Most of us in England and Wales live within five miles of a canal - and they are used more today than in their industrial heyday. There is a lot more to canals than just narrowboats!
Jasper Winn grew up in West Cork, where he left school age ten and educated himself by reading, riding horses and playing music, an upbringing that shaped a lifetime of travel. He is the author of Paddle: A Long Way Around Ireland (Sort Of Books), the story of a solo trip by kayak, and is currently Writer in Residence for the Canal and River Trust. Find Jasper on Twitter @JasperWinn or at http://jasperwinn.com.