As far as I know, Tessa Mitchinson is the only woman living by herself on a boat in the English Canals. There are many couples and single men, but not single women.
Tessa is a British nurse specializing in sexual health, and because of that she has traveled to different countries while involved in educational projects, such as China. During the last years, she has also attended refugees in France and Greece. Today, she works at the Bristol Hospital and lives on her boat, the Paddington Armer, in the canals around the city.
Mainly keeping it between Bristol and Bath, where her mother lives and she is originally from, Tessa travels with Paddy through the British landscape as far as time allows.