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September 2020 issue

On the September 2020 cover ... Tackling Lapworth Locks on the Stratford 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


Boat Review

Colecraft's latest is a 62ft narrowboat built for a cruising couple, with an unusual layout to allow visitors to sleep in private quarters

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The BAME Game

Why are our canals and rivers still largely the preserve of a white, affluent demographic? What is stopping our waterways from being a more welcoming place for all?

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High and Dry at Denver

Chris Howes relates how he spent 11 hours stranded on a sandbank during his first cruise of the year on the River Great Ouse

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WW Guide to Cruising the Warwickshire Ring

For sheer variety, this circular week-long cruise through the heart of England has plenty to offer - urban Birmingham, busy Braunston, peaceful Midlands countryside and the 21-lock Hatton Flight

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Dark Days on the Cut

Looking Back

Back in the Victorian era, death, disease and crime were an everyday aspect of life on the cut

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Six Months to Skipton

Cruising the Leeds & Liverpool Canal

When Andrew Denny set out on the L&L from Leeds in January, he wasn't expecting to take half a year to reach his destination 30 miles away. Little did he know that a medical emergency would be the least of his boating issues along the way ...

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Canal Campers

Reader’s Boat

First time boaters Pete Ewards and his wife Peggy took a relaxed approach to moving on board 57ft sailaway Peggy Ann, bringing the tools in tow and sleeping in a tent for eight months

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Hair-raising Cruise on the Tidal Ouse

Explore River Ouse

On a spring tide, Ian Wright and his wife Helen took thier narrowboat from Goole to Barmby – and got a lttle more than they bargained for

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The Waterways Board


As the popularity of paddleboarding continues to grow, Paul Miles explains how an inflatable board perfectly complements life as a residential narrowboater

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Castles on the Cut


Medieval strongholds are as much part of the landscape for today's boater as the working boatmen who painted them on their cabinsides. We take a look at some of the famed fortifications and ruined ramparts around the network

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Last Word

Long-life Lock Gates

Vice presidents of the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust, Bill Fisher and Terry Kemp describe the benefits of the  steel lock gates recently installed near Hunderford


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