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Two short but interesting river navigations connect the Thames and Regents Canal via London’s Olympic venues to the attractive countryside of North Essex and Hertfordshire

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Our walk begins in urban Banbury but the Oxford Canal quickly heads out to a more rural setting with a charming collection of lift-bridges

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Chester is well known for the popular circular walk around the ancient city walls. But we’ve combined them with the Shropshire Union Canal and River Dee to make a rather different circuit

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Take a walk that combines two contrasting waterways: the broad reaches of the River Severn, and the rural meanderings of the Droitwich Barge Canal

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Follow the River Kennet through rural Berkshire and the centre of Reading, to reach the Thames

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Sign up, get your trainers on and prepare for a picturesque half marathon or 10k

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Calling all would-be lockies! There are vacancies around the country

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The waterway’s long-term survival relies on funding as authorities face a £6m backlog

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Support the new proposed route, which will result in less damage for the waterway

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Towpaths are getting smoother and wider, but CB columnist and award-winning current affairs TV producer, journalist and author Steve Haywood asks whether they’re for everyone or just speeding cyclists

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A flat rate for all craft over 50ft has been replaced with a sliding scale, with the longest boats seeing the greatest rise

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The 93-mile stretch of the Trent & Mersey passes through Cheshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire. It simply takes in too many sights and features – the Cheshire Plain, Anderton Boat Lift, Harecastle Tunnel, Flyover Junction, Heartbreak Hill, Shardlow to name a few – for boaters not to need plenty of places to stop for a drink along the way. Here are some of the best…

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Book now for London moorings in 2017!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Just weeks after the Canal & River Trust’s first trial of pre-pay bookable visitor moorings in London began, slots for late spring and summer are already being rapidly booked up

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If you can commit to a walk along the city’s canals each week for two months looking for signs of otters and their habitats, then get involved

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It is not the first time this stretch of waterway has been hit, causing disruption to boaters and thousands of pounds in damage

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See in the New Year by exploring 18th-century engineering marvels and a history dating back 428 million years

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“It was weird – it just rolled straight in and started bobbing on the water… he calmly trotted back to his car and roared off”

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“Journalists are often accused of putting a spin on stories, so I thought I’d give this one to you as it came to me so you could make up your own minds”

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If the trial is successful, the Canal & River Trust will consider expanding to other places across London’s waterways

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Red suits, white beards, tinsel- and reindeer-decorated canoes – a splash of Santas isn’t the usual wildlife you’d expect to see on the canal network

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CB columnist Steve Haywood has a confession to make about boating in the autumn and winter months – all he asks is that you keep it quiet

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Vicky Blick has a nutritional and cheap meal that uses the veggies that can grow on your boat

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Wildlife on the waterside: corvids

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

After the harvest comes in, nature’s knacker men take over the fields and eat almost anything, as Pip Webster explains

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It seems more and more boaters are braving the colder months to make the most of the waterways – or just bunker down in grim conditions

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Words on Water praises the tireless work of volunteers after the Boxing Day floods last year and marks the Leeds & Liverpool bicentenary

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