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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Holiday boating is back on Britain’s canals and rivers - and it looks set for a belated summer boom

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Out and about
Thursday, July 9, 2020

Here’s our roundup of some of the most interesting and attractive cruising routes around Britain to help you decide

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Out and about
Friday, March 27, 2020

Crick Boat Show postponed, many events cancelled. Museums, trip boats, theatre, working parties all curtailed

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Out and about
Monday, March 16, 2020

Crick Boat Show has become the latest inland waterways event to be put on hold as a result of the Coronovirus threat

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Out and about
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

It will be bunnies, eggs and hot cross buns galore on the Chesterfield Canal this Easter

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Event
Thursday, February 27, 2020

We’ve picked some of the best IWA events happening across the canals this month

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Out and about
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

The soft stone suffered from weathering and vandalism – and it proved difficult to source a replacement

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News
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

We have gathered 10 great pubs to visit along the River Wey Navigation

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Canals
Friday, May 31, 2019

Ditch the boat and follow the footsteps of King Offa along the ancient earthworks which created Welsh border country. Daniel Parry set out on a four-hour foray in the hills

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Out and about
Friday, May 17, 2019

Boating tourism is on the rise according to figures released recently

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News
Thursday, March 7, 2019

Trailable narrowboats will be heading north this summer as the Inland Waterways Association’s National Trailboat Festival returns to the Lancaster Canal

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News
Thursday, March 7, 2019

The pub on the Wilts & Berks Canal has an unusual feature: a newly-built narrowboat with cosy seating inside

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News
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

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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Feature
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

From Saturday 27th - Monday 29th May, Crick Boat Show is back

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Event
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

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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Guides
Thursday, August 4, 2016

VOTE! for your favourite 2016 waterside watering spot

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Feature
Thursday, July 7, 2016

People are being invited to have a free go at paddle boarding and kayaking at Aylesbury Basin on Saturday 16 July from 10am - 3pm.

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Event
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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Feature
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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Friday, May 27, 2016

Finally it’s arrived – one of the best weekends of the year for boaters and, as always, there will be plenty to see and do at the Crick Boat Show.

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Feature
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The K&A is home to some of the prettiest towns and villages in the UK. Starting in Bath and moving on through the country to Reading, we’ve picked eight of the prettiest towns and villages that every boater must visit.

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Feature
Monday, May 9, 2016

With summer just around the corner and warmer weather on its way, we’ve put together a guide of the best 8 canal-side walks. Britain’s towpaths are the perfect place to appreciate all the scenery, history and wildlife that our waterways have to offer.

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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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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Our waterways play host to a variety of incredible festivals and events that showcase all the wonders and beauty that canals and rivers have to offer. They’re a time for the boating community and others to come together and enjoy good food, good beer and good company.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Nothing beats mooring up and quenching your thirst in a cosy pub after a day on the waterways – especially on a cold, winter day. Here are ten of our favourite places to eat and drink in.

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Feature
Monday, September 28, 2015

This video clip, sponsored by leading boat insurance specialists Haven Knox-Johnston and created by award winning documentary filmmaker John Boyle, features footage from The Great Motorboat Tour in which John undertook a circumnavigation of the British Isles in his motorboat ‘Shark Bay’. It covers the journey from Lossiemouth into the Caledonian Canal and the journey through Scotland’s most spectacular scenery to the West Coast. This particular stretch of canal is definitely a fantastic inspiration for all inland boat owners.

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Boats
Friday, September 25, 2015

You might wonder how the inland waterways link to the Southampton Boat Show, but you only have to go once to see just how connected the two are.

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Event
Thursday, September 10, 2015

If you’re planning to buy a new boat there’s a lot to think about so, to help you decide what you might like, we’ve checked them out from big to small, wide to narrow – and there are some terrific new ideas

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Feature

For every positive event, is there a negative one waiting to happen? The Surridge’s thought so on their eventful journey from Skipton to Bristol...

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Feature
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

There’s nothing quite like tying up and quenching your thirst in a cosy pub after a day on the waterways - and the Grand Union has an abundance of fantastic places to choose from and only a few steps away from the water’s edge too. Here are eight of our favourite canal side places to eat and drink in, along the GU.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

There is nowhere we’d rather be on a warm summer’s day than cruising along the cut - and the Grand Union Canal is a great spot to take in some beautiful sights of the British waterways. Whether it’s rain or shine where you are, we’ve found 15 summery pictures of the GU to brighten your day.

If you’ve taken some great shots around the waterways, you could see them star in next year’s calendar. Why not send them to Photosoftheyear@canalboat.co.uk, we can’t wait to see them and everyone who is featured in the calendar will get a year’s digital subscription to Canal Boat.

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Feature
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

After many shorter cruises, Ken and his wife Liz rented out their home, moved aboard their boat and went exploring around the UK for six years

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Feature
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
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

With reported sightings of celebrities on the British waterways ever growing, here is a line-up of famous faces just as passionate about canal boating as we are…

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Feature
Friday, June 12, 2015

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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Feature
Monday, June 1, 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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Feature
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A mood of optimism at this year’s Crick Boat Show saw a good turnout of visitors on the Saturday and Sunday, many exhibitors reporting good business, and several boats and boat shares sold during the weekend.

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Feature
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The ‘duck lanes’ which appeared on some city canal towpaths recently may have seemed like a joke – but there’s a serious message in the Canal & River Trust’s lighthearted publicity campaign: to get cyclists, joggers and other towpath users to slow down and share the available space.

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News
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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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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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Feature
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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Feature
Thursday, March 5, 2015

From Gloucester to Stourport, the River Severn acts as a popular destination for pleasure boaters and holiday makers. We’ve assembled a list of our top 10 pubs to quench your thirst in along the way.

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Out and about
Wednesday, September 3, 2014

It’s September which means it’s time for the last big boat show of the season – and this year the PSP Southampton Boat Show will once again be the location for many firsts in boating.

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Event
Friday, August 1, 2014

If you’re in Yorkshire and you fancy some entertainment, the Sobriety Project at the Yorkshire Waterways Museum in Goole has two fun upcoming events:

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News
Thursday, July 3, 2014

There’s a big party at Stratford-upon-Avon this weekend to mark the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth and the restoration of the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal and the Upper Avon in Warwickshire.

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News
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Crick was a typical boat show again this year – heavy rain, glorious sunshine and a violent hailstorm just to liven things up… but despite all that, as our video shows, the turnout of boats and boating fans was excellent.

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Out and about
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Calling all youngsters between the ages of seven and 14 years! Ever wondered what it would be like to be a lock-keeper?

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News
Thursday, March 27, 2014

Never been on a canal boat before? Worried that it might be too difficult for you? There’s no need to be concerned: hundreds of first-time hirers do it every year.

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