston Castle Wharf in Northwest England at a canal boatyard built in 1775, a year before the birth of the United States. Charles Hardern and family run a small fleet of rental boats and a substantial boat repair facility, both highly regarded. . Climb a flight of four locks at Hurlston -- operating the locks yourself -- and learn about a major water supply for the canal system. . Meet Robert Brown, a retired school teacher who spends his retirement years painting canal scenes. . Visit the Cadbury Company in the Welsh town of Chirk to watch cocoa beans turned into chocolate delicacies. . Cross the Pontcysllte Aqueduct, 1,000 feet long and 126 feet above the Welsh River Dee. . Travel under lift bridges and through a one-lane tunnel -- with no lights! . Attend the International Music Festival in Lllangollen, Wales. . Tour the ancient walled city of Chester with classic half-timbered buildings, Roman history, and modern shops. . Enjoy w

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Director TravelVideoStore.com
Studio TravelVideoStore.com
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By J. Zartman on October 14, 2013
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What a cool way to travel! Canal boats look like they provide a unique, relaxing, and very comfortable way to see England. I especially liked the canals in the aqueducts that had a great view. Well worth considering for a vacation possibility.
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This little documentary is interesting and very enjoyable. The hosts travel the canals and give information about stops along the way including the history of the canals with a very charming sense of humor. The engineering of the canals and locks was particularly interesting.
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I have an acquaintance in England who spent the early years of her married life (BC, before children and cats) on canal boats. Hers were apparently a pair: one with engine and supplies, to pull the other, with lodging and amenities. Her stories of canal adventures (including, as this does, forays into Wales) are not as slick as this movie, but they're entertaining and include much more about the 'adventures' canal travel can entail. This video is definitely more idyllic. But what a wonderful armchair travel adventure this is! Check it out.
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These travelogues by Fran & Brooke Reidelberger are educational and informative and are not as slick as major filmmakers. Instead they get to the heart of their destinations, enjoying the beauty and the sites. It's often what travel is about, the sometimes slow pace of getting from one place to another, the enjoyment of the individuals and animals one meets on the way, the lovely flowers - take time to smell the flowers! Canal touring appears to be a lovely unique way of touring England, Scotland and Wales, combining history, engineering, botany, and art. Thanks to the Reidelbergers for creating this and other films.
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Many years ago(2005) I met up with a British friend and we took a week's tour on two of these boats which were tied together. One was used for bedrooms ; the other for dining and sitting. We both enjoyed it and surprise surprise. I was the one here in America who told her about it. Brought back wonderful memories of a delightful trip.
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As slow-paced and relaxing as the canal boat adventures it documents, this sweet film could have been made by your grandparents. The scenery is delightful, the overview of some popular boating routes is useful, and the mix is lightly spiced with factoids from museums and tourist attractions along the way. Whether you are interested in boat touring in Great Britain, or would like to discover a whole mode of holiday travel you never knew existed, check this out and enjoy!
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We took a narrow boat canal trip some years ago and really enjoyed the experience . We traveled only a short distance and very much enjoyed this video showing the large network of waterways available for pleasure boats in Great Britain
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My main complaint is that the narrator sounds like he's from the southern United States! Something just not right with an English canal documentary NOT being narrated by someone with a British, Scottish or Welsh accent! Think his wife had an English accent... she should have narrated it! Would have lended more authenticity. Guess one other negative was that it could have had a bit better way of showing and documenting the canals on the map. Something about their map, and the way it was illustrated, that was a bit confusing. For a documentary that I think was supposed to be made in around 2007, it had more of the look of being filmed in the 80's. Anyway, it certainly did make me add to my bucket list a canal vacation in Great Britten.
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