canalsonline magazine

the online magazine for the inland waterways

welcome to spring 2020

Whether you are an aspiring boater, a part-time enthusiast, live aboard permanent cruiser, holiday maker, towpath user, or someone who simply lives or works beside our inland waterways, you have come to the right place.

CanalsOnline Magazine is written and published for you!

Within our constantly updated content you will always find gallons of stuff to keep you occupied, informed and entertained, with useful information to answer your questions and special features of interest to stir your imagination!

products & services

two separate resources… all in one place!

We've created two separate resources to make finding the lifestyle products or services you require as intuitive and effortless as possible. Browse a huge range of products and accessories for your narrowboat, wide beam, Dutch barge or cruiser. Plus those elusive and very specialist services you need to help keep your vessel in tip top condition. And don't forget, if you enjoy particularly good service from a waterways company or individual, please let us know.

a waterways guide

to every navigable canal and river in the uk

You will find every navigable canal & river in the UK listed here, each with its own detailed guide. Organised by region and waterway system for ease of use, this invaluable resource is perfect for holiday boaters and seasoned cruisers alike.

Find the nearest bank, eatery, pub, supermarket, Post Office, or any other facility you may ever need, all within easy reach of the cut and recommended for inclusion by fellow boaters.


a social group for anyone interested in our inland waterways

Why not join our Facebook group [faceboat] to share your interests and experiences, ask questions and offer advice to other members. Upload photos and comments, chat and connect with other like-minded people across the UK, and beyond.

features & editorial

for your interest & entertainment

Read articles written by professionals and guest contributors on many aspects of waterway life. From technical information to canal capers, you're sure to find something of interest. And if you feel like taking the plunge and writing an article yourself, don't hesitate to contact us.

.…featured in this issue

enter our free prize draw

Enter our free prize draw for your chance to win 7 DVDs created by Phil Speight teaching you how to sign write and paint Castles and Roses. No better prize to win to help pass away the hours.

featured roving canal trader

Meet Sue & Colin who live aboard their their narrowboat 'That's D'riculous' and trade as 'Cheese Aboard inc. Mugs Afloat'. They also sell wooden artefacts beautifully decorated with Celtic designs.

a fresh water warning

As some of you may know I contracted Leptospirosis in May 2014 and although I didn’t really want to write this article and elicit sympathy from anyone and have avoided writing it for a few years.

can you live on the cut and still own a car?

If you have a motor vehicle, you are probably already aware that the DVLA are now insisting that the given address must be the actual, residential, address of the driver or keeper!

cookery chat

In each edition chefs David & Sandra Biddle chat about their lives, their narrowboat and their tastes in good wine and food. They offer recipes for succulent dishes which can be cooked on board.

your post sorted

How do you manage your post if you live aboard your boat and do not have the luxury of a postal address? A PO Box doesn't work for important things like driving licences. We may have found the solution for you!