Canal Maps

The following is a selection of the most popular guides that are available. We do also stock other titles and ranges, so please ask if there is a particular map that you would like. For details of the guide most suited to the area you intend to cruise, the numbers shown against this list are indicated on the route planning pages for each area. .


Regional ‘mApps’ for Android, iPhone and iPad, covering all our hire bases for just £5.99 a region. Location-based with no need for internet connection, you can view your route, track your cruise and even create a log book. With thousands of points of interest including pubs, pump outs, water points, shops, laundrettes, doctors, vets and places to visit, the WaterNav Apps are your essential cruising companions.

E1 English Midlands, E2 South of England

E3 Grand Ring (Grand Union Canal-Oxford Canal-River Thames Ring)

E4 North West of England, E6 The Welsh Canals

E7 East of England, E10 Scotland

Ring-bound, A5 guide-books with detailed narrative information about the area surrounding the route taken by the canals and rivers. Information is given regarding the history of the area, pubs, restaurants, boatyards and local places of interest, including telephone numbers and opening hours where applicable. Each map section shown is a genuine Ordnance Survey extract with the waterway route and features highlighted. Set into chapters covering each waterway, a general introduction at the start of the chapter gives more specific navigational information.

N1 Grand Union, Oxford & the South East 

N2 Severn, Avon & Birmingham 

N3 Birmingham & the Heart of England

N4 Four Counties & the Welsh Canals

N5 North West & the Pennines  

N6 Nottingham, York & the North East  
N7 River Thames and the Southern Waterways 

Black and white flat maps (sent rolled in a tube) measuring approximately 40cm x 48cm) detailing the route of the canal, canal features (bridges, locks etc) and the location of towns along the route. These maps give a good overview of areas of canals.

L5 The Cheshire Ring  

L8 Chester and Llangollen Canal  

L10 The Four Counties Ring  

L12 Black Country Canals  

L13 The Warwickshire Ring 

L14 East Midlands Canals

L15 The Avon Ring

L16 The Stourport Ring  

L17 From Avon to Thames  

L18 Grand Union - Braunston to Brentford
 L20 Kennet & Avon Waters  

L22 London's Waterways  

L23 Southern Counties Waterways 

L24 Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal

L25 Fenland Waters

L26 The River Great Ouse

IM1 The River nene - £10.45
IM2 Fenland Waterways - £10.45
IM3 The River Great Ouse & Tributaries - £10.95

A5 guidebooks with a similar level of information to the Nicholson' guides. Each map page details the facilities immediately near to the canal or river, with a summary given of the number of miles and locks covered by that page, together with the approximate cruising time to be allowed. Popular with first-timers and experienced boaters alike. 

P1 The Stourport Ring including BCN  

P2 Severn & Avon 

P3 Welsh Waters

P10 East Midlands
P4 Four Counties Ring  

P5 Cheshire Ring

P7 Oxford & Grand Union
P6 South Midlands & Warwickshire Ring  

P8 Kennet & Avon and Middle Thames  

P9 Pennine Waters 

For the following maps / guides, please call our booking office on 0330 333 0590 to buy.

Geo Projects Map / Guides

Coloured fold-out maps detailing the route of the canal or waterway, extending to significant villages and towns up to about 5 miles from the waterway. Each map includes an overall introduction to the waterway, with additional paragraphs detailing history, sites of interest and significant canal features. 

H1 Kennet & Avon Canal £7.50 

H20 Llangollen and Montgomery Canals £7.50 

G29 Thames Ring Atlas (47 page ring-bound book) £14.20 

The Droitwich Canals Guide

D1 - The Droitwich Canals Navigation & Visitor Guide £8.95

The Boaters Handbook DVD

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if you'd like us to send you a copy a charge of 85p is payable. 

Route Planners

NP Nicholson's Ordnance Survey Inland Waterway Map of GB £10.50

Cool Canals

More than a guide, this is a new concept of leisure on Britain's inland waterways. Bursting with photographs, ideas and essentials for seriously chilled days out, weekends and holidays. 

Discover quirky waterside festivals, floating B&Bs, slow bike rides, alfresco teashops, cosy cottages, narrowboats and so much more. 

Just £14.99 from ABC Boat Hire 

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