August 2016

Summer events galore are captured in all their colourful glory in the August issue of the UK’s number one read for waterways users.
Towpath Talk has been out and about at shows, festivals and waterway events up and down the country and the latest issue includes reports from Braunston Historic Boat Rally, Middlewich Festival, the Eldonian Village Canal Festival in Liverpool, Burscough Heritage Weekend, Lymm Historic Transport Day and the Russell Newbery Register’s annual rally at Aylesbury.
There are personal and human interest stories, too, about the people who make the waterways come alive. Pensioner Hetty Sleigh was recently reunited with the boat on which she was born nearly 80 years ago; we report on a couple who still live on their boat at the ages of 97 and 103; and this month’s Characters of the Cut are a duo who run a coal-carrying business and say their eyes met over a diesel pump!
If you enjoy the history and heritage of Britain, the Lion Salt Works Museum on the outskirts of Northwich, in Cheshire, sounds well worth a visit and we have a round-up of other August events at the museum that are canal related.
There’s plenty of news from the waterways world, including an update on the Bridgewater Canal supplementary licence row, a summer makeover for a historic lock in Somerset, and how the revised HS2 route could bring both good and bad news for canal restoration plans. One man and his dog will be kayaking along canals to raise money for the RSPCA and there’s a special report on etiquette on the inland waterways.
Regular features include chat from boat horse Cracker, your observations as you traverse the waterways, a delicious recipe, diary dates, volunteering opportunities, technical information about fuel tanks, and much more.