from the editor’s desk

Dear Readers,

Welcome to the Winter Edition of CanalsOnline Magazine. In this edition, you will find all sorts of new and interesting editorials and features, including an introduction to Instagram from one of our newest contributors, Jane Stuart. Jane's article is beautifully written and provides a window into the lives of 4 Instagram account holders - well worth a read, and a look at the incredible photographs.

The lucky winner of our Autumn Free Prize Draw is Andy Nichols (NB Cousin Jack). Andy takes home a superb Steelhead Stirling Engine Stove Fan - a beautiful piece of kit from Warpfive Fans. Thank you to everyone who entered - and we are sorry you didn't win. BUT... Be sure to enter this season's Free Prize Draw to win a MyAlerts! pack and a free account for five years. We have FIVE of these prizes to give away, and I can't think of a better present to give anyone for Christmas, especially those older or more vulnerable relatives and friends.

We now have a SUBSCRIBE button featured on the front page. When you click on this, you will become the recipient of our NEWSLETTERS, with previews of articles and links to special offers we can find for you, plus lots more of interest.

Remember we always appreciate your comments on any aspects of the magazine. You can Write for Us  or become an Active Cruiser and help us keep our waterway guides up to date. And if you have not yet joined [faceboat] do have a look - it is a great way to join in with the waterways community - we welcome photos, stories, boating tips, questions, recommendations - anything to do with the waterways.

Happy Reading!


This season's Masthead photograph is courtesy of Bill Savage (Canal is King)

guest editorials

whimbrel - a tale of love
source - Frank Sanderson
whimbrel re-launchColin 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.
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epic endurance challenge 2022
by Steve Mandaluffjooles Paillin epic enduranceJooles Paillin, a 39 year old mother who lives just outside Nottingham, will be taking up the Tallisker Whisky Challenge and rowing 3000 miles across the atlantic in 2022.
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caraboat helter skelter
by Neil McGarrycaraboat at Ferry Nabb, WindermereNeil McGarry tells us how he came to buy a 1973 caravan/boat, restoring it to its former glory and then exploring much of our inland waterways in it.
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boating and france
by Paul McGrane
French locksPaul McGrane discusses the pros and cons of boating in France and tells us what we would need to do before taking our own boat or a hire boat on French waterways.
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