Bank on the calm wa­ters of canal coun­try

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can live on it,” says Noel. It will be called Nice One. This is why they are sell­ing the three-bed­room cottage with its views of Worces­ter cathe­dral for £190,000 through An­drew Grant (01905 734734; an­drew­ It has been newly flood­proofed and has a con­cealed pump as backup. “The wa­ter lev­els rose last year and the sys­tem worked,” says Noel. Richard and Julie Green fell in love with canal­side living af­ter a hol­i­day on a nar­row­boat. They bought Park Cottage on the Shrop­shire Union Canal near Oswestry with plans to knock down and build new. They have plan­ning per­mis­sion but have not started the work as they couldn’t sell their pre­vi­ous house. While they waited, they had fun 1Royal Quay is on Lime­house Cut, east Lon­don, one of Lon­don’s old­est canals. Re­gal Homes (020 7328 7171; re­ is cre­at­ing 90 stu­dios, one and two-bed­room flats be­hind the orig­i­nal industrial ware­house façade, with wood floors and ex­posed brick­work. The Grapes, a 1583 pub where Charles Dick­ens used to drink, now jointly owned by Evgeny Lebe­dev, Sean Mathias and Sir Ian McKellen, is nearby and Gor­don Ram­say’s gas­tropub The Nar­row is in the old Cus­tom House. 2Wharf House, Burbage Wharf, Wilt­shire, is on the Ken­net & Avon Canal be­tween Hunger­ford Town Bridge (20 locks away) and Pewsey Wharf (four locks away). It is Grade II-listed, newly re­fur­bished with four bed­rooms, £695,000, Carter Jonas (01672 514916; carter­jonas. A his­toric crane, re­built by vol­un­teers, stands be­side it, orig­i­nally made in 1833 to un­load coal, tim­ber, lime and bricks. 3Grand Union Walk, Ken­tish Town, Lon­don, is a fu­tur­is­tic ter­race de­signed by Sir Ni­cholas Grimshaw, built in 1988. A onebed­room maisonette with a bal­cony is on at £650,000, The Mod­ern House (020 7704 3504; the­mod­ern­ with the gar­den. They built an oak­framed gazebo with a bar, sauna and hot tub from which they could watch the boats. They also built fea­tures for pass­ing boats to ad­mire, such as a wish­ing well and an old tramp Billy, made of spare parts, who sits on a bench. This is, says Julie, the busiest canal in the UK, so in the sum­mer the boats stack up. “We bought a 57ft nar­row­boat our­selves last Septem­ber called Far From the Madding Crowd. It is moored at the bot­tom of the gar­den and we spent last Christ­mas on it.” Next week they will take it along the Llan­gollen Canal. All this is com­ing to an end, how­ever, as Richard has a new job in Scot­land so they are sell­ing through Rich­mond Har­vey (01691 654222; rich­mond­har­ at £499,995.

Change the locks: re­lax by the canal­side, above right, at Wharf House, Burbage, Wilt­shire, top, or the fu­tur­is­tic Grand Union Walk, Lon­don, above left

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