The hairy beast of Hackney Marshes, an ankle-grabbing ghoul and an alligator lurking in Welsh mountain lakes: delve into the myths and legends of our waterways
Sit by the fire with traditional music specialist Sam Lee, as he unravels the relationship between water and Britain’s folk heritage
Share in the life and times of John O’Connor, whose romantic vision shapes the way we see waterways today
Imagine living in a floating egg on a tidal river, your views ever shifting with the ebb and flow of the tide. Artist Stephen Turner shares his experiences with his invention, The Exbury Egg, and introduces its new home on the Grand Union Canal.
The guitarist with the nature-loving rock group British Sea Power selects the books, poems and songs that connect him to canals and rivers
Rope grooves, toll points and glow-in-the-dark mileposts: how to seek out clues to our waterways’ industrial past on your next walk
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.
Think you know our inland waterways? Take this fun quiz – inspired by recent features in Waterfront – to test your knowledge.
Come with us as we descend into the ice wells below the London Canal Museum