Welcome to the inland waterways!

Hello! My name’s David Johns. In 2015, I quit my job in local television news, sold my house and went to live on a narrowboat, cruising around the canals of England. I documented my time aboard in video and now make films about canal life. On this website I have the complete collection of those videos plus pages of information to help you in your canal journey whether for holiday or living aboard. Welcome along!

Click below for my latest videos or use the menus above to find what you’re after.

  • Vlog 336: If you build it…
    Formed in 1969, the Grantham Canal Society is undertaking the huge task of restoring a 33-mile canal dating from the Industrial Revolution, over 200 years ago. I went up to see how they’re getting along.
  • Vlog 335: Nimble Boating
    There are some aspects of the boat’s refurbishment that simply can’t be achieved (or are difficult to do) while it’s in the water so in this video I took the boat from its mooring at Stourport a little way down the river to a wharf where it’s been hauled out so that I can work on it on dry land.
  • Vlog 334: Happy Trails
    The annual IWA Trailboat Festival 2024 was held on the Ashby Canal at Moira in Leicestershire, a gathering of compact, lightweight canal boats that can be towed on a trailer behind a suitable car or van. These included Wilderness Beavers, Sea Otters and even a Caraboat!