Ceased publication of paper books, but available for download with
a donation; apparently these have not been updated for some years
Four Counties & Cheshire Ring
Birmingham & West Midlands
Thames and Southern Waterways (2007)
Grand Union (2007)
East Anglian and East Midlands (includes Leicester Ring) (2009)
Richlow Guides - ceased publication in 2015
Chesterfield Canal (2008)
Lincolnshire Waterways (Jul 2008)
North Yorkshire Waterways (March 2011)
South Pennine Ring - Part 1 (Jan 2010)
South Pennine Ring - Part 2 (Jan 2011)
South Yorkshire Waterways (March 2012)
Waterways World Canal Guides - all pretty old now
Grand Union (2000)
Kennet and Avon (2002)
Llangollen & Montgomery (2005)
Shropshire Union (2004)
The Times Waterways of Britain
by Jonathan Mosse (2010)
Inland Waterways of Great Britain
by Jane Cumberlidge; 9th edition (2009)
Publisher: Imray. ISBN 978-1846230103
Britain's Waterways - a Unique Insight
by Brian Roberts; 2nd edition (2006)
Britain's Waterways - Cruising rings and other things
by Brian Roberts; 2nd edition (2008)
River Thames Book
by Chris Cove-Smith; 5th edition (2009)
Inland Boat Owner's Book
by Graham Booth; 4th edition (July 2010);
"Everything you need to know about buying, owning and running a boat";
Publisher: Waterways World
Britain's Great Waterways Outdoors (Mar 2011)
Weekend Walks (Mar 2010)
Pub Days Out (Mar 2010)
The Guide - (Mar 2010) - prev. ed. reviewed by Waterways World
June 2009: "a splendid publication"
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".]
Note that the canals guides listed above all
contain detailed maps. However, if you insist on having a separate paper 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 without using a GPS, the best choice
of altas for
this is probably Philip's Navigator
Britain, which shows canal locks and bridge numbers.
For European waters, Waterways World magazine used to suggest (4/09) that the
definitive map was the
European Waterways Map and Directory
However, Euromapping appears to have ceased trading.
The last edition of the map may have been the 5th, in 2014.
These use the old-style (non-HD) video format.
Please note that there are three video standards in which may be
used: 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.
Laurence Hogg Productions - I'm sorry to report that Laurence
passed away in June 2018
- makers of waterways videos