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Wey Navigation

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 16 August 2008

The UK has miles of navigable inland waterways which offer an unparalleled opportunity for both leisure and leisurely travel. Sandi Toksvig goes to Godalming in Surrey to sample the delights of the Wey Navigation, part canal, part river.

Sandi boards a traditional style narrow boat owned by retired Colonel in the Grenadier Guards Euan Houstoun and his wife Joanna, her hosts for the day. They are joined by former regional chair of the Inland Waterways Association Brian Roberts and his wife Jackie and television producer Steve Haywood, a canal boat enthusiast and author of Narrow boat dreams and A journey north by England’s waterways.

They discuss how the waterways have improved over the years and the pleasures of pootling along the cut at walking speed, through Britain’s back garden.


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