May 5 2015 Latest news:
You won’t often see boats south of Welshpool on the Montgomery Canal – but this year there’s a rare chance to not only see one but ride on it.
A ‘cuckoo boat’ – the characteristic working narrowboat of the Chesterfield Canal (nobody’s quite sure where the name came from) – is now floating on the canal for the first time in many years, with the launch of an exact replica of the historic boats.
Narrowboats on hire will now be able to return to the upper Thames tideway, following the lifting of a ban by the Port of London Authority - but whether they will again be seen on the lower length through central London (as pictured) is yet to be decided.
Test your canal boating knowledge by guessing the names of these famous British aqueducts
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.
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.
At only 8.6 miles long, you could cruise the length of the Regent’s Canal in a day; but we believe the charm of the waterways is learning how to slow down not just literally but metaphorically too. We’ve devised a way to make the Regent’s Canal cruise last you a week, from the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal to Limehouse Basin, with plenty of things to see and do along the way.
Buy a Lamborghini under the new pension rules? We reckon the smart money under the new freedoms is on using some of your pension pot to buy a boat – so we went shopping with £50,000
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.
So you think you are a canal boating expert? Test your knowledge by guessing the names of these famous British locks