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January 2023 issue

On the cover of the January issue... Winter at Aldermaston Wharf on the Kennet & Avon Canal.

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'Off the shelf' special

Boat Review

Ovation Boats’ latest is an off-the-shelf narrowboat that allows for design tweaks by owners. Mark Langley takes a look

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A modern hire boat

Hire-Boat Review

This summer Mark Langley spent a week on a canal holiday, allowing him to give a comprehensive review of a hire-boat from Trinity Boats – a company that also builds craft for private customers

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Foxes on the Caledonian Canal

Hire-Boat Holiday

On the 200th anniversary year of Scotland’s Caledonian Canal, Colin Dobson-Fox set out to explore it by hire-boat

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48 hours in Lancaster

Explore Lancaster

Historic Lancaster is among the highlights of its eponymous canal. Tony Jones spends two days in the city

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Flower Power

Looking Back

Andrew Denny views the classic ’60s TV series Flower of Gloster and marvels at the canals and characters of a bygone era

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South Oxford Canal

WW Guide to South Oxford Canal

Bookended by bustling Braunston and the dreaming spires of Oxford, this is one of Britain’s finest rural canals. James Francis Fox cruises south...

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An uphill task

Looking Back

Built as an alternative to lock flights, boat-lifts have had a chequered history – as Andy Tidy reveals...

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The Gallop Home

Cruising the Waterways

The latter half of David Courtney’s 2022 cruising tour saw him race against time as water shortages and canal closures took hold

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Failing the test

Boat-Ownership

BSS examiner Rupert Smedley looks at ten common reasons why craft don’t pass

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Water points

Boat Services

Researchers Ruth Sylvester and Helen Underhill speak with boaters around the network to find out about the provision of sanitation services on our waterways

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Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas Gifts

Stocking fillers and present ideas inspired by the inland waterways

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What's bugging you?

Boat-Ownership

As if dealing with the increasingly frequent problems caused by diesel bug wasn’t enough, there’s now a new set of challenges that boaters need to be aware of. Tony Jones finds out more

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History of the Hatherton Canal

Looking Back

Sunk by the coal industry it was built for, the Hatherton Canal was short-lived. Andy Tidy explores the history of this Staffs & Worcs branch

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Death of a visionary

Last Word

When pioneering engineer James Brindley died 250 years ago, the concept of a national canal network was thrown into grave doubt. Christine Richardson reveals how, against the odds, Canal Mania still happened

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