In a series of fortnightly interviews with personalities from around the waterway network, Waterways World Editor, Bobby Cowling, explores the rich culture of our inland navigations.
Whether you’re a boater, walker, nature-lover or heritage enthusiast, each episode will bring you closer to this unique world with a peaceful, slower pace of life, and give fascinating insights into our industrial past.
Waterways writer and historian Andy Tidy
Regular Waterways World contributor Andy Tidy discusses life as a roving trader in 2020 and his passion for waterways history, particularly the canals of the West Midlands.
Released: 15th January 2021
Marina owner Tim Coghlan
Marina owner and waterways heritage champion Tim Coghlan discusses the challenges of running a boat business this year, the changes he’s observed during his 32 years at Braunston and his celebrity boating friends.
Released: 18th December 2020
IWA National Chairman Paul Rodgers
A year into the role of national chairman of the Inland Waterways Association, Paul Rodgers discusses his vision for the future of the charity, the challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic and his fairly recent introduction to canal cruising
Released: 4th December 2020
Sir David Suchet on boating
Actor Sir David Suchet, best known for playing Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, is an avid boater and prominent champion of waterways restoration. In conversation with the WW team, he describes being a trial-blazing liveaboard boater in the 1970s, his passion for waterways history and his recent acquisition of a narrowboat.
Released: 20th November 2020
Richard Fairhurst - cartographer and waterways enthusiast
Cartographer Richard Fairhurst discusses his passion for mapping our inland routes, along with his career in waterways journalism, his interest in canal restoration and his recent outings aboard his 40ft narrowboat.
Released: 6th November 2020
Sarah Henshaw on roving trading
Drawing on her experiences of running a narrowboat bookshop, author and WW deputy editor Sarah Henshaw discusses life as a roving trader on the inland waterways, along with some of her other boat-based adventures.
Released: 23rd October 2020
TV star Robbie Cumming
Popular waterways vlogger and TV star Robbie Cumming discusses the making of the second series of his BBC programme, ‘Canal Boat Diaries’, and the challenges and delights of solo boating. His conversation with editor Bobby Cowling was recorded outdoors at Gas Street Basin in September 2020. (Photo: Tim Smith)
Released: 9th October 2020
Professional Artist Rob Pointon talks about his love of waterways
Celebrated waterways artist Rob Pointon talks about the inspiration he takes from Britain’s canals and rivers, and his year exploring them aboard a narrowboat
Released: 25th September 2020