Coolcanals: Waterways Directory & Information Guide. Waterside Walks & Cycling, Boating & Holidays in the Waterways Outdoors


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Britain's Great Waterways Outdoors
"Britain's Great Waterways Outdoors"
RRP £19.95
Includes FREE postage within the UK
Published March 2011
Paperback 288pages
ISBN: 978-0-9560699-3-1
The ultimate leisure guide to Britain's canals.
Discover the slow world of canals, a haven for wildlife and people. Packed with days out, holidays and all the best things to do on the water and along the waterside.
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This book is a collaboration from the heart of the canals giving handpicked favourites from real waterways people who are knowledgeable and passionate - with contributions from BW (British Waterways, now the Canal & River Trust) SUSTRANS, WWT (Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust), IWA (Inland Waterways Association) and RSPB.
A bumper guide of canal walks, narrowboat holidays, the best towpath bike rides, sightseeing, heritage, wildlife and nature, waterways festivals, waterside pubs, engineering wonders, amazing days out and so much more. And for money-conscious times, the book is bursting with things to do that are absolutely free.
Britain's Great Waterways Outdoors front cover Britain's Great Waterways Outdoors back cover
  • splits the UK into 6 regions for easy reference
  • handpicked routes to travel by boat, bike & boot
  • sightseeing, heritage, wildlife, food & drink, festivals, days out and plenty to do for free
  • narrowboat holiday ideas
  • special featured highlights
  • easy-to-follow maps
  • illustrated with hundreds of photos
Show Reviews..
“Another sumptuous title from the Coolcanals team, this time a chunky and colourful guide to our inland waterways.”
Walk (Ramblers' Association) magazine Summer 2011
Country Living magazine June 2011
“...something of a 'magnum opus'.
...this is a thoroughly entertaining book, and practical too for anyone planning a holiday or day out on the waterways. It offers excellent value at £19.95”
Waterways World magazine June 2011
“...this book is for anyone who likes the great outdoors and wants to explore further.
...It is extremely informative and is written with a true passion for our waterways throughout the UK.”
NFU Countryside magazine May 2011
“A rather different slant from most canal guides...
...this is very much a guide for all visitors - not just those afloat.”
Canal Boat magazine May 2011
“THE best guide books come from first-hand experience and Britain's Great Waterways Outdoors, the latest from publisher Coolcanals, comes with a wealth of knowledge, experience and love of the waterways.
...The book is excellent, the photography stunning.”
Towpath Talk newspaper April 2011
Independent Travel online March 2011

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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