Using Canal Holiday Guides to Make Your Narrowboat Holiday Run Smoothly

I tend to over prepare. I get all the canal maps and guides, and plan where we will moor, where the best pubs are, where the water points are located. When the markets are on, where the local buses go, what is going on in the towns. You do not have to go to that extreme, but a little preparation will help your narrow boat holiday run smoothly. Most important to have is a good, informative Canal Guide for the canals you are cruising. Which one do you buy? There are three main cruising guides: Nicholson, Pearson, and Waterways World. So let's look at them all. Nicholson probably has the largest range of Canal Guides to the British canals available, and have a good reputation. They are bound in a solid cover, (all are red) and some have a spiral spine. We have not used them a lot, but many fellow boaters do. Our share owned "Stella" had a full set on board and we found them easy to use and robust. Some years back they were the 'Boat Owners Guide ", with the other guides being relegated for Hire Boaters use. This is not quite the case now. The maps run from the top of the page, to the bottom. Waterways World has had a checkered career in the canal guide market. We used them exclusively for our...

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