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July 2021 issue

On the June 2021 cover … review boat Cakes & Ale No 2 out on the waters of Dunchurch Pools Marina on the central Grand Union, by Mark Langley

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Made to Measure

New Boat Review

MGM’s latest is a 65ft narrowboat built to the owners’ very detailed specification. Mark Langley examines how the criteria of “space saving and innovation” have been met

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The Big Issue

London Liveaboards

WW takes a closer look at London’s floating housing crisis

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What the Dickens?

Looking Back

Charles Dickens had an unromantic view of British canals; but would American waterways win him over? Sarah Henshaw joins him on an 1842 cruise across Pennsylvania…

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WW Guide to the Upper Thames

Between Lechlade and Abingdon the Thames charts a tortuous course through remote water meadows and sleepy hamlets. James Francis Fox is our guide

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A Family Adventure on the Broads

Hire-boat Holidays

As soon as lockdown restrictions were eased, Jo Kessel and her family headed for a relaxed weekend holiday on the Norfolk Broads. Except it didn’t prove quite as relaxing as intended

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Touring the West Midlands - 50 Years Ago: Part 2

Looking Back

Max & Edna Holgate’s 1971 cruise had already taken in a variety of waterways but it was now on to industrial Birmingham and a roaming route back to base. Roger Butler follows their course

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Home from Home

Reader's Boat

In the space of a year Chris Death fitted out his own narrowboat and packed it with clever features. WW inspects his work

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A Pandemic Push

Liveaboard Life

The Covid outbreak gave Deena Ingham and husband Steve the impetus to begin new lives as continuous-cruisers aboard a 50ft narrowboat. Six months in, they haven’t looked back

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Made in Chelsea


Writer and impressionist Julian Dutton explains why a houseboat upbringing in Chelsea inspired him to pen a social history of liveaboards

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A Bridgewater Dream

Bedford Basin Restoration

Andrew Denny meets a couple who brought an old Bridgewater Canal colliery basin back to life and built their dream home

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Last Word

Hirers, Hen Parties and Household Names

Brian Bayston looks back on a varied ten years of volunteer lock-keeping

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