Words, artwork and soundscape: Rob St John The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in North Wales carries the Llangollen Canal high above the River Dee valley. Designed by Thomas Telford and completed in 1805, the ‘Ponty’ spans over 300 metres across the wooded valley, its arches rising 38 metres through the treetops. The longest aqueduct in Great Britain,…
Learning to live without
New boaters Emma and Joe share the ups and downs of their first year on the water, from practical challenges and adapting to small space living to those ‘pinch me’ moments.
Known around the country as ‘Polly washdish’, ‘nanny washtail’ and ‘scullery maid’, the grey wagtail is much more than it seems, says naturalist Conor Jameson
A towpath odyssey
Over the past seven years, Rich Hawker has walked every single canal in the country – an epic 1,873-mile towpath odyssey. We joined him on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal for his triumphant final mile
The secrets of ivy
An important source of autumn nectar, as well as providing roosts for birds, rodents and bats, ivy is an unexpected champion of our waterways.