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Birmingham & the Heart of England No. 3 (Collins Nicholson Waterways Guides) Spiral-bound – 13 Mar 2014

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Product details

  • Spiral-bound: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Nicholson (13 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007538995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007538997
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"few serious boaters will venture out without a Nicholson's Guide. There is a wealth of information…and the guides are valuable for cyclists and walkers too." The Inland Waterways Association.

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Always understood these were supposed to be the best for Canal travel.
They may have used the latest OS maps - but they are out of date - there are shops and houses where they have green fields!
A simple look at the Tesco website reveals stores right on the canal that this guide does not have. This I found out from my arm chair - no surveys needed!

The other issue is that each map shows the pubs etc on the canal, but there is no tie up between the pub symbols and the list describing the pubs facilities and which one is which. At least two I looked at were in the wrong order which ever way you approach the list.

The other thing it doesn't show are Canal and River Trust ( or BW!) visitor moorings something else that is a good idea,

Don't get me wrong its good, but I had expectations - and they were certainly not met, will think twice before buying another especially as this was the updated and full cost version.
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Nicholson guides have been very useful in previous trips - they provide quality OS maps with familiar symbols that covers enough of the region and some details of each of the towns passed through ... Particularly the canal side pubs / restaurants. Unfortunately, they don't provide all the information needed - particularly details about possible mooring places! They also might show symbols for the presence of shops - but not which ones they are and small coops (useful as they are) don't carry large volume bottled water, for example. I also found errors with some of the page references. It got us round the Warwickshire ring .... But I would have preferred more information
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I now own several of these editions but not for boating. I'm a keen cyclist and walker and prefer off road cycling to on road as most drivers seem to think that double yellow lines are a cycle lane! these guides are perfect and I have already clocked up around a 1000 miles since January along the canal tow paths.

They use OS maps and despite other comments here have found them pretty accurate. So what if the pub is a bit further than the guide says and new shops and supermarkets have been built canal side that's a plus rather than a complaint and nice surprise when you discover them.

I only have one small criticisms: I can't see why guide 2 and 3 couldn't be all contained in one book.

Having said that, they are small (A5) size with a natty little page keeper built in to the back cove. The ring binder means I can leave it open at the page I need and seal it in a zip lock bag so it don't get wet when it rains. And... it already contains walking and cycling tips so perhaps change the names to: "Waterways, cycling and walking guides" and include the nearby camp sites for us lot that don't sail, is that correct? Do you sail a narrow boat or drive it? Any hoo, would I recommend them? That's a big yes.
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Would be without one of these on the canals. I purchase this and Pearsons. This one gives more information of places to visit and generally more detail, the Pearsons guide which I buy as well is easier when going along the canal itself.
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For a 2016 edition of an atlas the maps in this are ancient. I know not much changes in the canal network but the industrial areas the canals go through have changed a lot from what's show here. 2 Examples -
1, The Ricoh Arena in Coventry that the canal goes past is shown as a gas works when it's been a Football stadium, shopping center and huge Tesco since about 2005.
2, In Rugby the big out of town Sainsbury, shopping center and cinema is still shown as industrial.
Both of these are right by the canal and would be useful to known about when planning a trip.
I contacted Collins to see what they had to say about this but they have ignored my comments.
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Very good on detail of the canals and the surrounding countryside, thanks to large scale OS map extracts showing the canal in context. Interesting commentaries on canal features and nearby attractions. The only quibble I have is the often perverse ordering of pages - the majority of stretches running East-West are printed from the Eastern end, so as you travel off a page edge you have to turn the pages in the opposite sense - that is, as you travel East off the edge of a right-hand page, instead of turning over to the next page you have to turn backward, and vice-versa.
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This is still the best guide to the inland waterways for boaters. I bought it because my old one is now very old. I have been concerned in the past that these are being reprinted without being updated but there is some new info in this edition.
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As my old edition was getting very ragged I decided to buy the latest edition. I was very disappointed. It is far from up todate . We have cruised by two marinas not mentioned in the book and several supermarkets. The canals never really change so the reason we update our books is to find out local developments in the areas we are cruising. Very disappointed with Collins Nicholson.
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