Based on the acclaimed canal guide series in Canoeist, this is a comprehensive and absorbing survey of Britain’s canal network and provides a fascinating insight into the linked up waterways as well as the isolated cuts and quiet waters which may not be navigable by larger craft.

From Tiverton Basin on the Grand Western Canal to the Beauly Firth at the end of the Caledonian Canal, Britain has a unique canal network. Infinitely varied, it passes picturesque open countryside, wild moorland, coastal harbours, historic industrial buildings, modern city centres, canalside public houses and abundant wildlife. Every aspect of the canals is examined, their construction, rich history, stunning scenery, heritage, incredible engineering, impressive architecture and even their associated folklore, wildlife and art. Enticing photographs give a flavour of each place and places of interest close to the canals are included.

This third edition is updated and expanded with stunning new photography. Packed with maps and fascinating text, it is an attractive, inspiring and practical guide for boaters, walkers, bikers, holidaymakers, riders and everyone else who uses the canals and towpaths throughout the year.

Size A4

352 pages

66 maps

1,023 photographs

Soft cover

978 1 4729 9492 9

4th edition 2023

Price £30.00

Also in ePub and PDF eBook formats, £24.00

Review of third edition

a separate volume on navigable rivers appeared in 2013. The two together could be considered a comprehensive catalogue of the full navigable network... there's no denying its diligent authority and it deserves a place in every enthusiast's home library’ Andrew Denny - Waterways World

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The Canal Guide is a compact edition presenting 55 of the most accessible canals attractively with selected pictures and descriptions.

Size 230 x 160mm

352 pages

Soft cover

978 1 4729 7405 1

2nd edition 2021

Price £18.99


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