Maps and guides to help you find your way along the inland waterways of the UK.

Canals of Birmingham

Compiled by Richard Dean
Historical Canal Maps.

Inland Cruise Log Book

By Diana Van Der Klugt
Suitable for craft on Britsh and continental waterways.

Cool Canals Book

By Phillippa Greenwood and Martine O’Callaghan
An excellent guide to exploring Britain’s inland waterways. It’s packed full of ideas, things to do, places to visit as well as some of the more quirky things you can discover on and along the canals.

First Mate Guide - (Individually Priced)


The First Mate Guide is the only guide to tell you how to find facilities near to your route.

Each book lists doctors, chemists, dentists, laundrettes, Post Offices and so on as well as shops and supermarkets. Maps of each town or village highlight their location. The accuracy of the guides is guaranteed by the fact that the author has regularly cruised the waterways checking the information. Prices vary according to the size of the book and the amount of information provided.

Geo Projects Canal Maps

If you prefer to be able to lay out a map and plot your route rather than keep turning pages, then these maps are ideal. Each map covers a section of canal or several depending on their length. The price varies according to the size of map.

Unfortunately this company has ceased trading, so as stock runs out we will not be able to replace them and will remove them from here. If we don't have your map at the time you order we will of course give you a full refund.

Navigator Britain Canal Atlas

Philip's Navigator Britain shows speed-camera locations, with their speed limits, and provides over 3000 road names as well as numbers. It includes 100 indexed town-centre maps, detailed approach maps to 12 major urban areas, route-planning maps, a distance table, and a fully comprehensive 43,000-name index. The main road maps are at 1.5 miles to 1 inch (Northern Scotland at 3 miles to 1 inch) and are clear and detailed, showing even the smallest roads and lanes that are omitted from other atlases. Every roundabout, junction and slip-road is shown in detail on main roads and motorways. In country areas, thousands of individual houses and farms are marked, along with footpaths and tracks. The alpha-numeric grid is based on the National Grid, so that the atlas can be used with GPS systems, and the small-size grid squares make it easier to find locations when using the index. Over 8000 tourist attractions and places of interest are shown and named on the maps, including national parks, marinas, canals, county showgrounds, camping and caravan sites, long-distance footpaths, and park and rides.

Nicholsons Guides

The Nicholsons Guide is the standard guide for navigating around Britains Waterways. The country is split into 7 regions with Scotland having its own book.
Book 1:  Grand Union, Oxford and the South East
Book 2:  Severn, Avon and Birmingham
Book 3:  Birmingham and the Heart of England
Book 4:  Four Counties and Welsh Canals
Book 5:  North West and the Pennines
Book 6:  Nottingham, York and the North East
Book 7:  River Thames and Southern Waterways

Pearsons Guide

The Pearsons Guides come in a handy size and give very good descriptions of the towns and countryside through which you are passing. The guides do not cover the whole country, but tend to concentrate on cruising 'rings' and popular routes.

The Grand Union North Towpath Guide

By Nick Corble
Illustrated guide of the Grand Union Canal (North)