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May 2021 issue

On the May 2021 cover … hybrid boat Old Nick out on the waters of Droitwich Spa Marina, by Mark Langley.

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Hello and Goodbye

On The Cut

We meet the fi rst-time boater who moved afl oat last year, and a couple who’ve recently left London’s waterways for life on dry land

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Roadmap to Reopening

News Focus

WW looks at how the Government’s out-of-lockdown masterplan impacts inland boating

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New Boat Review: Unique Hybrid Narrowboat

Boat Review

Old Nick is the latest from green boat-builder Ortomarine, and includes highly sophisticated power and propulsion systems. Mark Langley takes a look…

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Love for the Mon & Brec

Hire-boat Holidays

Keith and Janet Woodward have been taking annual holidays on the Mon & Brec for 26 years. They tell us why they love the Welsh waterway and its electric hire-boats

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Twilight of Horse-boating on the BCN

Looking Back

Andy Tidy narrates photos showing the last horse-boat operation on the West Midland waterways in the 1970s

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WW Guide to the Lower Great Ouse

Want to avoid the lock queues of the Midlands? Then try the Lower Great Ouse and its delectable tributaries the Rivers Lark, Little Ouse and Wissey. James Francis Fox cruises downstream from Ely.

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The Adventure Starts Here?

Waterways Adventure

Sarah Henshaw asks three travel writers whether our serene canals can ever accommodate classic adventure trips.

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Hotel-boating in Cheshire

Looking Back

In June 1959, Max Holgate enjoyed a hotel-boat cruise through Cheshire, which entailed a couple of unexpected trips on the Anderton Lift. Roger Butler relives his journey

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48 Hours in Worcester

Explore Worcester

Boaters get the best views of the compact cathedral city on the Severn. Richard Fairhurst is your local guide.

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How to Buy a Liveaboard Boat

Boating Advice

Tony Jones identifies some important criteria when choosing a narrowboat to reside on.

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Cross Country Cruising

Continuous Cruising

Last year ambitious boater Jon Reynolds covered 700 miles of waterways in his quest to cruise the entire network. He relives the convoluted journey from Blisworth to West Stockwith.

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The Boating Bridgerton

Interview

Actor Claudia Jessie tells WW how she’s juggling Netflix success with life aboard her narrowboat

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Last Word

Waterways Trolls

While vlogging has introduced the joys of inland boating to a worldwide audience, for the creators of this content it often entails being subject to online abuse. Colin Dobson-Fox shares his experiences of internet trolls

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