Latest Posting Dates for Christmas 2017

Christmas Present
Christmas Present

Our Cruising Maps (available on CD as well as by download) and our Canal DVDs make great ideas for Christmas Presents, but please remember to order in time.

The Post Office publish latest recommended posting dates for Christmas and you need to order from us by these dates for 2017:

UKTuesday 19th December
USA/CanadaWednesday 13th December
Western EuropeTuesday 12th December
Eastern EuropeTuesday 5th December
Rest of WorldFriday 1st December

If you order from us after these dates we will still post the order promptly, but it is unlikely to arrive in time for Christmas. The earlier you order, the more certain you can be of arrival in time for Christmas.

Islip Footbridge

The footbridge just below Islip Lock on the River Nene is one of the lowest on the river and its limited headroom presents difficulties for some boaters.

Islip Footbridge. July 2012.

This is how the bridge looked heading downstream from our Waterway Routes Narrowboat in 2012, and we have an very low headroom, being able to fit through Froghall Tunnel, for example.

Islip Footbridge. July 2012.

Looking upstream in 2012 the bridge forms the limiting headroom, although the pipe isn’t much higher.

The bridge was planned for replacement in 2017 and many boaters hoped the new bridge would have better headroom.

Islip Footbridge.  August 2017.

Here it isn’t. Looking upstream in August 2017, with the old bridge removed. Now the pipe is the limiting headroom.

The new bridge was craned in during September 2017.

Islip Footbridge.September 2017. © Stephen Dawson.

Here it is again, in September 2017.  It looks like the pipe forms the limiting headroom near the edges, with the footbridge still limiting in the centre, with only a small increase in headroom.  That will disappoint some boaters.

Islip Footbridge. September 2017. © Stephen Dawson.

The headroom quoted by the Environment Agency (the Navigation Authority) for the old footbridge is 2.2m (7.2 feet) and they haven’t updated that figure for the new footbridge.

A big thank you to Stephen for taking the photos of the new footbridge for me.


As it’s 25th October, just two months until Christmas , I hope you don’t mind me mentioning that word.

Christmas Presents

DVDs make great presents and may be helpful for those planning next year’s holiday, remembering past holidays, or seeing places you’re never likely to cruise to.  Armchair boating on sunny days is great when it’s cold outside.

Maps are great for planning too, with our England & Wales Maps covering your cruise wherever you travel on the connected waterways.  All the maps are available on CD which can be wrapped as a present, as well as by download for those who like their maps quickly.

Map Updates – Issue 67 – October 2017

I’m pleased to announce the October 2017 updates to my cruising maps are now available.

Extract from Shropshire Union Canal Map

As usual, many of the maps have minor changes this month – those with the most significant changes are:-

You can update your map to the latest version – cost price for the next six issues after purchase, then a small charge after that. You can also upgrade to a larger map. Just email with details of your existing maps for a no obligation quote.

Canal Shop Sale

A double sale opportunity.

Neil’s Canal Shop has been the largest outlet for my DVDs for many years.  He sells a great range of canal products from many suppliers.

Canal Shop Banner

Neil is retiring and closing down the Canal Shop.

First Sale Opportunity

Your first opportunity is the 20% discount that Neil is offering on many products, including my Waterway Routes DVDs, while stocks last.

Now might be a good time to order your Christmas presents but make sure you get there first, as Neil will not be re-stocking when they run out.  They will always be available from my website after that.

Second Sale Opportunity

Your second opportunity is the Canal Shop itself.  Neil will consider offers to buy the Canal Shop.  The Canal Shop is a thriving mail order business with an excellent customer base and a good reputation.

As a mail order business you can run this from almost anywhere and you will be starting with a ready made business.  Email Neil at the Canal Shop for more details.

Note: this is Neil’s Canal Shop mail order business that is for sale, not Waterway Routes which continues to grow and trade as normal.