I'm going to get ready. I get all the canal maps and guides and we plan where we will get where the best pandas are, where the water points are. When markets are where local buses go, what's happening in towns?
You do not have to go to extremes, but a bit of preparations will help your narrow boat holiday.
The most important thing is that it is good, the direct information guide for canals.
What did you buy?
There are three main cruising guides: Nicholson, Pearson, and Waterways World.
So let's look at everyone.
Nicholson probably has a wide range of canal guides available on the British canals and has a good reputation. They are connected to a solid lid (all red), and some are spiral.
We have not used them many, but they make many friends. Our shares belonged to Stella, which was fully stocked on the board and we found them easy and stable.
A few years ago, they were the "Boat Owners Guide" and the other guides that were used for the "Lease Fleet" were not too many. Maps run from top to bottom.
The World Waterways has a fuel career on the Canadian guide market, using them exclusively for our first trip and still has three original guides. The Waterways magazine, for some reason, has disappeared from the guidelines. The Canadian guides are now being returned, specifying Llangollen, Grand Union (South), Shropshire Union, and Oxford. style that I found to be easier to follow and I liked the ad. However, these are covered by a strong wire so that they can easily be placed on the roof of the ships to get an easy reference. color map on right hand page. Exceptional color photographs (characterized by ld for water pipelines) have more channel guides that are designed for them.
Pearsons is our orbit guide. We've been using Pearsons since our 85 trip and we've been doing it. Many of their detailed maps are left-to-right, with the bottom text, the only guides that should be in landscape format. It is clear and informative. The number of miles listed at the top of each page, the number of locks, and the travel time to a certain length of the canal. We find that this is especially useful when planning our trip.
Pearson writes in a peculiar, funny way (for example, "Foxston's sun-protective sunscreens like the sun, as a dense cat that just got double help") with good notes about every village and town. Their guidelines include the majority of UK canals, including Llangollen, Schropper, Oxford, Grand Union, Trent, and Mersey. My only problem, with Pearsons, is to combine with the other pages after a few moments. But this is easily fixed by stapler. Otherwise, we love them.
What's the best?
This is totally personal. Look at each other, talk to other boats and decide. We have all of them. So … have fun choosing and happy cruising!