Meet the boaters, families and time-travelling navvies who stopped by to explore the secret worlds unveiled at St Pancras Lock Open Weekend on 4-5 February 2017
Secrets of the towpath
Rope grooves, toll points and glow-in-the-dark mileposts: how to seek out clues to our waterways’ industrial past on your next walk
Podcast: Last of the Bargees
Alice Lapworth shares tales of her time on the canals in the 1950s, sharing space with a family of 11, sleeping under her parents’ bed and jiving to gramophone music on the towpath.
Peter Watts explores the curious contradictions of time on our canals – how the perceived idle life stands at odds with the realities of boat life and how the creation of these unhurried thoroughfares was rooted in our lust for speed.
The Towpath Runner
Ruth Allen shares her stretch of the Cromford Canal in Derbyshire and explores why jogging beside water has become integral to her feeling at home.