As the boating season draws to a close for many, especially families who have enjoyed the summer holidays afloat, there’s still lots to do on the UK’s waterways if you have time to spare.
The October issue of Towpath Talk is packed to the gunnels (or gunwales if you prefer!) with reports of festivals, events and celebrations from those lazy, hazy days that boating is designed for. The IWA Festival of Water, Brighouse’s colourful Canal, Beer and Music Festival, Chorley’s Canal Fest to mark the 200th anniversary of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Burnley Canal Festival, the 30th anniversary of the Angel Canal Festival in Islington… just a few of the events that surface in the latest issue.
There’s a special report on the wooden narrowboat Dane, which was the star of the show at Alvecote Historic Boat Gathering, some chat straight from the horse’s mouth as boat horse Cracker delivers his verdict on the canal fayre at Maesbury, and a welcome stop at a variety of canalside teashops for a cup of tea and a slice of Victoria sponge cake – or whatever you fancy, really!
We have a special feature on cultivation on the cut, where boats are blooming and blossoming across Britain as their green-fingered owners dig the dirt on their waterborne nurseries.
There’s news galore – reports on bats, birds, butterflies and even a rare eel! – and if you’re thinking of buying a new boat over the winter, we have 20 pages of them for sale!