from the editor’s desk

Dear Readers,

Welcome to the Spring Edition of CanalsOnline Magazine! I don't suppose many of us thought, even as recently as last December, that we would still be living under tight restrictions. But there does seem to be some light at the end of the tunnel, and if all goes well, boaters can be moving around the waterways once more from 12th April. Fingers crossed.

Meanwhile in this latest edition of the Magazine, we have plenty of new articles to keep you occupied in your idle moments. We have a touch of history with Kerry Dainty's piece on Crick Wharf, nature with Edward Trevelyan Stephens, and plenty of humour with Dave Robertson and Devid Scowcrovich!

We also have a new Free Prize Draw for you. This season the prize, again sponsored by Miracle Leisure, is a special BOAT CLEANING KIT, which is something we could all probably do with after such a wet and muddy winter. It is simple to enter this prize draw, so why not have a go?

Please don't forget that our canal & river guides are always under development. So if you spot anything that should be added (or indeed taken away...) do let me know - you could always join us as an Active Cruiser! My thanks to those of you who have already been in touch.

Finally, if you have not yet joined [faceboat] 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.

Wishing you all well. Keep Safe, and may better times be with us very soon.

Happy Reading!


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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