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September 2022 issue

On the cover of the September issue... A narrowboat on the Johnson’s Hillock flight of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.

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Boat Review: Two-bed Floating home

Boat Review

Mirfield Boat Company builds a variety of craft to bespoke and standard specifications. Mark Langley looks at an example of the latter – a 60ft by 12ft wide-beam aimed at the cruising liveaboard market

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Out of Africa

Liveaboard Life

From hot-air balloons to hunting rhino-poachers – here are the remarkable stories of two liveaboard boaters who left their homes in South Africa to start a new life on the UK’s inland waterways

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The Bottom Road

Explore The West Midlands

Andrew Denny’s favourite route out of Birmingham was hated by the working boatmen of WWII. But a lot has changed since then...

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The Lost Canal Film

Looking Back

Shot around Braunston in 1971 and starring Robert Powell, Running Scared is a fully fledged canal film. So why have you never seen it? Tim Coghlan reveals all...

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Cruising Guide: Central Leeds & Liverpool

WW Guide to the Central Leeds & Liverpool

Lancashire’s mills and moorlands are a beguiling backdrop to the L&L from Wigan to Foulridge Tunnel. James Francis Fox explores the route

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Tale of Two Rivers

Cruising the Waterways

David Irving cruises the rivers Trent and Witham on an exploration of the eastern extremities of the inland network

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New Dawn

Reader's Boat

Dawn Piper is a 30ft narrowboat built in 1971 and recently refitted in a fabulous retro style. WW visits the Lancaster Canal to find out more

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Best Practice Boat-Building

Boat-Building Advice

How can boat-builders better meet the requirements of their customers? This was a much-discussed topic in the seminar marquee at the Crick Boat Show. Mark Langley reports on the suggestions and provides a few of his own.

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Boats at Braunston

Around the Waterways

Tony Jones provides the stories of four stand-out narrowboats from this year’s Braunston Historic Boat Rally

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Voyage into Ireland

Looking Back

Back in 1970, Roger Burnett crossed the Irish Sea in a newly purchased sloop to explore the waterways of the Emerald Isle. In an extract from his book of the trip, he reveals how the voyage came about and shares his treasured photos

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48 hours in Skipton

Explore Skipton

This quintessential North Yorkshire market town is worth two days of any boater’s schedule. Tony Jones is our guide

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Boat skills shortage

Last Word

Matt Armitage has operated Tooley’s Boatyard on the Oxford Canal for over 20 years. He calls for a national apprenticeship scheme geared specifically to inland boating

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