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Rufford Celebrations © Mike Poloway, Canal and River Trust.

Towpath upgrade celebrated

Celebrations were had at the Rufford Branch of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal to recognise the recent towpath upgrade

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Lock Gear

Lock gear: CRT asks the boaters

The Canal & River Trust are asking boaters for feedback on a national project devised to make locks safer for boaters.

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Boaters are being warned of the dangers of navigating the Ribble Link

Ribble Link warning

Boaters are being warned of the dangers of navigating the Ribble Link following call-outs to free grounded or trapped vessels. Recent rescues have included a boat perched on metal boulders on the bend at Savick Brook in Preston and a craft stuck above the banks of the River Ribble at the entrance to Savick Brook and the Ribble Link (following travel from the Rufford Arm).

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Making plans for Northampton

Making plans for Northampton

A convoy cruise up a little-used backwater of the River Nene is one of the more unusual activities at the Inland Waterways Association’s Northampton Festival of Water which celebrates 200 years since the canal arrived in Northampton.

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Waterways

For waterway lovers, there is no better place to walk than along a charming canal in the UK

5 scenic towpath walks to try out this summer

We’ve started a new feature in Canal Boat magazine this month called Great Canal Walks – the first walk is a beautiful four-mile stretch along the Kennet & Avon canal from the Dundas Aqueduct to Bradford on Avon (or the other way around if you prefer) with full OS mapping, you can read all about it in the July issue of Canal Boat on sale now.

Here are some other walks you might enjoy this week, or at any time over the summer – don’t forget to send us your pictures, we’d love to see them!

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Why not try the Trent?

Why not try the Trent?

What puts boaters off cruising on the River Trent? Is it their lack of experience, perception that it’s risky, or do they just prefer the feel of the narrow canals to the wide rivers? These questions are being asked by a short online survey that aims to understand why many boaters don’t venture onto the Trent, how to encourage more boaters to give rivers a try.

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Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis

Bird watch: 6 species to look out for on the waterways this summer

With the summer approaching, it’s not just boaters who come out to play when the sun shines – the canals are home to no end of different bird species, so much so that many waterways have been rated as nature sites at local and national levels.

Here’s a list of some of the most prevalent ones to keep an eye out for this season; some you’ll see frequently, while others can be a bit shy.

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Pubs along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal

8 of the best pubs along the Leeds & Liverpool canal

The Leeds & Liverpool canal is the lengthiest canal in Northern England at 127 miles - so you may need to stop at a couple of watering holes along the way… We’ve accumulated a list of the top pubs from Leeds to Liverpool, with great mooring points nearby to keep you going on your cruise.

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Canal Boats

Ideal boat, Ted, on the Bridgewater at Outrington

Me and my boats: Polishing off some really happy times

Five canal boats in 22 years, all fanatically polished by Ian, provided some happy travelling – and a profit. It seems Ian and Michelle now have their ideal boat... but will another one come along to tempt them?

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Crick 2015

Photos from Crick Boat Show 2015

Crick Boat Show 2015 was a lively and successful year for those involved in the industry. Here are some photos from the fantastic event this year.

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This could be your view!

Looking for a holiday? Here are six top places to go both at home and away.

Whether you’re a narrowboat novice or a lock navigating expert, we’ve chosen six of our favourite locations to take a canal boating holiday across Europe.

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Can you guess the lock?

So you think you are a canal boating expert? Test your knowledge by guessing the names of these famous British locks

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