Top positive review
Excellent map detail
on 3 October 2013
I've mainly used the Pearson Guides in the past but having used a Nicholson Guide to the Thames two years ago I decided to buy one for the Avon Ring. Unfortunately one page was torn with almost all of a map missing and I didn't receive the replacement until after I had left to cruise the Avon Ring. I like to use the Geo Maps along with the guide as they show even more detail of the surrounding area and I had a Pearson Guide too, although an old one and probably outdated in some respects.
Most of the time I used the Nicholson Guide which is based on large scale OS maps.
All the facilities necessary to boating on the rivers and canals are shown on the maps by clear symbols, most importantly the BW water filling points and the pubs. Good written descriptions of pubs and eateries along the route include telephone numbers to book tables.
I think one feature that enables the Nicholson Guide to outscore the Pearson is it is spiral bound making it much easier to keep open while steering the boat.
Apart from covering the Avon Ring, this guide also includes the rest of the River Severn from Stourport to Gloucester with the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal plus the canals in and around Birmingham out to Walsall and Wolverhampton and the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal.