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July 2023 issue

On the cover of the July issue... Cruising the Coventry Canal near Hopwas.

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Bespoke by Bluewater

Boat Review

With a go-anywhere length and owners committed to extended cruising, there’s nothing parochial about narrowboat Essex Girl. Mark Langley reviews this recently completed Bluewater Boats craft

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Reaching Ripon

Explore Yorkshire

Leisure boater David Irving finally made it to the Ripon Canal this spring, concluding a wide-ranging tour of the waterways of the north of England

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Coronations on the Cut

Looking Back

How working boaters celebrated the three coronations of the 20th century

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Coventry Canal

Cruising Guide

Being sent to Coventry needn’t be a hardship if you go by canal. James Francis Fox cruises through the heart of England

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Capturing Continuous Cruising

Liveaboard Life

Solo boating, living aboard and holding down a job on the move are never easy. Robbie Cumming describes the unique challenges of filming BBC Four’s Canal Boat Diaries and his coping strategies

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Boating the Good Life

Reader's Boat

Artist Michaela Cordes reveals how moving afloat allowed her to reconnect with nature and inspired a greener way of living

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An Ambitious Inaugural Cruise

Reader's Boat

Having swapped a GRP cruiser for a second-hand 25ft narrowboat, Janet Gascoigne had to undertake a 200-mile journey with her new acquisition, from Worcestershire to Wiltshire…

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Bringing Dredging to the Surface

Waterways Dredging

Silted-up waterways have long caused frustration for boaters. So why isn’t more being done about it? Tony Jones speaks to CRT dredging manager Peter Birch…

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Budget hire-boating on the Llangollen

Hire-Boating Holiday

Desperate to go boating without spending a fortune, Betty Lowbridge booked an out-of-season trip on the Llangollen Canal. Despite not everything going to plan, she discovered that boating in March has its advantages

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Stourport Basins

Waterways Hotspot

Andy Tidy explores the beautifully persevered network of Georgian basins at Stourport

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Scrap the barriers?

Last Word

A recent encounter with towpath motorbikers was a traumatic learning experience, says Andrew Denny. But what of the barriers designed to prevent such misuse?

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