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Thursday, April 29, 2021

Part 1 of our cruise guide to Grand Union Canal, Birmingham, takes us past varied scenery & canal-side pubs to Napton Juntion

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Friday, March 5, 2021

Our round-up of the most interesting and attractive canal routes around Britain; ideal for those wanting a quieter “getaway” canal boat trip

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Turn off the popular River Thames at Weybridge for a peaceful journey on the River Wey through quiet Surrey countryside to reach the southernmost point on the waterway network

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Guides
Friday, June 21, 2019

We have gathered some great pubs on the Stourport Ring to complement our cruise guide

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Guides
Friday, June 21, 2019

Two narrow canals, one broad canal and one river make up the first part of this varied Midlands circuit, as we cruise from Hanbury via Droitwich and Stourport to Stourton.

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Friday, August 24, 2018

One of our earliest industrial canals, the Bridgewater was ahead of its time, and its sturdy construction still impresses in its modern role as a vital link in the north west’s leisure network

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

From Little Venice we follow London’s canal past the crowds at Camden Lock and through the less well-known lengths further east to reach Limehouse, the Olympic Park, and London’s newest waterway ring

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Jane Ainsworth continues her 6000 mile Great Loop. This year she travels from Canada through the Great Lakes to Illinois

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Monday, January 22, 2018

After the tortuous windings of the southern Oxford, the northern part comes as a contrast - a result of an 1830s shortening exercise whose traces are still visible to today’s leisure boaters

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

One end is in rural Derbyshire, the other in the heart of Manchester, but both canals form a vital link in the Cheshire Ring - and some attractive cruising too

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

With the Cheshire Plain on one side and the Peak District hills on the other, the Macclesfield provides glorious views, splendid old mills, and a rhyme about a bear...

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Guides
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The coal traffic which sustained Yorkshire’s busiest freight waterway for three centuries may have vanished, but the Aire & Calder is still impressive to cruise - and may yet have a cargo-carrying future

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Cruises
Monday, February 13, 2017

In the second leg of their travels, Jane and Ian Ainsworth cross the border, where they find crystal clear waters, engineering marvels and beautiful countryside - as well as what a ‘loonie’ is

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Cruises
Thursday, February 9, 2017

It wasn’t just in England that canal mania took hold – a link between New York and the Great Lakes goes back to the early 19th century. In part one, Jane and Ian Ainsworth start their cruise on the Erie, get to grips with American locks and face some hideous weather

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Cruises
Thursday, November 24, 2016

It’s huge and busy, but it’s not all that difficult to traverse and can save a lot of cruising time. Stuart Coney explores the Manchester Ship Canal

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Choice
Friday, August 19, 2016

Since the birth of the smart phone taking wonderful photographs whilst you’re out and about has never been so easy. We’ve scoured the web and Instagram to find some of, what we feel, are the best photos of our canals. Take a look at let us know if you agree!

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Monday, July 4, 2016

The 66 mile long Shropshire Union Canal is one of Britain’s most popular waterways. Apart from its journey through the city of Chester, it is almost entirely rural, often passing through remote countryside. Whether you are boating or walking, if you want to ‘get away from it all’ then the ‘Shroppie’ is for you. After extensive “research” we’ve picked our favourite pubs to help you get the most out of your trip to the ‘Shroppie’, Cheers!

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Everyone loves going on holiday – getting away from the hustle and bustle and enjoying a hard-earned break from the office - for some, it’s all about sandy beaches and turquoise oceans, for others it’s the culture filled cities bursting with quaint cafés and local restaurants. Why not try something a little different this year and take yourself on a boating holiday. Not convinced? Keep reading!

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Ahh the Oxford, so pretty, so peaceful, stunning scenery and more pubs then you can shake a stick at. We’ve selected eight canal/river side pubs based on location, menus and beer list that we feel are some of the best that Oxfordshire has to offer. That being said, we at Canal Boat like to hear from you, so if you can think of a pub that should be on this list that isn’t – then please feel free to let us know!

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Is there anything better then holidaying on a canal? Life slows to a walking pace allowing you to enjoy the breathtaking views and abundant heritage that the waterways have to offer. We’ve picked 8 different holiday locations that are perfect for every type of boater.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The Regent’s canal is one of London’s best kept secrets. Often hidden by the city’s surrounding buildings – it is home to a patchwork of urban architecture and peaceful scenery. A quick search of Instagram reveals a myriad of incredible photographs taken by the public that capture all of the colours and character this canal has to offer.

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Monday, September 7, 2015

In CB, Aug 2014, Chris told us how, after touring the canals of France, he was going to explore the UK’s waterways. Now he’s back to tell us how he got on…

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

From Reading to Bristol, the Kennet & Avon Canal acts as a popular destination for pleasure boaters and holiday makers alike. Due to popular demand, we’ve assembled a list of our favourite pubs to quench your thirst in along the way.

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Out and about
Monday, April 27, 2015

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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Cruises
Monday, April 13, 2015

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.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

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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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

With their straight courses and few locks, they might not be the most exciting of waterways – but the Fossdyke and Witham are well worth a visit for their history, the ‘big sky’ country, and for the cruise into historic Lincoln and Boston

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Navigation
Monday, August 5, 2013

The southern Grand Union forms the backbone of the canal system in the southern half of the country, was once a busy trade artery.

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Cruises
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

By Fiona and John Slee

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Canals
Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Always on the move - Narrowboat Epiphany

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Canals
Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Words and images by Fiona Slee

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