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In the December 2013 issue: Boat test on a new breed of wide-beam- the liveaboard designed for serious cruising; Europe's best-kept secret? peaceful boating in northern Poland; retiring afloat? What to consider before making the leap; in full swing- the bridges of the Gloucester & Sharpness; history of the 19th century waterways scenes: then and now; cruising guide to the Warwickshire ring; four pages of readers' letter
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December's Book: The Waterways World Guide to Narrowboat Planning
The compact interiors of canal boats require careful planning to make the best use of the small space available. This book provides ideas, inspiration and technical solutions for the design of accommodation in a canal boat. It will help you to plan a new boat or to modify and improve an existing layout. Part 1 looks at the design of individual areas, examines the space needed for each activity, the pros and cons of each option and how the design of one area can affect another. Part 2 features 18 carefully selected case studies.
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Meticulously researched and updated by some of Britain's top waterways experts, this year's Annual contains comprehensive information on owning, buying and selling a boat; hire boat fleets; restoration; fitting out a narrowboat; boatyard services; moorings; surveyors & examiners. Plus the Canalmanac and your free route planning map!
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Chapters include: A beginner’s guide to different styles and sizes of boats; Information on how to buy a boat, essential equipment and running costs; Wide beam boats
on test; Cruising guides to popular UK wide waterways; Outline guides for French, Irish and other European waterways
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Everything you need to know about buying, owning and running a boat.
The fourth, completely revised and updated edition of the most comprehensive guide to owning a boat on Britain's inland waterways. Written by the technical consultant of Waterways World, it provides a complete guide to all aspects of boat ownership.
Graham Booth introduces you to Britain's waterways before describing the types of boat you might decide to buy. Subsequent chapters discuss every aspect of boat ownership:
- Licences, mooring, finance, insurance and maintenance
- Buying second-hand boats
- Living afloat
- Equipment and systems on inland boats
- Engines, including vintage and outboard
- Directory of inland waterway maintenance specialists
Published July 2010
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The 'Number Ones' were the proud elite of boat people who owned and operated their own cargo-carrying narrowboats. Joe and Rose Skinner were the last of them. This book brings together their story, along with their long-serving horse-boat Friendship, as a celebration of their unique position in waterway history. Edited by Hugh Potter, it includes a free CD-ROM featuring captivating interviews with Joe and Rose.
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The third edition of the standard work on fitting out traditional narrowboat shells. Starting with the purchase of a shell, it takes you through how to find an engine, the tools needed for DIY fitting out, insulation, lining out, water heating, electrics etc. Comprehensive listings of shell builders, engine suppliers and all the other necessary suppliers.
Christine Richardson has worked hard and to good effect to combine the fact and fantasy surrounding James Brindley into a very readable book. 136 pages, hardback.
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Christine Richardson has worked hard and to good effect to combine the fact and fantasy surrounding James Brindley into a very readable book. 136 pages, paperback.
In the first detailed history of the canal, the author traces the canal from its inception, through its construction and commercial success, to its eventual decline and new leisure role. 176 pages, hardback.
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From tentative beginnings in the 1950s to a thriving industry today, here is a definitive history of hotel boats. Anecdotes, historic and coloured photographs cover all aspects of hotel boat life including routes, operators and crew. 128 pages, hardback.
This clear and easy to use guide is the perfect companion for all visitors to the waterway between Reading and Bristol; whether walking, cycling, boating or simply arriving by car or public transport to enjoy the beauty of the canal. The waterway, once a vital commercial artery of the English economy, had gradually fallen into a state of deriliction by the 1950s. But as a result of a 40 year campaign by determined enthusiasts it was restored and reopened to full use by Her Majesty the Queen in 1990. The canal passes through some of the most beautiful countryside in southern England from the Thames Valley through the Vale of the White Horse to the Bristol Avon at Bath.
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World-famous, the Llangollen Canal is one of the most popular routes for holiday cruising; spectacular aqueducts and embankments alternate with short tunnels, lift-bridges and staircase locks amidst breathtaking scenery. From Hurleston, near Nantwich, the waterway meanders through lush Cheshire pastures, climbs the famous Grindley brook staircase locks district and, by way of Whitchurch, passes through Ellesmere's lake district. Beyond the awe-inspiring 200-year old Pontcysyllte Aqueduct the canal clings to the side of the Dee valley to finally reach Llangollen.
Branching off at Frankton, the Montgomery Canal may be followed via Welshpool to Newtown - but not all the way, yet, by boat - this guide describes the continuing restoration process.
Clear and easy to use with full-colour maps and packed with essential information.
This clear and easy to use guide is the perfect companion for all visitors to the waterway between the Midlands and the Thames at Oxford; whether walking, cycling, boating or simply arriving by car or public transport to enjoy the beauty of the canal. The waterway, once the main commercial artery from the industrial Midlands to London, was threatened with closure by the 1950s. But, as a result of a determined campaign, it has become one of the country's most popular cruising and long distance walking routes. Starting from the edge of the Midlands conurbation, the waterway climbs gradually to its remote and beautiful Cotswold summit. The descent to Oxford's dreaming spires passes through attractive stone-built villages to the Cherwell Valley.
The full colour maps include boaters' facilities, museums and pubs etc.
Julia Bradbury walks six spectacular old railway lines, looking at how the rise and fall of the railways has altered the lives of communities across Britain. Accompanying the BBC television series, the walks featured in this book follow the old tracks, overgrown cuttings and ancient viaducts which are the legacy of 'The Beeching Axe'. Today, many of the thousands of old branchlines which were closed in the 1960s are now the treasured stomping grounds of ramblers and hikers. Here are six of the best, all offering an insight into Britain's industrial heritage: from the Highland whisky trail to the quarries of Portland in Dorset, from the mines of Cornwall to the Victorian seaside resorts of Snowdonia. Fully illustrated with maps and photographs of Julia walking the routes and the spectacular surrounding landscapes, Julia Bradbury's Railway Walks will inspire you to don your walking boots and explore Britain's lost rail empire.
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FREE UK POSTAGE. Nestled in the far northwest of England, the Lake District is a land defined by its natural beauty and an inspiration to generations of writers, poets and artists. In this book Julia Bradbury follows in the footsteps of one of its most famous characters. The late Alfred Wainwright is know to millions who love the lakes as an author and artist. His Pictoral Guides, published in seven volumes between 1955 and 1966, have become a definitive reference to 214 different peaks, inspiring generations of walkers to roam Lakeland's glorious fells. Above all, 'AW' was a great fellwalker. Accompanying the BBC television series, this book follows Julia as she sets out on foot to retrace ten of Wainwright's classic routes. She takes on AW's ultimate challenge, Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain, as well as tackling some of the region's remotest fells, discovering some of its most tranquil spots and climbing to the top of the legendary fellwalker's final resting place, Haystacks. With a personalised message from Julia Bradbury (please ensure you note your message in the comments box).
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FREE UK POSTAGE. The late Alfred Wainwright was a man full of effort and ambition and the much-loved fellwalker created one of the truly great walking challenges - to walk across the whole of England. The Coast to Coast oute was AW's last great venture and has become his greatest legacy to long distance walkers - a beautifully simple proposition, linking three national parks that lie between the Irish and the North Sea. Accompanying the BBC television series, this book follows Julia Bradbury as she retraces Wainwright's grand traverse. The book collects together all six stages of the walk from the TV series, with Julia's commentary on her experience of the walk, accompanied by stills, evocative landscape photography, and AW's celebrated line drawings. Julia crosses this changing landscape in sun, wind and rain, learns something of its history and meets the people that make up almost 200 miles of northern England's most glorious countryside. With a personalised message from Julia Bradbury (please ensure you note your message in the comments box)
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Seasoned stomper Julia Bradbury dons her walking boots once again to explore the canals of Britain and their towpath trails. Accompanying the BBC television series, the walks featured in this book follow a hidden network of locks, bridges, aqueducts and tunnels, perfect for exploring on foot. It was the canals that transformed Britain into an industrial superpower, the transport arteries at the heart of an expanding empire. By the late 1700s Canal Mania was sweeping the nation and a new and growing network of transport superhighways dominated the landscape. Canals had arrived connecting towns and cities with Britain's industrial heartlands and export hubs. Here are four of the best walks, all offering an insight into Britain's industrial heritage. Navigating Highland Glens, rolling countryside, river valleys and our industrial heartland these waterways cut a sedate path through some of the country's finest scenery. Today, over 2,000 miles of restored canals offer a gateway into a different world. With a personalised message from Julia Bradbury (please ensure you note your message in the comments box)
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In this new BBC series, seasoned stomper Julia Bradbury dons her walking boots once again to explore the canals of Britain and their towpath trails. These four walks follow a hidden network of locks, bridges, aqueducts and tunnels, perfect for exploring on foot. They all offer an insight into Britain's industrial heritage, cutting a sedate path through some of the country's finest scenery. The Walks: 1. Highlands: Caledonian Canal; 2. Birmingham: Worcester and the Birmingham Canal; 3. Bath: Kennet and Avon Canal; 4. North Wales: Llangollen Canal. 120 mins approx. With a personalised message from Julia Bradbury (please ensure you note your message in the comments box).
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The Waterways World Thermal Mug will keep your hot drinks hot and your cold drinks cold. It's perfect for boating in any weather.
In the November 2013 issue: Water wings- unique barge traffic on the River Dee; advice on completing your boat's DIY paint job; inside the boatman's cabin- family life on a 19th century working boat; lost arms of the Wyrley & Essington- exploring the northern reaches of the BCN; interview with Waterways Ireland's new chief executive; 8-page pull-out guide to cruising the South Pennine Ring; 3 boats reviewed- a luxury 60ft semi trad narrowboat, Viking's low cost Seamaster cruiser and an award-winning wide-beam hotel boat
In the October 2013 issue: advice on repainting your boat; working boats on the K&A, history of the quiet four counties ring; on test- bespoke build 59ft semi-trad narrowboat; understanding digital maps; hotel boat holiday on a traditional ,motor-butty pair; cruising three mini rings- Droitwich, London and the northern BCN
In the September 2013 issue: Two boats reviewed; Scotland's little gem; A day on the Deepcut; Britain's best travelled boater?; Lengthening your boat; Canal heroes; Cruising the Four Counties Ring; Free 32-page essential guide to marinas and moorings
In the August 2013 issue: 10 new boats from Crick: Our pick of the year's number one show; Meet Richard Parry: Interview with the new CRT head; Cruising rings of the future: Where you'll be boating in 20 years; Canals on canvas: An artist's year-long painting tour; Cruising the Avon Ring: Route map, Boating notes, Pubs, Cities & sights
In the July 2013 issue: Two boat tests: Aintree's small boat on the water & 58ft roomy residential; Sunny Crick: First report on the vibrant boat show; CRT appoints new head: Rail boss to lead canals; Boating the solar system: On the Bridgwater & Taunton; Cruising the Cheshire Ring: Detailed maps, Boating notes, Pubs, Cities & sights; Interview with Julia Bradbury
In the June 2013 issue: Exclusive Crick boats preview: Four show boats reviewed; 25ft 'starter' narrowboat: Designed by WW's Mark Langley; Cruising the lake of kings: Ireland's majestic Lough Ree; Dog pie & degenerate days: The Thames Guide of 1889; Cruising the Leicester Ring: Detailed maps, Boating notes; Pubs; Cities & sights; Banbury past & present: The town's changing canalside scene
In the May 2013 issue: Boat test: 57ft tug-style narrowboat - traditional design plus wartime engine; Crick Boat Show preview: The definitive guide; Favourite memories: WW's boating highlights; Exploring the Montgomery Canal: By boat and boot on this beautiful Welsh waterway; Four decades of hiring: The story of Chas Hardern; The greatest waterways story never told? CRT Operations Director speaks out; 12 pages of news; Products; Cromford Canal restoration
In the April 2013 issue: Boat Test: Budget 59ft semi-trad built in Poland; A widow's waterway: Humber keels on the Leven Canal; Get ready for 2013: pre-season checklist & full rally round-up; Cruising the Thames Ring: Detailed maps, Boating advice, Pubs, Cities and sights; Broad & narrow: Boating the Droitwich; The new Boat Safety Scheme: What it means for you; Free equipment & chandlery guide: maintenance tips, essential products, chandleries directory, FAQs; The story of George Smith; Toilet maintenance; The Bude Canal
In the March 2013 issue: The most luxurious hire-boat ever? 57ft semi-trad on test; Britain's toughest waterway? Tackling the Rochdale; Stove fuel test: Finding the best burn; Cruising the Staffordshire Ring: Explore the Midlands with detailed maps, boating advice, pubs, cities & sights; Cruising in Friesland: Holland's beautiful Lake District; Discovering the Grantham; The HS2 Link: What it means for the waterways
In the February 2013 issue: Built for Europe: 49ft Dutch-style barge; Cruise of a lifetime: 344 miles across the network; Portable power: Choosing a generator; Cruising the Middle Level Navigations: Discover the far-flung fens; A true boating life: The latter days of carrying; Hand off our Thames! Society resists CRT takeover; 12 pages of news; Kidderminster past & present
In the January 2013 issue: Second-hand boats: Four brokerage bargains plus an enticing sailaway!; The Broads: Cruising in East Anglia - Detailed maps, boating advice, pubs, everything you need!; Seeing the light: LEDs on test; Art of the waterways: From sculpture to stage shows; Cruising the Mon & Brec: 50 years ago; Your reaction to Robin Evans interview; Free guide to holiday hiring; Disaster on the Great Western
In the December 2012 issue: Robin Evans speaks out: Face-to-face with CRT's top man; Bespoke beauty: 60ft cruiser stern narrowboat; Tackling the Trent Tideway in a 40ft narrowboat; A no-brainer restoration: The Stafford Riverway Link; Cruising in South Yorkshire on the S & SYN...and the Stainforth & Keadby: Detailed maps, boating advice, pubs, everything you need!; Stay warm in Winter: Central heating review; Middlewich past & present
In the November 2012 issue: DIY narrowboat: Award-winning workmanship; Tackling the tide: Navigating the Severn Estuary; Solar panel test: still viable in winter?; Cadbury's Barge School: Education afloat in 1917; Buying a second-hand cruiser; Ireland'd Grand Canal; Cruising the Fens on the Lower Great Ouse...and it's tributaries: Detailed maps, boating advice, pubs, everything you need; How to sell your narrowboat; The Canal & River Trust's first AGM
In the October 2012 issue: 70ft of luxury: The ultimate family wide-beam; Budget boating: Get afloat for less than £1k; Remote cruising: Chelmer & Blackwater and River Ancholme; Westall's 1908 waterway guide: The Southern Navigations; Cruising in West Yorkshire: The Aire & Calder plus the Calder & Hebble - detailed maps, boating advice, pubs, everything you need!; What now for the Olympic Waterways?; Making square portholes; Droitwich past & present
In the September 2012 issue: Inspiring boat interiors: stunning ideas featuring a premium wide-beam & a 61ft narrowboat; Battery guide: staying charged up; The first Boating Bible: Westall's Cruising Guide of 1908; Off the beaten track: Exploring the River Nene; A canal of contrasts: Cruising the Leicester Line - detailed maps, boating advice, pubs, everything you need!; Madagascar's mighty canal; The Woolwich Free Ferry
In the August 2012 issue: New boats from Crick: Our pick from the four-day show plus the best new products; Sailing the Broads on the oldest wherry afloat; Bollington Burst - historic breach on the Macclesfield; Lock-free cruising on the North Oxford and Ashby - detailed maps, boating notes, pubs, everything you need!; Summer Maintenance - keeping your boat in shape; Saving the Lower Avon; The canal to Wigan Pier; A Waterways Watershed - Canal & River Trust is born
In the July 2012 issue: Residential wide-beam set for the USA; Saving the Avon: The first restoration of all; London's waterways: The complete guide - Beginner's guide to the tideway, exploring the Olympic waterways; Regent's Canal - what to see; Free - your essential guide to marinas & moorings; Safety tips; Lost canals
In the June 2012 issue: See the Crick boats first: four show boats reviewed; The gorgeous Peak Forest...and the gritty Ashton - detailed maps, boating notes, pubs, everything you need!; Narrow dog to Standedge - Through the canals' longest tunnel; Mine's a pint! How pubs used to be; The new Trust: latest plans; River Shannon
In the May 2012 Special 40th Anniversary issue: Crick Boat Show preview - the definitive guide; 45ft of style: striking new boat reviewed; Special Feature: WW past, present and future; Lazy cruising: The Severn and Gloucester & Sharpness - detailed maps, boating notes, pubs, everything you need!; Boatman's cabins: why you should have one; Giant horses: Scotland's new canal; Irish Cruising
In the April 2012 issue: 57ft off-the-peg narrowboat; Fitting a solar panel: saving your batteries; Living afloat: 50 things to know; Cruising to York: The mighty Ouse & the secret Derwent - detailed maps, boatyards, pubs, everything you need!; Olympic waterways: how they used to be; Side-ponds - how they work; BW history: the last 20 years
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In the February 2012 issue: Josher style with a vintage engine: practical 62ft narrowboat on test; The Leeds & Liverpoll Canal: Wigan to Foulridge 8-page guide with detailed maps; Trailable boating: The go-anywhere narrowboat; Crossing the Cotswolds: Victorian adventure: Be a volunteer lockie; Single-handing secrets revealed: Work locks without a crew; The BW story; Cruising in Holland; Lost canals
In the January 2012 issue: 62ft narrowboat: Traditional styling with modern comforts; Boating with kids; The history of British Waterways; Mikron: the towpath troubadours; The complete guide to Scotland's canals: Caledonian, Falkirk Wheel, The Lowlands, Crinan; Lock technique; Make a boat stool; Boating in 1914; Lost tunnels