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January 2021 issue

On the January 2020 cover ... Narrowboats moored on a frozen Llangollen Canal at Ellesmere, Shropshire

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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

A Crafted Semi-cruiser

Boat Review

For the past seven years, Smithwood Narrowboats has been quietly producing bespoke narrowboats with stunning wooden interiors. Mark Langley examines the most recent example

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Out With the Bath Water

Avon Rescue

Sarah Henshaw investigates the Avon sluice gate failure that saw the biggest boat rescue in recent history

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The Difficult Second Series

Canal Boat Diaries

TV presenter Robbie Cumming and producer Stuart Woodman discuss the making of part two of Canal Boat Diaries amid Covid-19 restrictions

Hear Robbie Cumming in converstaion with Bobby Cowling in Episode 2 of the Waterways World Podcast

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WW Guide to Cruising the South Pennine Ring

Rugged scenery, grand engineering and locks galore characterise this spectacular route across northern England. James Francis Fox gets ready to wield his windlass

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The White Stuff

Looking Back

He’s been variously hailed an engineering genius and the conduit for New York’s sensational growth. But who’s actually heard of Canvass White? Sarah Henshaw profiles the man who made America great off the back of a 2,000 mile English canal trudge

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Alternative Hire-boat Holidays

Hire-boat Holidays

If you’re planning a hire-boat holiday this year, why not venture away from the tried-and-tested routes to experience something completely different? WW presents nine of the best destinations far from the crowds

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The Lottery-winning Waterway


Nine miles of Cotswold cruising is now on target to reopen by 2023. Andrew Denny looks at how it came about

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Hands on Hire-boating

Looking Back

Hands-on hire-boating Former WW editor Hugh Potter reflects on the challenges of pleasure-cruising 50 years ago

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Brooke the Self-built Boat

DIY Boat Build

Peter Claisse describes his DIY construction of a unique wooden boat, and how its traditional looks belie the use of modern technology

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Christmas Gift Guide

Stocking fillers and presents inspired by the inland waterways

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Last Word

Tough Love on the Thames

Its new moorings management system may feel harsh to some, but Mary Barnet argues the Environment Agency needs a strict stance on overstayers

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