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As the canal system continues to suffer the after-effects of the hot dry early summer, we ask the Canal & River Trust what the prognosis is for routes affected by water shortage, and for the longer term future

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October 2018

Cruising to the calming clip-clop of a plucky pony pulling the packet boat, David Johns finds himself musing over the bright side of liveaboard life

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September 2018

Steve Haywood: left high and dry

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The problem with summer on the canals, even when we have beautiful weather

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September 2018

Many waterways take decades to restore, but here’s one which could be completed much more quickly. We look at a new scheme to revive north Kent’s Dartford & Crayford Navigation

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August 2018

We follow 37 miles of the River Avon as it flows down from Warwickshire into Worcestershire, passing Mediaeval abbeys and bridges, glorious countryside, and historic Stratford-upon-Avon

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August 2018

The plan to open up a length of the Cotswold Canals linking the Stroud valley to the waterways network likely to go ahead

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Whether you are a boating novice looking to create a good impression or an experienced cruiser trying to help and advise, these guidelines from Steve Vaughan of Willow Wren Training are sure to set the right tone

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May 2018

Intrepid liveaboarder David Johns has come clean... he’ll cruise anywhere, anytime but those double locks are downright daunting for a solo crewer

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April 2018

A simple question on the Narrowboat Owners Group on Facebook has got people sharing their objects lost to the canals

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Steve Haywood is an award-winning current affairs TV producer, journalist and author who has been a boat owner for nearly 40 years

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March 2018

The Thames, the Lee, the Grand Union and the Regent weren’t the capital’s only waterways. A team from the London Canal Museum has been tracking down the rest of the city’s canals...

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February 2018

Waterside wildlife: moss

Thursday, January 25, 2018

“The amphibians of the plant world”, mosses live on land but depend on water to reproduce. Commonly found in wooded areas, the edges of streams and my lawn, mosses can grow anywhere in cool, damp, cloudy conditions, which probably fairly accurately describes the British climate. There are over 600 species of moss in the UK varying from coarse tufts to compact green cushions – each made of many tiny moss plants packed together to hold onto water.

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January 2018

Following another successful Braunston Historic Narrowboat Rally this summer, we’ve put together a walk with a choice of distances, all of which take in this village at the heart of the canal system

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A group based in East Anglia faced a race against time to save a historic lock from collapsing – and this summer, volunteers working there found themselves struggling against the tide too...

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