Gongoozling - Gongoozlers
Gongoozlers are Gongoozling!
Those who enjoy watching the activity on canals in the United Kingdom are - traditionally known as Gongoozlers and this slightly obscure term may have come originally from the Lincolnshire words 'gooze' and 'gawn' which means to gape or stare and is often associated with those who stand idly on the canal paths observing the canal boats as they pass en-route, they are Gongoozling.
So if the idea of enjoying the activity of the canal boat lifestyle and all of the associated activity without actually participating is an appealing prospect then why not consider joining the many existing enthusiasts by reading up on this very unusual but intrinsically relaxing hobby which can be a beneficial and enjoyable one for all of the family, from small children to those more senior.
Before embarking on any hobby, it is always worth reading up on the subject as much as possible and there is certainly a wealth of information available on the internet alone. There is also a great deal of information which is easily accessible on the canal systems themselves so suitable walks along canal roots can be planned in advance.
As well as admiring the canal boats and the operational aspects of canal boating, it is worth realising that walking along the canals themselves provide many opportunities to view spectacular scenery, see beautiful wildlife in their natural environment and also is a great way to escape from the stress's and strains of everyday life whilst walking sedately along well?worn canal paths. Very little is required for Gongoozling in terms of equipment although some water-proof clothing, binoculars and picnic can be useful dependent on the areas of interest and whether the trek is a long one.
One of the more fascinating aspects of Gongoozling is observing the intricate process of navigating the locks because there are still many manual locks. Staircase locks which could hold a few boats at the same time is often popular with enthusiasts also and many Gongloozers also collect memorabilia of canals such as postcards, photographs and paintings and it can be nice to record canal ventures by taking photographs or having video footage.
If you are after an unusual hobby which includes the great outdoors, then the lifestyle of the Gongoozler may be for you.