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Life on a narrowboat can be as peaceful as it is idyllic BUT you need to understand the pros, cons, highs, lows, and day to day logistics in living on England's inland waterways. Let me help you find out all you need to know before you commit to what could be a very expensive mistake.


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Roydon Marina Village

At Roydon Mill Marina our aim is to provide first-class facilities for boat owners at competitive rates in an attractive, welcoming and safe environment.

The quiet River Stort runs past watermills and country houses through some of the prettiest landscape in southern England. The river is a tributary of the River Lee and extends the navigation to Bishops Stortford, but the two waterways are very different.
The rural River Stort’s gentle, winding course has remained unaltered by the passage of time, unlike the Lee Navigation which has been straightened and shortened by generations of engineers. Just 14 miles long, the navigation is engagingly beautiful, with its scenic mills and maltings.

A river of many roles, the 28-mile Lee Navigation has served various transport, waste disposal, flood control, mill power and pleasure boating needs. Today, it’s the centrepiece of the Lee Valley Park – a green corridor full of activities for all the family, and the ideal weekend escape for the busy Londoner. With London’s successful bid for the 2012 Olympics, the River looks set to become world famous as the thread that links several key venues. The secluded towpath is popular with cyclists and walkers, providing a relaxing green space hidden from the sprawl of London’s suburbs.

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Paul Smith
 

After six and a half years living on a narrowboat on England's inland waterways, Paul and his wife Cynthia now wander Europe by motorhome during the winter, and on the Dutch and French waterways in the warmer months on their 32' Dutch motor cruiser.

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