I spend a day with Connor Warner, a professional boat mover who takes customers’ narrowboats, cruisers, Dutch barges … you name it …. around the rivers and canals of Britain.
This is Part 2 of the day I spent with Heidi, the Narrowboat Pirate, aboard her boat “The Rum Wench”. In this video, we cruise a little way up the Llangollen Canal in north Wales, starting from the Prees branch.
Although normally prohibited to powered craft, with permission of the Cam Conservators in winter you can take a narrowboat onto the Cambridge “Backs” where the river Cam flows behind many of the city’s historic colleges.
I was invited to take part in a trip that very few narrowboats are able to enjoy, along the “Cambridge Backs”. This is Part 1 of 2 of the journey.
This is the third and final part of my cruise along the Middle Level Navigations across the Cambridgeshire Fens on a borrowed narrowboat, in which I go up Well Creek.
This is part 2 (of 3) of my cruise along the Middle Level Navigations on the Cambridgeshire Fens, as I took the narrowboat I’d borrowed from Whittlesey to March. It was windy and the skies were dull.
I was lent a narrowboat for a week by two viewers of the channel! Starting in Peterborough, I took the boat off the River Nene and onto the Middle Level Navigations. This is part 1 of 3 of that week-long cruise.
This is an uninterrupted (almost, there are a couple of camcorder battery changes and a re-fuelling stop) video recording from the camera on the bow of a narrowboat as it travelled along the Grand Union Canal in Northamptonshire from Gayton Junction to Weedon Bec.
A long-standing viewer of this channel was kind enough to offer me a day trip on her boat as she came along the Grand Union canal from Gayton to Weedon, so of course I jumped at the chance.
Opened originally in 1811, the Standedge (pronounced “Stannedge”, apparently) canal tunnel is a legendary boating experience at 5km (3.5m) long and hundreds of feet underground. I was lucky enough to join narrowboaters on a Pennine Cruise organised by the Huddersfield Canal Society as they went through this amazing tunnel.