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September 2021 issue

On the cover of the September 2021 issue… Cruising the Grand Union Canal at Stoke Bruerne, Northamptonshire.

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Testing Patience

New Boat Review

Patience is a bespoke, go-anywhere narrowboat commissioned by a couple wanting to regularly accommodate guests aboard. Mark Langley finds out more…

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Carry on Camping

Camping Boats

Sarah Henshaw meets the couple dedicated to keeping camping boat holidays alive on our canals

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Brought up on a Boat

Looking Back

Nigel Lincoln recalls his bohemian upbringing on a former working narrowboat in the 1950s

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Guide to the Central Grand Union Canal

WW Guide

So much more than an A-to-B waterway, the central Grand Union offers its own brand of characterful cruising. James Francis Fox boats from Napton Junction to Milton Keynes

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Crick products


The latest products and ideas on show at Crick

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Oxford to Llangollen

Long-Distance Cruising

This summer Howard Davies completed the first leg of a 650-mile round trip from Oxford, by reaching Llangollen. He recalls highlights of his roaming route

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Arteries of Commerce

Looking Back

In the early 1930s, the newly established Grand Union Canal Company published a detailed commercial guide to promote its modernised waterway. Roger Butler takes a look…

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End-of-Garden Boat Build

Sailaway Project

Yardarm is a 45ft sailaway fitted out by owner Steve Hastings at the end of his garden on the Macclesfield Canal. Bobby Cowling pays a visit…

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Directory Enquiries


John Pomfret, the man behind the definitive mileage of our inland waterways, tells WW how a lifetime of intrepid cruising part-inspired his research

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From Backpacks to Boats

Liveaboard Life

Adam Lind and his fiancée Lauren Coley discovered freedom and community spirit on the UK’s canals after six years of international travel

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A River Reawakens

Oxford Thames

Author Andy Griffee revisits the Thames setting of his latest novel to see how the boating fraternity there is recovering from a difficult pandemic year

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A Step Backwards

Last Word

Serial fundraiser Stuart Kettell explains why his headline-grabbing, 100-mile Grand Union walk – backwards! – in July might be his most successful challenge to date

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