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In episode six, John barges from Bath towards London. He proves useless at beer barrel making, better at steam engine stoking and a natural with Freddy the narrow boat horse.
“Canals changed the map of Britain. They were the motorways of the age. Now, it was easy to transport goods in bulk across the country and for the first time, towns could become home to new industries.” John Sergeant
Britain’s canal network is a true national treasure. Forged in the fire of world-changing historic events, yet set within gorgeous scenery, it’s bursting with undiscovered history and home to a vibrant community rooted in a unique way of life.
In this new eight-part series, John Sergeant sets off on a rich and colourful voyage along the eight best canal journeys Britain has to offer, exploring their extraordinary stories as he goes.
It’s a waterway voyage from top to toe of our beautiful country, from the gentle hills of Somerset in the south, via the breath-taking countryside and engineering of the Welsh Llangollen, to the dramatic splendour of the spectacular coast to coast Caledonian Canal in the north of Scotland. Every step of the way, John immerses himself in living history, bringing the past to life by rolling up his sleeves, getting stuck in, and having a go at canal practices past and present.