Anglo Welsh have a hire base at Monkton Combe on the Kennet & Avon Canal.
If you are cruising from there it’s essential you obtain a map which shows where all the waterway features are. Not only the locks and bridges but the places you can moor too.
Your will need the map to plan use of the facilities, such as the water points you need to stop at each day to fill up the water tank on the boat.
Watching a DVD will help give you an idea of what’s involved, particularly if you are a first time hirer, and give you a feel for what your holiday will be like.
Maps from Waterway Routes
These are the most up to date maps available, with monthly updates issued whenever there are changes.
Best of all they are available to download. There’s no waiting for the postman to deliver a map from other suppliers, which may have gone to print several years ago.
The maps are available in both Acrobat (pdf) format, ready for printing, or Memory-Map (qct) format with GPS tracking on smartphones and tablets.
The maps cover the whole of the Kennet & Avon canal, all the way to Reading, and the River Avon into Bristol. Your cruise will be covered whichever way you are going.
DVDs from Waterway Routes
These DVDs give you an idea what a cruise on the Kennet & Avon Canal and the River Avon will be like as they follow a journey from Reading through Devizes and Bath to reach Bristol.
The Popular format is like a television programme showing the highlights of a cruise with commentary and background music.
The Bowcam format is produced for a little fun and shows the view from a forward facing camera, speeded up to see the whole journey in 80 minutes.
Like wholemeal bread all the goodness is there, with nothing taken out.
The Combined format gives you the best of both worlds.
With both Popular and Bowcam in one box, this saves you money.
Ordering Maps and DVDs
Visit the main Kennet & Avon Canal pages for more details:
There’s a 10% discount when you buy a Map and DVD together.
There are many great ideas for other waterways and more places, so please browse through my website to see the great range if information.