Canal Cruising Moods

It may seem perverse, but one of the best things about canal holidays is the ability to moor up, step off the narrowboat, and explore. There are market towns and villages for picking up essential supplies and local delicacies, water-based leisure activities, towpath cycling, and heritage sites to visit. Getting active Getting in supplies Getting…

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Canal Cruising continued

Beyond the architecture Canals aren’t all about the architecture, and the mechanics of travelling through rocky terrain, centres of industry, and up and down hills.Canals are steeped in the landscape, giving glimpses of an abundance of wildlife and the glories of nature not possible elsewhere. Flora: usual suspects – and surprises Fauna: in fields and…

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A Cut Above … canal cruising in South Wales

Eighteen months after our previous holiday, we travelled beyond ‘local’. Eighteen months ago, we stepped off narrowboat “The Owl” after cruising the Llangollen and Shropshire canals. Eighteen months on, we took control of narrowboat “Country Lass” on the Brecon and Montgomery canal. It was so good to be back. On the water. On holiday. Different…

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Challenge Your Camera #8

Sport I won’t say I’m the least sporty person I know, but I’m come pretty close. Poor balance, problems with proprioception – basically that means I don’t ‘know’ where my body is in spatial terms, and hyper-mobility means team games are out.As for watching sport? Looking back, I’ve watched some ‘major’ events over the past…

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World Tourism Day 2020

In 2019 the theme for World Tourism Day 2020 was set. With much of the world experiencing some level of travel restriction due to Covid-19, celebrating World Tourism Day in 2020 appears perverse. But the theme that was set, “Tourism and Rural Development”, now seems far-sighted with its remit of celebrating the ways tourism outside the…

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Lockdown easing: travels #3

Just over ten years ago my husband picked up a second-hand book on English Churches at our local country park. It had no dust jacket and all the photographs were black and white, but what a wealth of fascination it opened for us. Since then we have visited churches in cities, towns, and villages; we…

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