The Guide - Reviewed by Waterways World June 2009: "a splendid
Cruising French Waterways
by Hugh McKnight; 4th edition (2005)
Inland Waterways of France
by David Edwards-May; 8th edition (to be published Jul 2010);
UK ISBN 0 85288 472 9; Pub.: Imray
Through the French Canals
by David Jefferson; 12th edition (Mar 2009); Pub.: Adlard Coles Nautical
Reviewed by Waterways World June 2009: "excellent overall introduction"
Waterway Routes Through France Map
compiled by Jane Cumberlidge
Inland Waterways of Ireland
by Jane Cumberlidge; 1st edition (2002)
UK ISBN 0 85288 424 9; Pub.: Imray
Inland Waterways of The Netherlands
by Louise Busby and David Broad; Pub.: Imray
Reviewed by Waterways World Jan 2008
A Boaters Guide to Boating
by Chris Deuchar;
a mixture of old and new waterway techniques. Published Oct 97.
Reviewed in Waterways World Feb. 98.
ISBN 0-9531512-0-4. (Chris is a participant in the canals mailing
list/uk.rec.waterways newsgroup.) Contact Chris, for costs and other
details via his publication page at
Chris Deuchar's Books ...
Illustrated History of Canal and River Navigations
by Edward W.Paget-Tomlinson; Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press;
Date Published: Mar 1993 [Dr. Sean Neill says "covers canals, structures, boats, carrying companies etc etc. -
obviously with limited detail but enough for most people".]
Route Planning Websites and Software
- planning online via the web; free service; UK and expanding onto
Note: I am not aware of any route planning software that
can be used offline. (There had been one, but it has ceased trading.)
"Paper" as distinct from "on-line".
In planning a cruise, most people use one of the options above.
While cruising, most people use one of the canals guides listed above (all
which contain detailed maps). However, if you insist on having a map, there
is an excellent selection available from the
Inland Waterways Association On-Line shop.
Also check out Heron Maps, who offer canal and R. Thames maps.
However if you are driving in your car, and hope to drive to a particular
point on a canal, then you have a different problem. The best choice
of altas for
this at the time of this writing (Sept 2009) is Philip's Navigator
There's a huge number of videos available on sites like
Youtube. (For example,
search Youtube for "narrowboat"). All too daunting for me -
I'm afraid you're on your own here.
Commercially-Produced Videos (DVD or Videocassette)
Please note that there are three video standards in which waterways videos may be
found: PAL, SECAM, and NTSC; they are incompatible. Be sure you know which standard is in use in your
country, and be sure the DVD or videocassette you are getting is in the correct format. (An alternative is to get a videocassette in the "wrong"
format, and pay a service to convert it, which can be costly.)
Note also that DVDs can have "region codes" which prohibit playing the
DVD on players that are not from the allowed region.