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Britain's Canals, a National Treasure in 100 Must-See Objects
"BRITAIN'S CANALS, a National Treasure in 100 Must-See Objects"
RRP £20
Includes FREE postage within the UK
Published 1 July 2012
Hardback 224pages
ISBN: 978-0-9560699-4-8
The MUST-HAVE waterways book
100 must-see objects to sightsee and explore
Canals are tranquil havens from a chaotic world, with a treasure trove of living heritage to discover on every twist & turn of over 2,000 miles, whether you visit on foot or by boat.
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We've travelled the canals from Cornwall to Scotland to find 100 objects that we think are the MUST-SEE attractions, honey-pot sites and hidden gems that capture the spirit of Britain's canals, past, present and future - and tell the colourful story of over 200 years of canal culture, art, nature, engineering, industry and British entrepreneurship.
Over 200 years ago, 'canal mania' swept the nation... and now, canals are cool again.
Britain's Canals, a National Treasure in 100 Must-See Objects front cover Britain's Canals, a National Treasure in 100 Must-See Objects back cover

So, be a canal tourist:
  • explore secret cities, iconic mills & forgotten trade routes
  • breathe the fresh air of historic towpaths & sweeping landscapes
  • experience the world of colourful boats
  • be amazed by spectacular lock flights & aqueducts
  • rummage through the fascinating archives of canal museums
  • wonder at the precious wildlife
Includes all essential guide info
Plus favourites chosen by Julia Bradbury, Paul Atterbury, and the Canal & River Trust
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“From Britain's last unpowered narrow boat to canal side tea shops, this book celebrates the gems that could have been lost forever.”
Best of British January 2013
“...a fascinating selection.”
This England Winter 2012
“When Robert Aickman, founder of the Inland Waterways Association, named his Seven Wonders of the Waterways, I don't think he could ever imagine that, 60 years later, sumptuous titles like this would be looking at a hundred such wonders, or 'must-see objects'. ...the book soon won me over with its large colour photographs and well-researched and well-written text...”
Waterways World October 2012
“...a must-have addition to any waterways lover's bookshelf or coffee table...”
Towpath Talk newspaper August 2012
Hot Brands Cool Places
“Martine and Phillippa are an inspiration, we have loved all their earlier books and this book is another triumph for them, celebrating all that is great about our waterways. Beautifully illustrated and full of fascinating information, if you are looking for a guide to wonderful special outings either by boat, or walking along the towpath let this magical book be your guide! Highly Recommended!
Hot Brands Cool Places August 2012 (See whole review here)

Our books are available in all good bookshops, including Waterstones, your local bookshop, waterways outlets and online via bookshops including WHSmith and Amazon!

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Eco-friendly: All our books are printed on FSC paper using vegetable-based inks, and are printed & bound in the UK

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