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October 2020 issue

On the October 2020 cover ... Crossing Pool Lock Aqueduct over the Trent & Mersey Canal

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All our Regular Features –

On the Cut

Place to go and things to do


Debate and opinions


New waterway publications

Waterways News 

All the latest from around the waterways

Boats & Pieces

New products for boatowners

Boating Forum

Your technical questions answered by our team of experts

Bespoke 60-footer

Boat Review

Boating Leisure Services’ latest is a semi-trad narrowboat with an unusual reverse-layout. Just days after its launch, Mark Langley jumped aboard


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Most Memorable Wildlife Encounters

Waterways Wildlife

One of the primary appeals of the inland waterways is the opportunity to observe and interact with wildlife. The WW team share their experiences

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Extreme Boating

It’s been 30 years since the first Dover-Calais crossing by narrowboat. Chris Coburn tells WW what inspired his intrepid cruise, and how he doubts the trip would be possible today

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WW Guide to Cruising the Cheshire Ring

From the Cheshire Plain to the bright lights of Manchester via the incomparable Peak District, this is a cruise to savour.

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Dark Days on the Cut: Part Two

Looking Back

In Victorian times, a relaxed towpath stroll could be anything but.  Incidents of petty crime were common, as Roger Butler reveals.

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Oil Aboard!

Waterways Art

High-profile commissions have taken artist Rob Pointon across the world, but he continues to draw inspiration from the canals and rivers closer to home. We take a look at his latest waterway-themed work

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Tow the Line

Boat-Owner Advice

From cross straps to insurance cover, WW answers all your towing queries

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Norbury to Newport

Restoration Walk

Andrew Denny takes a stroll along the old line of the Shrewsbury & Newport Canal, to investigate its restoration plans and potential

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Life Afloat in Pics

Liveaboard Life

Professional photographer Howard Davies refl ects on two years living aboard his 58ft narrowboat and shares some of his favourite canal-related shots

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Keeping it in the Family

Waterways Industry

Dad’s Boats director Stephen Pitkethly tells WW how a heart-warming backstory and growing appetite for sustainable boating could finally give his father-in-law’s pedal-craft the attention they deserve

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Last Word

A New Deal?

John Liley proposes that our waterways can offer a stepping stone towards economic recovery, with benefits for all

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