Sets of 3 Maps or 3 DVDs

We have three Maps and three DVDs covering the waterways of the Fens.  These are now available in sets of three at discounted prices.

Sets of 3 Maps and set of 3 DVDs

They are still available individually as

  • River Nene – Maps or DVDs
  • Middle Level Navigations – Maps or DVDs
  • River Great Ouse and Tributaries – Maps or DVDs

These three maps are now available as a set of three Maps saving 25% on the cost of purchasing them individually.  They are available in both Acrobat (pdf) and Memory-Map (qct) Formats, as all my maps are.

These three DVDs are now available as a set of three DVDs saving 15% on the cost of purchasing them individually.  They are available in the same Popular, Bowcam and Combined formats, as the rest of my DVDs are.

If you purchase a set of three Maps and a set of three DVDs at the same time there’s an extra 10% discount, as well as the 25% and 15% discounts described here so that makes them even better value.

If you are cruising to the IWA Festival of Water 2018 at St Neots then these Maps and DVDs will help you plan your journey, and show family and friends where you’ve been afterwards.

Middle Level Navigations DVDs

I am pleased to say our Middle Level Navigations DVDs have just been released.

Middle Level Navigations DVD Cover (Combined Version)

The Middle Level Navigations DVDs are available in our usual three formats:-

  • Popular – like a television programme showing the highlights of the canal
  • Bowcam – a forward facing camera, speeded up for a little fun, showing the whole canal
  • Combined – both Popular and Bowcam in one box for the best of both worlds, saving money and postage.
Middle Level Navigations DVDs.
Popular, Bowcam and Combined (left to right).

Joining the Middle Level Navigations through Stanground Lock at Peterborough, we’ll follow the link route through Wittlesey and March to reach the River Great Ouse at Salters Lode. We’ll also see all the other navigations which can be cruised with a narrow boat.

We’ll pass through all the locks and visit the low bridges. See if we fit under the very low Infield’s Bridge on the Twenty Foot River.

The views from the Middle Level Navigations are rather different to those on other waterways, and present a novel experience.

Route covered by the Middle Level Navigations DVDs

The Popular and Combined DVDs each include an information booklet and a fold-out map.

Contents of the Middle Level Navigations Combined DVD. Includes both Popular and Bowcam discs, a fold-out map and an information booklet.

Enjoy these waterways from the comfort of your armchair. These Middle Level Navigations DVDs, or any others from our range of waterway DVDs, are great for planning your cruise, or just for fun.

We also have the Middle Level Navigations Maps which are available to download in both Acrobat (pdf) and Memory-Map (qct) formats.

Middle Level Navigations presentation box (thin DVD size)

The Middle Level Navigations Maps are also available on CD in a presentation box which makes them ideal for giving as a present.

Extract from Middle Level Navigations Maps

You can save 10% by purchasing a Middle Levels Navigations DVD and Map in the same transaction.

The Wash Maps

I have recently added a map for The Wash.  Please note this is for general information only and should not be used for navigation.  You should use full charts, an experienced pilot or guide, or have your own local knowledge.

Extract from The Wash map.

The area covered is shown here.

Area covered by The Wash map.

The map links the individual maps for:-

The map of The Wash is included in the England & Wales Cruising Maps (from the December 2017 issue onwards) and you can download maps of The Wash – Free.

River Nene DVDs

I am pleased to say our River Nene DVDs have just been released.

River Nene DVD Cover (Combined Version)

The River Nene DVDs are available in our usual three formats:-

  • Popular – like a television programme showing the highlights of the canal
  • Bowcam – a forward facing camera, speeded up for a little fun, showing the whole canal
  • Combined – both Popular and Bowcam in one box for the best of both worlds, saving money and postage.
River Nene DVDs.
Popular, Bowcam and Combined (left to right).

Joining the River Nene at Northampton we’ll cruise along the navigable length of the non tidal River Nene to Dog in a Doublet Lock at Peterborough.

Cruising down the picturesque Nene valley we’ll see the open countryside and glimpse the villages along the way.

We’ll see the locks with guillotine gates, and the unique Ditchford Lock with its vertical radial gate. We’ll squeeze through the attractive bridges, with their narrow arches making navigation difficult.

We’ll see the navigation challenges and show how to tackle them safely.

Route covered by the River Nene DVDs

The Popular and Combined DVDs each include an information booklet and a fold-out map.

Contents of the River Nene Combined DVD. Includes both Popular and Bowcam discs, a fold-out map and an information booklet.

Enjoy these waterways from the comfort of your armchair. These River Nene DVDs, or any others from our range of waterway DVDs, are great for planning your cruise, or just for fun.

We also have the River Nene Maps which are available to download in both Acrobat (pdf) and Memory-Map (qct) formats.

Extract from River Nene Maps

The River Nene Maps are also available on CD in a presentation box which makes them ideal for giving as a present.

River Nene Map presentation box (thin DVD size)

You can save 10% by purchasing a River Nene DVD and Map in the same transaction.

Bradford Canal

The Bradford Canal once ran from the Leeds & Liverpool Canal at Shipley to Bradford.  It opened in 1774 and closed in 1922.  There are proposals to re-open it.

Bradford Canal Location.

I have added the Bradford Canal to the range of free canal maps that can be downloaded from my website.  From the November 2017 issue onwards, it’s also included in these maps

Extract from Bradford Canal Map.

Visit the Bradford Canal Map pages to download the free map on its own.

Wisbech Canal Maps

The Wisbech Canal once ran between the tidal River Nene at Wisbech and Well Creek at Outwell on the Middle Level Navigations. It was closed in 1926.

Wisbech Canal Location.

I have added the Wisbech Canal to the range of free canal maps that can be downloaded from my website.  From the November 2017 issue onwards, it’s also included in these maps

Extract from Wisbech Canal Map.

Visit the Wisbech Canal Map pages to download the free map on its own.

Lawton Locks

Having recovered from a very busy Crick Boat Show where we met lots of lovely customers, we were ready to set off for our summer cruise this morning.  We’ve travelled a long distance if you add total the up and down movements and the side to side swaying as we stayed on our home mooring at Sherborne Wharf in Birmingham.  With torrential rain and strong winds we weren’t going cruising.

I’m not sure about tomorrow, but we’ll be heading towards Lapworth when the weather improves.  We’re filming the River Nene, the Middle Level Navigations, and the River Great Ouse and tributaries this summer, as well as checking all the information on our maps is up to date.

While moored up I took the time to investigate information sent  a few weeks ago by Brian on Harnser who is one of several kind boaters who contribute updates to my maps.  Brian has identified a former route of the Trent & Mersey Canal at Lawton Locks which I can add to my maps.

Lawton Locks on the Trent & Mersey Canal on 1882 OS map.

The current route is clearly shown on this 1882 OS map extract.  An alternative route, passing further north, seems to be identifiable on the map, although the details, such as the lock positions aren’t shown.

Google Maps satellite photo of Lawton Locks on Trent & Mersey Canal.

Google Maps satellite photo suggests the alternative route to the north was there, with the three Lawton Locks visible on the open route.  These were all paired, although the middle lock is no longer paired.

Extract from Waterway Routes Trent & Mersey Canal Map for Lawton Locks.

My maps show winding points above and below Lawton Locks at the points where the routes diverge.  I’d like to add the former route but I’ve been unable to find any further details.

I’m hoping a blog reader will be help me out with a little extra information, particularly:-

  • Is there an old map which shows the former route, particularly the position of the locks?
  • When was the route changed?
  • Why was the route changed?

Any extra information, left as a comment or emailed to paul@waterwayroutes.co.uk, will be greatly appreciated.

Kennet & Avon Canal DVDs

I am pleased to say our Kennet & Avon Canal DVDs have just been released.

Kennet & Avon Canal DVD Cover (combined version)

The Kennet & Avon Canal DVDs are available in our usual three formats:-

  • Popular – like a television programme showing the highlights of the canal
  • Bowcam – a forward facing camera, speeded up for a little fun, showing the whole canal
  • Combined – both Popular and Bowcam in one box for the best of both worlds, saving money and postage.
Kennet & Avon Canal DVDs
Popular, Bowcam and Combined (left to right)

Starting at Kennet Mouth, the junction with the River Thames, we’ll cruise through Reading as we climb through the valley of the River Kennet.  We’re soon into lovely countryside then passing through smaller settlements on our way to Thatcham, Newbury and Hungerford.

We reach the summit level at Crofton, pass through Bruce Tunnel, and start our descent.  The 16 broad locks of the Caen Hill flight provide spectacular views.

Continuing through Bradford on Avon we reach Bath and join the River Avon for our cruise into Bristol where we finish our cruise in the docks.

Route covered by the Kennet & Avon Canal DVDs

The Popular and Combined DVDs each include an information booklet and a fold-out map.

Contents of the Kennet & Avon Canal Combined DVD. Includes both Popular and Bowcam discs, a fold-out map and an information booklet.

Enjoy these waterways from the comfort of your armchair. These Kennet & Avon Canal DVDs, or any others from our range of waterway DVDs, are great for planning your cruise, or just for fun.

We also have the Kennet & Avon Canal Maps which are available to download in both Acrobat (pdf) and Memory-Map (qct) formats.

Extract from Kennet & Avon Canal Maps

The Kennet & Avon Canal Maps are also available on CD in a presentation box which makes them ideal for giving as a present.

Kennet & Avon Canal Map presentation box (thin DVD size)

You can save 10% by purchasing a Kennet & Avon Canal DVD and Map in the same transaction.

Wey & Arun Canal – FREE Maps

I’m pleased to announce the release of the next in my series of free canal maps for restoration projects.

This covers the Wey & Arun Canal, the River Arun, the River Rother, and the Portsmouth & Arundel Canal, all in one map.

Route of the Wey & Arun Canal, the River Arun, the River Rother, and the Portsmouth & Arundel Canal

The Wey & Arun Canal is under restoration, and will link the River Wey, between Guildford and Godalming, to the River Arun at Pulborough and through the River Arun to the sea at Littlehampton.  Branching off this the River Rother was once navigable to Midhurst, and the Portsmouth & Arundel Canal once navigable past Chichester.

Extract from Wey & Arun Canal Map (also covering the River Arun, River Rother, and the Portsmouth and Arundel Canal)

I’ve produced a Wey & Arun Canal Map, which also covers the River Arun, the River Rother, and the Portsmouth & Arundel Canal.  This is available as a free download in both Acrobat (pdf) and Memory-Map (qct) formats.

There are many more free maps for restoration projects.

You might like to browse my range of Maps and DVDs coving the open waterways too.  I sell these to cover the costs of making the restoration project maps free.  The maps are available for instant download and, with monthly updates, they are the most up to date waterway maps available.

 

 

Melton Mowbray Navigation and Oakham Canal – FREE Maps

I’m pleased to announce the latest release in my series of free maps supporting waterway restoration projects.

Route of Melton Mowbray Navigation and Oakham Canal

The Melton Mowbray Navigation runs from the junction with the Grand Union Canal’s Leicester Section at Syston, just North of Leicester, to Melton Mowbray.  The Oakham Canal continued from there to reach Oakham.

Restoration is proposed for both, although I think the Melton Mowbray Navigation has more chance of success, at least in the early years of restoration, but I’m sure the Oakham Canal is possible too.

Extract from Melton Mowbray Navigation and Oakham Canal Map

I’ve produced a Melton Mowbray Navigation and Oakham Canal Map and this is available as a free download in both Acrobat (pdf) and Memory-Map (qct) formats.

There are many more free maps for restoration projects.

I also sell a great range of Maps and DVDs for the open waterways which I sell to cover the costs of producing the free maps.  The maps are the most up to date waterway maps available, with monthly updates, and available for instant download.