Barging on English Canals

The waterway system in England is more varied and tightly knit than it is in France. Small rivers feed into the land mass on both east and west coasts and from there into the canal system. Many of the canals were built for narrowboats 40 to 60 or 70 feet but less 7 feet wide. They are surprisingly easy to maneuver at the stern with a single inboard.

In 1997 my wife and I rented a narrowboat for three weeks and had a great experience. Free mooring everywhere, wonderful food at great pubs along the canal, great towns and cities. Easy cruising. The full story the trip for which the Naples Daily News devoted its Travel Section of October 26, 1997 can be found in Three Weeks Barging on English Canals.

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This page was originally erected on November 29, 1997 and last updated on April 15, 2007.