Page updated 16 February 2015

The English canal network was developed in the early days of the industrial revolution. My introduction to it was in back in 1963. I've returned to boating on the network from time to time.

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1963 - Llangollen Holiday A Holiday on the Llangollen Canal - 1963

The Chapman family take to the water for a week in a 24ft plywood cruiser.

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1970 - Llangollen Holiday A Holiday on the Llangollen Canal - 1970

Friend, Graham, my brother Mike and I take a holiday on the Llangollen Canal with Mike's girlfriend and one of her friends from college.

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2001 - Stolen Time (Planned!) A year's ownership of a share in a narrowboat in 2001-2002

Experience of the OwnerShips scheme with a one twelfth share of a narrowboat.

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2011 - Hatton & Lapworth Flights Canal Walking - 25 April 2011

It's a glorious Easter Monday and it sees Diana, her sister, and I taking walks on the towpaths of the Grand Union and Stratford-On-Avon Canals at the Hatton and Lapworth flights.

2011 - Narrowboat Brokers Canal Boat Brokers - 1 May 2011

Diana and I went to view narrowboats for sale at Whilton Marina and the Andy Burnett brokerage. I thought I'd add a link to this blog post here as, within the blog it is rather lost in amongst reports of the refurbishment of my little SeaHawk yacht, Just 17!

2011 - The Hunt for Harnser The Hunt for Nb Harnser - 30 May 2011

It's a wet bank holiday weekend and Diana and I attempt to hunt down my friend Brian aboard his narrowboat Harnser, somewhere on the Oxford Canal.

2011 - Banbury Canal Day Banbury Canal Day - 4 October 2011

Sylvia, Diana's sister, suggested a trip to Banbury Canal Day as a friend of hers had booked a coach trip from London to visit the event. So, on the hottest October day on record, Diana and I took Sylvia to meet up with Hilary and enjoy a day by the canal.

2012 - Lapworth Flight Walk Walking the Lapworth Flight - 24 March 2012

Eleven months after our Easter Monday walk on the Lapworth Flight, Diana and I do it again with friends Kevin and Elizabeth and it produces a rather different set of photographs.

2014 - Birmingham Walking Around Central Birmingham's Canals - 17 March 2014

Diana travels to Birmingham to attend a conference, I tag along and use the time while she's at work to see a part of the canal network I always wanted to visit and walk the Aston and Farmer's Bridge Flights and see Gas Street Basin. (With almost 60 photos this report is split over three pages.)

2015 - Viewing Adderbury Viewing Narrowboats - 24 January 2015

After spending New year at my brother's and hearing he'd given up on the idea of buying a share in a boat, Diana suggests we should buy one jointly. So we travel to Cheshire to view some narrowboats and end up making an offer.

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