For a brief spell in history “canal mania” swept the land, but when the railways came, the canals were abandoned in favour of speed. Follow the fascinating journey to discover what it was like to work on the canals of Britain. From the men who dug the canals and the great engineers responsible for their construction, through to the strong and powerful boatmen. In more recent years the canals have regained their popularity, but this time with holidays afloat. An entire leisure and tourist industry has developed that has ensured the conservation and restoration of the waterways for everyone to enjoy.