Water ways : a thousand miles along Britain's canals.
Publication year: 2018
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: London : Profile Books, 2018.
ISBN: 1781257957 9781781257951 (hbk): 14.99
For 150 years, between the plod of packhorse trains and the arrival of the railways, canals were the high-tech water machine driving the industrial revolution. Amazing feats of engineering, they carried the rural into the city and the urban into the countryside, and changed the lives of everyone. And then, just when their purpose was extinguished by modern transport, they were saved from extinction and repurposed as a 'slow highways' network, a peaceful and countrywide haven from our too-busy age. Today, there are more boats on the canals than in their Victorian heyday. Writer and slow adventurer Jasper Winn spent a year exploring Britain's waterways on foot and by bike, in a kayak and on narrowboats.
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A personal tour of English canals, sleeping outdoors, kayaking difficult sections, learning adroit narrowboat manoeuvres, all with acute observations and delightful insight, What a history of governmental failure to invest in our world heritage assets. A classic.
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