best european destinations for water holidays - November 22, 2023
royal exchange kinver - October 13, 2023Although the Royal Exchange in Kinver can't really be classed as a canal side pub, you will find it's well worth the walk from the visitor moorings.
rcr warn of sub standard insurance cover - October 10, 2023RCR is calling for boaters to check terms & conditions if they have a third-party insurance policy, as they may be unable to recover costs if their boat sinks.
the blue planet expedition - September 9, 2023We have to know our planet to love it… then we can take care of it Introduction: Welcome to “The Blue Planet Expedition," an unprecedented expedition with a mission to explore the depths of our planet…
waterways management show and floodex - September 7, 2023The Waterways management Show should be of interest to anyone who operates, manages or has responsibility for the upkeep of our inland waterways, including volunteers.
rare plant research in Montgomery Canal - August 22, 2023A comprehensive research study examining two species of rare plants in the Montgomery Canal, is underway. These plants are known to improve water quality.
rare plant research on Montgomery Canal - August 22, 2023A comprehensive research study examining two species of rare plants in the Montgomery Canal is underway. These plants improve water quality, provide shelter for aquatic organisms, and act as a primary food source for waterfowl and fish.
ldk print lisa grainger - August 22, 2023After many years of having a land-based shop we contemplated trading from our 69ft narrowboat, and at the end of 2017 we put the plans in to action, changed the boat licence to a business licence, got the appropriate insurance and joined the RCTA.
nothing but padlocks - August 14, 2023CanalsOnline Magazine were approached by NothingbutPadlocks, and asked to conduct a survey with boaters, to find out which padlock they favoured for security and water protection.
history of waterside cottage - August 10, 2023Waterside Cottage, owned by Wyvern Shipping Co. Ltd., is now a stunning 6 bedroomed holiday cottage that can sleep up to 11 people. With all mod cons, and in an ideal location, it is well worth considering for family get togethers or for friendship reunions.
living on an electric narrowboat - July 10, 2023Listening to the birds and our surroundings while cruising is great, a real bonus, but sometimes the anglers get a shock when they don’t hear us approaching! We love our life on the waterways and we feel we are doing a little bit to help the environment by living off grid, and more so by having an electric boat.
tiller girl - June 29, 2023My name is Melanie and I operate Tiller Girl Canal Holidays at Aquavista Sawley Marina & Waterside in Notts. Tiller Girl is our beautiful 57ft narrowboat.
john evans - June 12, 2023John Evans lives a mile away from the Rochdale Canal. He loves Britain's industrial heritage, and enjoys the urban sections of the canal as much as the more picturesque parts. His book on the Rochdale canal is a 'must read'.
John Evans - June 12, 2023John Evans, author of 'The Rochdale Canal', has always been fascinated by canals. He now lives close to the Rochdale canal and walks and sails it regularly.
best of crick boat show 2023 - June 5, 2023
birmingham mooring trials - June 5, 2023
project boat for sale - May 8, 2023Project boat for sale: 55ft cruiser stern narrowboat 'Cashflow' is currently lying in Kinver on the Staffs & Worcs canal. In need of some regeneration and tlc.
is that a widebeam I see before me? - April 24, 2023‘To build or not to build’ was the question facing Land and Water's marina team after buying the 22-acre site on the River Avon in Stratford upon Avon in 2016.
recession, what recession? - April 21, 2023We are only too aware of the country's economic problems. Prices continue to rise, and belts are being tightened all round. It seems the UK only avoided being technically ‘in a recession’ by the skin of its teeth (zero growth).
ct1 the snag list eliminator - March 30, 2023Quick, go get me something to stop this water getting in!” Not something you want to hear usually. Definitely not something you want to hear if you’re on a boat, that’s for sure.
galvanic corrosion - March 28, 2023Different metals have different electrical charges. When connected, the metal with the highest natural voltage will try to discharge its voltage to the other metal.
my new life on a narrowboat - March 28, 2023
the tenth lock, brierley hill - March 17, 2023
are you sitting and sleeping comfortably? - March 9, 2023Finding furniture to fit narrowboats can be difficult, but OK Joinery makes easy work of it, providing sit-sleep solutions that combine comfort and style. OK Joinery Ltd is a family-run business based in Kidderminster, where its saloon, dinette furniture and sofabeds are handmade to order.
Stuart Atkinson - March 9, 2023Stuart Atkinson is an amateur astronomer who lives in Kendal. He has written many books for children, both fact and fiction, and is passionate about sharing his love and knowledge of stars and the universe.
stuart atkinson - March 9, 2023I have to be honest and tell you that I have never been on a boating holiday, so I am not qualified to talk about boats, sailing or other aspects of a boating holiday. However, I am a very enthusiastic camper and caravanner and I am aware of many similarities between the two pastimes...
daisy's bakin butty - March 3, 2023I live aboard our historic narrow boat Trout (built in 1936) with husband Lloyd, aka Bacon Boy!! Lloyd has been around narrow boats most of his life, he started at 14 helping steer horse drawn barges in Godalming…
rcr callout figures for 2022 - February 6, 2023River Canal Rescue reports it responded to 130 major incidents in 2022; emergency situations either involving submerged, partially sunken or grounded craft, plus salvage work.
erewash canal preservation rally - February 6, 2023Over the Spring Bank Holiday 27th – 29th May 2023 the Erewash Canal Preservation & Development Association will be hosting a boat rally at the Great Northern Basin at Langley Mill.
erewash canal 55th rally - February 6, 2023In May 2023, Erewash Canal Preservation & Development Association will be hosting their 55th Anniversary boat rally at the Great Northern Basin at Langley Mill.
sticky fuel - February 1, 2023Last summer, River Canal Rescue highlighted the problem of sticky fuel and how this was causing an uncharacteristic peak in fuel-related component breakdowns not linked to diesel bug.
abigail joy tobler - January 19, 2023
Abigail Joy Tobler - January 19, 2023Abigail Joy Tobler has been writing poetry for many years, and her love of our waterways is often reflected in her poems, especially in 'Tales from the Towpath'
commercial tiller pins - December 13, 2022With commercial tiller pins from Yorkshire Bespoke Tiller Pins you can be sure of making a lasting impression with your customers. Made to your own requirements.
RCTA donate to waterway charities - December 8, 2022RCTA donate £500 to each of two waterside charities: Waterways Chaplains and the Forces Vets Afloat. The charities selected are chosen each year by RCTA members
RCTA donate to charities - December 8, 2022RCTA make annual donations to waterways charities, voted for by members. This year they have presented £500 each to Waterways Chaplains and Forces Vets Afloat.
wendy witch - December 1, 2022Roving Canal Trader of this season is Wendy Witch, a white witch and a Celebrant. Wendy does Tarot readings, and conducts handfasting and baby naming ceremonies
albion adventure - September 28, 2022Clive Edwards' article on the action packed MNA Boat Club's AGM is enhanced by David Cornes' account of their voyage on the Norfolk Wherry 'Albion' - through sunshine, varied winds, torrential rain and lightning.
hydrogen afloat - September 9, 2022Hydrogen and fuel cells have long been used in industrial, scientific and specialist applications, and I was sure there was a way to harness their potential to provide power on my boat. I set about connecting the dots and created the prototype ‘HyArk’, named for the fact that it’s a vessel and that hydrogen molecules flow into the fuel cell two by two!
Steve Haywood - September 8, 2022
steve haywood - September 8, 2022
recoheat - September 7, 2022Recoheat makes a unique pumped-air heat recovery unit for solid fuel stoves, and this year’s Crick show was their first customer-facing event. The device fits into the flue of a stove and pumps air through a steel coil to super-heat it.
boat furniture - it's more than ok - September 7, 2022At OK Joinery, we specialise in Bespoke Boat Joinery, Woodworking and Carpentry to repair, alter and fit out Narrowboats, Canal Boats, Widebeams & Dutch Barges.
the pig place, adderbury - July 13, 2022The Pig Place has to be one of the most delightfully different pubs we have ever come across, and I wouldn't be surprised if it were one of very few truly 'outdoor' pubs in Britain.
waternav update - July 7, 2022WaterNav is the UK’s only free mapping and route planning tool that works offline – giving peace of mind to thousands of boaters who have previously been reliant on an internet connection,
angel II of Islington - July 1, 2022Angel Community Canal Boat Trust hosted the 1st London Plast, a Ukrainian scout group who had been raising money for trauma kits to send home to the front line.
angel community canal boat trust - July 1, 2022Angel Canal Boat Community Trust were hosts to 1st London Plast, a Ukrainian Scout Group for a weekend. The Scouts loved it and said it had been 'the best day of their lives'!
scenic lake cruises in switzerland - June 13, 2022With more than 1,500 lakes throughout the country, there’s no shortage of options when it comes to scenic lake cruises in Switzerland. Whether you want to admire fabulous untouched nature or discover a big city’s landmarks and attractions from the water, you’ll find a couple of appropriate lake cruises right here!
the hippie boat - June 7, 2022We are husband and wife team Pete and Jules and we live aboard NB Molly with our dogs Polly, Milly and young Eric. We continuously cruise the river and canal network, setting up our extensive outdoor display of Fair Trade Festival Style Clothing, Bags, Accessories, Incense and other ethically sourced merchandise at Events, Festivals and various towpath locations.
Keith Harris - author - June 6, 2022
waterways chaplaincy - May 18, 2022
waterways matters - May 18, 2022Alison Saunders, wife of Mike, vicar of Hungerford, has been appointed Senior Waterways Chaplain on the Kennet and Avon Canal.
aqueduct marina builds green credentials with bilgeaway - May 12, 2022Aqueduct Marina, based on the Shropshire Union Canal near Nantwich, is encouraging customers to install River Canal Rescue’s Bilgeaway filter on their narrowboats.
canal logbooks - May 10, 2022After a couple of months getting used to canal life , we decided we wanted to start some sort of business. I had noticed that my dad would scribble things down in a notepad, about the moorings we found, the diesel we purchased, what the Wi-Fi was like etc. and was always rummaging through his pad trying to find where he had written something. And that's what gave me the idea of producing a Logbook and Journey Planner.
keith harris - May 10, 2022Keith Harris describes his journey from early days in the Sea Cadets to his discovery, age 30, of the inland waterways of Britain and Europe. His books describe his voyages on Dutch Barge 'Saul Trader'.
narrowboat logbook and journey planner - May 9, 2022Joseph Gasgoigne, who lives on a widebeam with his father Steve, describes how he set about creating & publishing his 'Narrowboat Logbook and Journey Planner'.
magnetic pull - May 9, 2022My name is Sophie Doyle and I am a magnet fisher. I clean up our waterways by using quality Magnets, grappling hooks and winches. I remove items which are harmful to wildlife and a danger to those who use the waterways.
life with a composting toilet - May 4, 2022Our voyage into the world of composting toilets began during lockdown! We had been out on our narrowboat and experienced huge issues with broken Elsan points...
rustins limited acquires peek polish - April 5, 2022Rustins Limited are delighted to announce they acquired Peek Polish in March 2022 and are excited to have Peek as part of their group of brands.
rustins acquires peek polish - April 5, 2022Rustins Limited are delighted to announce they acquired Peek Polish in March 2022 and are excited to have Peek as part of their group of brands.
river canal rescue 2021 call-out figures - April 5, 2022RCR 2021 call-out figures River Canal Rescue reports it responded to 171 major incidents in 2021; emergency situations either involving submerged, partially sunken or grounded craft, plus salvage work. The figure is lower than 2020 and is primarily due to a reduction in boat use until lockdown restrictions eased in June 2021.
guildford steamboat rally returns - April 5, 2022
marine electricals - March 30, 2022Hello to the wonderful world of the inland boat ways! We are very new to the world of canal boating. Being based in Plymouth we have always dealt with the ocean-going variety of boats, but we realised that there is much more to boating than life on the ocean waves.
new narrowboat design for black prince - March 29, 2022Black Prince Holidays are to launch a new design of narrowboat following two summers of record bookings. The new layout features a larger kitchen area with more worktop space, multiple USB sockets and wireless charging pads, plus black-out blinds and bespoke mattresses for comfortable nights.
new narrowboat design for black prince - March 29, 2022Black Prince Holidays will be investing more than one million pounds over the next year on the new Signature range of narrowboats targeting the family market.
aqueduct marina install ev charging points - March 29, 2022
do you paint or polish? - March 28, 2022bullet polish offers advice on how to clean and polish your boat, telling you what pitfalls you should avoid and how to get the best shine without having to repaint or spend a fortune.
John Skull, author - March 25, 2022
john skull - March 25, 2022John Skull, author of the season for Spring 2022 tells us how he came to be living aboard a narrowboat after a lifetime of travel. His book 'Narrowboats - It'll be fun, they said' is published on Amazon.
barge-inn booze - March 1, 2022Wayne Sadler describes how Stoke based 'Barge-Inn Booze' came into being, and how it has progressed into an award winning business over the last few years.
the wooden canal boat society - February 25, 2022The Wooden Canal Boat Society,based in Manchester, is busy not only saving a small fleet of wooden narrow boats, but also putting them to good use. Museums are all well and good, but boats were made to be used.
argy bargey - February 24, 2022Argy Bargey canal board game was designed and created by brothers Henry and Tim Biglowe and their partners. Find out how the game was developed and made.
perils of cheap boat insurance - January 6, 2022River Canal Rescue is warning boat owners about the perils of buying cheap third-party insurance after finding some insurers will not pay out if a boat sinks.
boating community supports veterans afloat - December 19, 2021Inland waterway businesses and boats owners are coming together to help the newly-established Forces Vets Afloat Project restore a boat so it can be used and enjoyed by British forces veterans.
chilligibbon's stringed things - November 23, 2021Chris Hicks has been a roving trader for the last 5 years, making Vintage Tin and Cigar box Guitars and Ukuleles. He makes them aboard or alongside his narrowboat and sells them on the towpath or at festivals.
marine safety & training business expands in the midlands - November 10, 2021Birmingham & Midland Marine Services Ltd offer a wide portfolio of services to the Civil Engineering, Rail, Utilities, Environmental, and Ecology sectors, working in an open water environment.
my alerts! - October 28, 2021Canal living is particularly attractive to retirees… as a result, the boating community tends to be significantly older, on average, than the population at large (the latest reliable estimates suggest that, since the turn of the millennium, the mean age of a permanent boater had risen by a little over four years, to 59).
barge association conduct survey on mooring prices - October 21, 2021Why do boat owners decide to live “afloat”? Are the reasons changing? If affordability was important then how do you know what it’s going to cost?
madness of moorings - October 21, 2021Why do boat owners decide to live “afloat”? Are the reasons changing? If affordability was important then how do you know what it’s going to cost? Has the pandemic made it more difficult to pay for where you and your boat live? Can you help all UK liveaboards achieve the best deal for each of us?
brigadoon! launches in london - October 21, 2021
the malt shovel in shardlow - September 29, 2021The Malt Shovel in Shardlow was built in 1799 and is set by the side of the Trent and Mersey canal. The free house pub has been run by long time friends Ksenia and Lena since 2016.
the folly inn, napton - September 24, 2021The Folly Inn at Napton, already a popular stopping off point for boaters on the Oxford Canal, has now become even more popular after Mark and Caroline have developed the outside area into something quite incredible.
body cameras on towpaths - September 13, 2021The Canal and River Trust is to start the use of body worn cameras for its customer service employees whose role includes day-to-day interaction with those on the towpath.
body worn cameras on towpaths - September 13, 2021The Canal & River Trust is to commence the use of body worn cameras for its customer service employees whose role includes day-to-day interaction with those on the towpath. The cameras will initially be used daily by its boat licence customer support team in the Trust’s London & South East region in response to increased concerns about the potential for confrontation, abuse or harm whilst conducting their work.
Stephanie Horton, author - September 13, 2021Stephanie Horton says, “I wrote Narrow Boat Engine Maintenance and Repair to help boat owners keep their engines operational and moving."
stephanie horton - September 13, 2021Stephanie Horton says “I wrote Narrow Boat Engine Maintenance and Repair to help boat owners keep their engines operational and moving. This single reference tool combines RCR’s practical advice with our engineers’ specialist knowledge, who through years of experience have unrivalled skills and repair techniques"
a stirling idea - August 31, 2021Warpfive Fans introduce us to their British Made, eco friendly, beautiful Stirling engines. Stirling engines are amazing miniature engines. Three things make them special… they use only heat as fuel, they are almost silent plus they are extremely powerful. Furthermore they have no electrical components and are purely mechanical. Consequently they’re extremely reliable and with care will last a lifetime.
water pollution award for rcr and bilgeaway - July 3, 2021River Canal Rescue has won the British Safety Industry Federation’s Water Pollution Award for its Bilgeaway filter.
revolutionary outdoor cooking - June 5, 2021Cook anything, anywhere, anytime with the revolutionary, award winning barbecue by Cobb. Probably the most versatile & greenest portable oven in the world.
Ian Douglas - June 3, 2021Ian Douglas lives aboard a narrowboat and has been telling stories around the UK and abroad for 24 years. He has now written his first book, Folk Tales from the Canal Side.
Ian Douglas Storyteller and Author - June 1, 2021Ian Douglas has been a storyteller for about 24 years, working all over the British Isles at festivals and events, and in schools, colleges and universities.
the narrowboat weaver - June 1, 2021This season the roving canal trader is Peri Pigott, trading as Gillyflower - the narrowboat weaver, and as Gillyflower - handmade crafts. Everything is naturally sourced, and each woven item promises to be unique.
everything's coming up roses - May 11, 2021It is so good when you get to see a narrowboat completely made over through the superb skills of a couple of traditional artists. Julie Tonkin, trading as Art by Julie, has been in the business for 20 years, but on this occasion she was joined by a relative newcomer Kerri Williams, also known as 'the heritage crafter'.
blue space research by aquavista - May 6, 2021Analysing data on each counties’ access to lakes, canals and beaches, new research by Aquavista reveals that the residents of Cornwall have more access to blue space than any other county in England.
The Canal & River Trust is beginning a six-month trial looking at the benefits of changing the mowing regime along its towpaths. The trial, which starts in April, seeks to balance the needs of boaters, anglers and others accessing the water, with the benefits to wildlife and biodiversity that a change in mowing frequency will bring.
crt update on composting toilet waste disposal - March 15, 2021CRT clarify new rules on disposal of waste from composting/separator toilets. Waste can no longer be disposed of at canalside refuse points.
As part of the Spring Budget announcement, the Government stated that it is not changing the treatment of private pleasure craft in Great Britain where they will continue to be able to use red diesel.
rcr have record rate of callouts - March 2, 2021River Canal Rescue reports the number of rescues it undertook in 2020 yet again reached a new high. Storms and lockdown restrictions were the main reasons...
river canal rescue have record number of call-outs - March 2, 2021River Canal Rescue reports the number of rescues it undertook in 2020 yet again reached a new high. In the period from 1 Jan to 31 December, engineers attended 231 incidents (186 major and 45 minor), 55 per cent more than the 149 (105 major and 44 minor) in 2019.
Heather Wastie - February 28, 2021Heather is a writer, poet and singer / songwriter as well as keyboard and accordion player. She has published 8 collections of poetry, two of which relate to the canals.
heather wastie - February 24, 2021Heather Wastie is a writer, poet and singer/songwriter and has published 8 collections, two of which relate to the canals. These two were published under the umbrella of Alarum Theatre / Alarum Productions...
fi's fabulous floating emporium - February 18, 2021For the past twenty years, Fi Lewis has been a self employed Festival / Event Trader, making most of her own stock. She moved onto a boat in 1917, and found it was fairly easy to transfer her creative skills onto the water.
Thordon Bearings help keep historic cruiser tug operational - February 2, 2021One of the world's oldest steam driven tugboats is set to return to service offering short cruises on the River Weaver - thanks to Thordon Bearings
rcr asks boaters to trial WaterNav - January 8, 2021River Canal Rescue has redesigned and re-launched its WaterNav app, making it freely available to all.
magnet fisher finds live grenade in Kennet & Avon Canal - January 4, 2021A magnet fisher who caught a grenade in the Kennet and Avon Canal was given the kit he used as a Christmas present. Friends Tony Scott and Elliot Bromfield were using the equipment - which is similar to metal detecting but in water - when they pulled up the object. Elliot, who is ex-army, said he knew it was a World War Two hand grenade and they called the police immediately.
caraboat helter skelter - December 30, 2020Neil & Bev McGarry are the owners of a very rare 1973 Caraboat (both caravan and boat) which they bought as a shell before spending years restoring her.
CRT forced to return unlawfully seized boat - December 30, 2020Canal & River Trust (CRT) was forced to return a seized boat following the threat of legal action by its live-aboard owner. The charity had seized the boat, which actually had a valid licence at the time, on 6th August 2020 without obtaining a Court Order, which is unlawful if a boat is used as a home.
CRT returns unlawfully seized boat after threat of legal action - December 29, 2020Canal & River Trust (CRT) was forced to return a seized boat following the threat of legal action by its live-aboard owner. The charity had seized the boat, which actually had a valid licence at the time, on 6th August 2020 without obtaining a Court Order, which is unlawful if a boat is used as a home.
water and waste tanks for boats - December 11, 2020When creating water or waste tanks, plastic is the perfect material. It can be made to any shape or size, is extremely tough and very durable.
east midland waterways to get £4m makeover - December 11, 2020
east midland waterways to get £4m winter makeover - December 11, 2020East Midland waterways are to get a £4million makeover by Canal & River Trust who will be replacing lock gates & dredging sections of canal.
curious case of sticky fuel causing engine breakdowns - December 9, 2020River Canal Rescue reports there’s been an uncharacteristic peak in fuel-related component breakdowns not linked to diesel bug. It cites two identical jobs where fuel injectors were diagnosed as needing an overhaul, yet their replacements stopped working within a week, and injection pumps were found to have failed even though the diesel was clear and bright.
boating and france - December 5, 2020A look at the pros and cons of boating in France, the type of boat you would need, essential qualifications, and the growing popularity of co-owning a boat
CRT's top ten hits to be water safe this winter - December 4, 2020Canal & River Trust give their top ten hits for staying safe on towpaths this winter.
choose the way you cruise - December 2, 2020The Caravanboat is just at home on the road as it is on the water and can be towed down those scenic country routes with ease. Plus the best bit is that you can use waterways to get to those hard to reach spots that a car just can’t reach, meaning it's perfect for a quiet holiday or a romantic getaway.
babies to boats - December 1, 2020Melanie Franklin-Pryce, Tiller Girl, explains how she made the change from being a NHS Midwife to becoming the owner of a narrowboat hire business. Babies to boats!
Bill Savage - December 1, 2020Bill Savage's book ‘Canal is King’ is about a canal journey-with-a-difference. From idyllic tranquility to urban grunge. Travelling with Bill is a bit weird, often hilarious, always eventful, inevitably informative, chatting with quirky characters along the way.
sam keay - gangplank spirits and preserves - December 1, 2020Sam Keay is the owner of Gangplank Spirits and Preserves. She makes foraged fruit gin, whisky, rum, vodka, chutney, jam & cordial. She also opens as a café selling soft drinks and crepes, and has a fully licenced bar. All on a narrowboat!
coalcage - November 20, 2020All of a sudden I had a stack of glowing coal that looked good and all I had to do was top it up. In fact what I soon realised was that I could actually put an amount in that would last me all day with no constant topping up and no over-filling of the stove base. The pyramid of coal was no more!
excel voted best fuel among boaters - November 19, 2020Oxbow Coal Ltd were delighted to win Canals Online Magazine’s award for best fuel among boaters for our premium quality Excel briquettes.
boat safety scheme urge boaters to follow safety advice - November 14, 2020The boat safety scheme is urging boaters to read marine accident safety flyer after death of two friends on a boat in York in December 2019.
boat safety scheme and marine accident safety flyer - November 14, 2020Following the death of two friends from carbon monoxide on a boat, the Boat Safety Scheme is urging boaters to read the Marine Accident safety flyer and adopt the safety advice immediately.
boat licence terms and conditions deadline - November 9, 2020The Canal & River Trust (CRT) consultation on changes to the Boat Licence Terms and Conditions ends on Sunday 20th December 2020. The NBTA believes that CRT's proposals for changes to the Boat Licence Terms and Conditions are unreasonable and unlawful.
norfolk & suffolk boating association promote 'waterwatch' - November 9, 2020The Norfolk & Suffolk Boating Association (NSBA) have joined forces with the Merchant Navy Association Boat Club to promote the MN Boat Club's new WaterWatch safety & surveillance scheme in East Anglia
canal river trust publishes boater report 2020 - October 29, 2020Canal River Trust publishes its Boater Report for 2020. The Report sets out how the Trust generates its income, including the contribution from boaters, and how that money is invested in the network.
crt broadens online booking facility for tunnels and locks - October 23, 2020crt broadens their online booking facility for passage through some tunnels and locks - including the Braunston, Harecastle & Blisworth tunnels.
crt broadens online booking facility for tunnels - October 23, 2020
featured author - winter 2020 - October 21, 2020Bill Savage's book 'Canal is King' tells of the author's training sessions along the towpaths of the inland waterways. They are full of unexpected adventures, sometimes a tiny bit weird, often hilarious, always eventful and inevitably informative.
stainton aqueduct restoration marked with virtual tour launch - October 21, 2020The completion of a £2.2 million project to restore storm-damaged Stainton Aqueduct in South Cumbria has been marked by its owners, the Canal & River Trust charity, with the launch of an exciting virtual tour along the disused Northern Reaches of the Lancaster Canal.
crt boat licence fees announced for 2021 - 2022 - October 15, 2020CRT announce that boat licence fees will rise by 2% from April 2021. There will be an additional 5% rise for boats over 7'1" (2.16 metres) wide.
whimbrel - September 29, 2020Colin Ogden uses lockdown as the opportunity to do something momentous in his late wife Lynda's memory. He completely restores her beloved boat, Whimbrel, and relaunches her.
CRT seeks boaters' views on licence t&cs - September 29, 2020The Canal & River Trust is asking boat licence holders for their views on licence terms & conditions. They are being encouraged to complete an online survey which highlights the changes between the proposed and existing terms and invites feedback on the changes. The consultation gets underway on 28 September and will run for twelve weeks.
crt new writing competition attracts hundreds of entries - September 21, 2020Hundreds of talented wordsmiths responded to a call from the Canal & River Trust to enter a new summer ‘Words on the Waterway’ writing competition. Competition was judged by Ian McMillan, presenter of BBC Radio Three’s popular word cabaret, ‘The Verb’
fern floating fine art - September 15, 2020Fern Floating Fine Art is a nomadic arts illustration business, currently making its way around the inland waterways of Britain. I live on, work in and sell from my little boat ‘Fern’. I am a painter of fauna and flora and resident artist at Fern Floating Fine Art.
CRT staff welcome steph mcgovern to leeds for new tv show - September 15, 2020CRT staff welcome Steph McGovern to Leeds Dock ready for the launch of her new lunchtime show 'Steph's packed lunch' on channel 4.
steph's packed lunch on channel 4 - September 15, 2020'Steph's packed lunch' is the new lunchtime television programme on Channel 4, broadcast live from Leeds Dock by presenter Steph McGovern of BBC Breakfast fame.
canal & river trust launches citizen science project - September 15, 2020The Canal & River Trust has teamed up with partners, including King's College London, and is appealing for people aged 16 or over to take part in its largest ever study of the wellbeing benefits of spending time beside water.
canal & river trust launches project - September 15, 2020The Canal & River Trust has teamed up with partners, including King's College London, and is appealing for people aged 16 or over to take part in its largest ever study of the wellbeing benefits of spending time beside water.
narrow boat engine by stephanie horton - September 7, 2020Narrow Boat Engine Maintenance and Repair is an essential maintenance tool and perfect for those keen to keep their vessels in a good condition, inside and out.
very different personalised canal boat gift idea! - September 4, 2020Established in 2006, Stoke Art Pottery was perhaps a bit of an accident. First of all, we are not a pottery or even "potters". But an online store, selling high quality pottery and ceramics.
featured author - autumn 2020 - September 3, 2020In The East End Canal Tales, Carolyn Clark interweaves memories from over 50 people with historical accounts to tell the intriguing, humorous, moving and sometimes surprising stories of life and work on the Hackney and Tower Hamlets reach of the Regent’s and the Hertford Union Canals.
Carolyn Clark - September 3, 2020In 'The East End Canal Tales' Carolyn Clark interweaves memories from over 50 people with historical accounts to tell the intriguing, humorous, moving and sometimes surprising stories of life and work on the Hackney and Tower Hamlets reach of the Regent’s and the Hertford Union Canals. Over 130 photographs and images, many never published before, bring the stories to life.
RNLI campaign for beach safety - June 11, 2020The RNLI in conjunction with HM Coastguard are calling for people to be extra vigilant when enjoying the beaches, coastal and inland waterways this summer.
east end canal tales - June 9, 2020The East End Canal Tales weaves the memories of over 50 local residents together with historical accounts to tell of intriguing, humorous, moving and often surprising stories of life and work on the Regent’s and Hertford Union Canals over two centuries.
painting tips for canal boats - May 31, 2020When choosing colours, ensure that comparisons are undertaken in daylight. It is always advisable to compare colours with a painted boat as it is difficult to appreciate the colour in large areas. Our printed colour charts have accurate colour rendition but the enamel will appear to be lighter when applied to large areas, especially when adjoining complementary colours.
featured author - summer 2020 - irfan shah - May 31, 2020CanalsOnline Magazine's featured author for summer 2020 is Irfan Shah. Irfan's short story 'the Cyclist in the Canal' is available from Amazon for £1.99
yorkshire bespoke tiller pins - May 31, 2020It is very early days. I have a range of tiller pin bodies now and there will be more designs in the future. I am passionate about brass ware and love to repair figures that are broken – it gives them a second chance with a fantastic view from the tiller for their retirement. I find it very warming to know I have turned a personal object into a lovely tiller pin for someone.
Irfan Shah - May 29, 2020Irvan Shah's short story, ‘The Cyclist in the Canal’, tells of an imagined encounter between two couples and a less than considerate cyclist on the towpath of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal.
covid 19 advice for boaters - May 18, 2020RNLI advice to boaters before putting to sea after Covid 19 forced period of inactivity. The advice is for sea going boaters, but applies to inland waterway boaters as well.
listed canal bridge damaged by motorist - May 7, 2020A listed canal bridge was damaged by a motorist at the weekend, leading Canal & River Trust to call on motorists to take greater care when crossing canals
listed canal bridge damaged by motorist - May 7, 2020Canal & River Trust is calling for motorists to slow down when crossing historic canal bridges after a driver caused major damage to one of the most ornate bridges on the waterways network. Bridge 65 on the Grand Union Canal, known as Ornamental Bridge, was hit by a driver over the weekend causing extensive damage to one of the parapets, or walls.
tower works development on leeds & liverpool canal - April 28, 2020Richardson and Ask are working with the Trust and its neighbouring developments, including Mustard Wharf, to improve a 200-metre stretch of the towpath, from the Canal Office to the Railway Bridge to provide a route by the water to and from Leeds train station.
tower works development on leeds & liverpool canal - April 28, 2020Design work is currently underway which will improve the section of towpath adjacent to the Tower Works site in the heart of Leeds and a start on site will be made as soon as the current restrictions allow.
rcr launches new midi bilgeaway filter - April 27, 2020River Canal Rescue (RCR) has extended its range of Bilgeaway filters with the addition of a new smaller midi filter, suitable for boat owners who have little or no bilge pollution, but want peace of mind they will not pollute the waterways if anything does happen.
the wrong way round #by boat - March 23, 2020
castles and roses - March 20, 2020Phil Speight writes of his motivation in producing a series of tuitional DVDs on traditional narrow boat decoration: He takes us back 40 years, when he first started to paint castles and roses...
a fresh water warning - March 17, 2020Elliott Berry, member of IIMS tells us how he once contracted Leptospirosis and warns us of the dangers of contaminated waters. He also outlines the symptoms, telling other surveyors and water users what to look out for.
overwater marina celebrates 10th anniversary - March 12, 2020Overwater, on the Shropshire Union, near the vibrant canalside village of Audlem reaches its milestone in the spring and to celebrate its first decade the owners, Janet & Angus Maughan are planning a big giveaway of gifts to moorers.
featured author - Kitty Irvine (spring 2020) - March 1, 2020I was born and grew up in the north of England. From an early age, my parents were heavily involved in Scouting, so I spent many weekends and school holidays camping and sailing. My family holidays were spent in the north west of Scotland. I suppose this is where I get my love of wildlife and countryside.
Sue Meades & Colin Shearer - Cheese Aboard inc Mugs Afloat - February 20, 2020Sue Meades and Colin Shearer have been trading from their canal boat 'That's D'riculous' for over three years. They started trading as Mugs Afloat, but have now extended their wares to include fresh cheeses. They are now trading as Cheese Aboard inc Mugs Afloat. They also sell chopping boards and other wooden items with Celtic designs created by Colin.
caledonia glass - illia price - February 19, 2020I got the idea to live on a boat when I saw one for sale whilst walking along the towpath around Alvechurch. After much research I discovered the rules and regulations would allow me to live aboard as a continuous cruiser.
what is a galvanic isolator? - December 4, 2019When you connect your boat to a marina electrical supply you also connect your boat to all the other boats in the marina via the earth connection in your shore power mains lead. This creates a pathway for small electrical currents to flow from one boat to another. Unfortunately this pathway leads to increased corrosion of the underwater metals...
talking anodes - December 4, 2019Talking anodes for most people would consist of a series of questions. Every boat owner knows that anodes are needed, but what are they, exactly, what do they do, and why do we need them? What follows is an attempt to answer all of these questions.
musings from the boat painter’s workshop - December 3, 2019It can be a quiet life, the painting of boats. After the hard work of boat surface preparation is done there is time for quiet contemplation and communing with one’s paint brush. Rather like Mr Miyagi’s instruction of “wax on, wax off”, we spend many hours moving a paint brush from the bottom to the top of a 1 metre cabin side.
gailey wharf training centre - December 3, 2019As a canal based business we are quite unusual; based at 'Gailey Wharf' on the Staffs & Worcester Canal we are predominantly 'commercial' trainers for personnel working within three metres from the water's edge and of course, on boats as part of their job.
bow thrusters you can trust - December 2, 2019This (r)evolution from VETUS is a combination of our renowned electric bow thruster series and the latest induction motor technology. We are pleased to present the all-new BOW PRO thrusters, the best of both worlds!
clear blue loo, brought to you - December 2, 2019Established in 1983 by Mike Borowski, Wessex Chemical Factors has grown into one of the most respected manufacturers and distributers of chemical solutions in the UK.
boat maintenance tips - December 2, 2019In a bid to reduce the number of incidents on our waterways, River Canal Rescue (RCR) shares the main causes of this year’s call-outs and offers some maintenance, grounding and lock cill tips to help boaters enjoy stress-free cruising in 2020.
the vine inn, rugeley - December 1, 2019The Vine Inn, Rugeley is a real ale drinker's delight with its own micro brewery on site producing a core of their beers along side seasonal guests and the ever present bass.
how to winterise your narrowboat - December 1, 2019With winters getting colder and sub-zero temperatures becoming more common, River Canal Rescue has put together some tips on how to winterise your narrowboat and so avoid costly repair bills.
piesse of piddle - September 1, 2019We are back again at the Piesse of Piddle, one of our very favourite pubs of all time, and one which has been recommended to us by a good many boaters over the years. And it is a pub which needs a mention, because it is not in many canal and river guides.
mad hatter - September 1, 2019Lorraine Stevenson, trading as The Mad Hatter, has been a member of the Roving Canal Traders Association since 2016. She creates imaginative and quirky hats for any occasion. They are very distinctive and are easily spotted amongst the waterways community and festival goers.
rhs garden bridgewater - August 30, 2019
RCR calls for boaters to stop polluting the waterways - August 30, 2019
diesel bug - a layman's guide - June 1, 2019Diesel bugs are microbes that live at the interface between water and diesel fuel. In some places it's also known as diesel fungus or the diesel virus. The presence of Diesel bug in your fuel tank can be a potential risk to your engine's fuel system, can cause serious damage and eventually lead to engine failure.
co alarm testing - June 1, 2019from april 1st 2019 the BSS mandates that all boats with an accommodation space must have a co alarm fitted
batteries - a brief encounter - June 1, 2019When it comes to choosing leisure batteries for your narrowboat, you need to check the existing batteries for size and amperage rating. If you're living on the boat you will be reliant on the batteries,
Following the national licensing consultation last year, the Canal & River Trust is announcing changes to the short-term licences the charity offers to visiting boaters.
the all new canal turn, carnforth - April 25, 2019This is the first edition of the all new CanalsOnline Magazine and we could we find no better way to start the pub of the season than with the All New Canal Turn in Carnforth on the Lancaster Canal. This is where we sat and agonised over all the changes to our website, and it is due largely to the pub managers and staff that we remained sane ( if not strictly sober).
protection matters - April 1, 2019Having the right insurance for your boat is so important as it will cover you for the unfortunate situations that could turn a great day out in the water, into a bad one. Buying a boat is a big investment, so you must protect it against damage or theft. Insurance for your boat is just as important as car insurance and regardless of how experienced you are, you should make sure you protect yourself against inexperienced or careless boaters. You do not want to be left with an inoperable boat and huge repair bills.
pigs to plastics - April 1, 2019A long long time ago, almost as far back as I can remember, my father had a pig farm. While growing up on the farm my friends and I used to catch rides on the backs of the pigs. We used to get covered in muck - well you know what pigs are like for wallowing in it!
lasting powers of attorney - April 1, 2019This is possibly the most important legal document that anyone should have in their life time; in fact the Office of the Public Guardian states that everyone over the age of 35 should have one!
bilgeaway - April 1, 2019Inland waterway emergency assistance and breakdown firm, River Canal Rescue (RCR), has launched Bilgeaway – a product it describes as ‘the world’s first truly environmentally-friendly bilge discharge filter’.
a brand new chapter - April 1, 20192009 was an eventful year, Barack Obama became America's first black president, James Cameron’s “Avatar” was smashing all box office records to become the highest grossing film of all time and 155 passengers aboard an Airbus A320 flight experienced a miracle on the Hudson River. 2009 was also an exciting year for Aqueduct Marina, as this was the year we opened our doors for the very first time, following years of planning and hard work from the Parton family.
official statement on bread by the queen's swan marker - April 1, 2019
brian greaves - the blacksmith's craft - March 1, 2019Brian Greaves has a fully operational forge on his narrowboat tug 'Bronte'. His wonderful pieces of ironwork, from pokers to delightful sculptures, are created on board, and it is always a special privilege to be able to watch him at work.
yorkshire waterway museum - March 1, 2019I’m upset Yorkshire Waterways Museum was forced to close, despite being so closely linked with other partners, including the Canal and River Trust and that since its closure, little has been decided about the site.
bss press release - carbon monoxide alarms - March 1, 2019From 1 April 2019 at least one carbon monoxide (CO) alarm became a requirement on nearly all private and non-private boats in scope of the Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) Requirements. BSS Certifications will not be issued to boats without alarms..
Water fern: This invasive plant from North & Central America has almost entirely taken over the waters of the Lancaster canal between UCLAN sports arena and the locks at the top of Savick Brook.