Map Updates – September 2015 – Issue 42

It’s the middle of the month and the latest map updates have just been published.

Our England & Wales map is now at Issue 42 with the monthly updates – nobody else can match that for regular updating.  We’ve collected our own updates while cruising over the past month, a few regular contributors have fed me details of the updates they have spotted, and a few customers have been kind enough to email changes they have spotted.

Chesterfield Canal Map
Extract from England & Wales Waterway Map showing the Chesterfield Canal

Whatever the source of information, once we’ve made any checks to validate the information and make sure, for example, it’s a permanent change and not just a facility that’s out of action for repairs, it goes straight onto the master map.  Then, around the middle of each month, all the maps that have changes on them are reissued.

When you obtain a map from us you not only get the most up to date maps to start with but you the first year of updates by download are included so you can keep them up to date.  A small fee (20% per year) will enable you to keep them up to date for future years too.

Compare that with printed books that start to go out of date the day they go to the printers – which could be several months or even years out of date when you buy them – and where you have to pay full price again for the next issue which will already be a few months out of date by the time its printed again.

This month we have updates to the following maps – and it’s unlikely that these updates will be in any of the printed books

England & Wales Waterway Maps

Birmingham & Fazeley Canal Maps
Chesterfield Canal Maps
Coventry Canal Maps
Fossdyke & Witham Navigations Maps
Kennet & Avon Canal Maps
Leeds & Liverpool Canal Maps
River Slea Maps
River Thames Maps
River Trent Maps
Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigations Maps
Trent & Mersey Canal Maps

Black Country Ring Maps
East Midlands Ring Maps
Warwickshire Ring Maps

Map Updates – October 2015 – Issue 43

I’ve just published the October 2015 updates for our maps of canals and rivers.

Our England & Wales map is now at Issue 43 with the monthly updates.  These include the changes we have identified ourselves by cruising along the canal or cycling the towpaths.  They also include changes reported by other boaters, including several regular contributors, with a big thank you to them.

Caldon Canal Map Extract
Caldon Canal Map Extract

The Caldon Canal map is just one example which was updated after I cycled the full length of the canal, including the Leek Branch.

When you obtain a map from us you not only get the most up to date maps to start with but you the first year of updates by download are included so you can keep them up to date.  A small fee (20% per year) will enable you to keep them up to date for future years too. Compare that with printed books that start to go out of date the day they go to the printers – which could be several months or even years out of date when you buy them – and where you have to pay full price again for the next issue which will already be a few months out of date by the time its printed again.

This month we have significant updates to the following maps – and it’s unlikely these updates will be in any of the printed books, and probably won’t be for some time.

England & Wales

Aire & Calder and Calder & Hebble Navigations Maps
Ashton and Peak Forest Canals Maps
Birmingham & Fazeley Canal Maps
Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN) Maps
Bridgewater Canal Maps
Caldon Canal Maps
Chesterfield Canal Maps
Coventry Canal Maps
Grand Union Canal Maps
Leeds & Liverpool Canal Maps
Oxford Canal Maps
River Avon (Stratford) Maps
River Weaver Maps
Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigations Maps
Shropshire Union Canal Maps
Stratford upon Avon Canal Maps
Trent & Mersey Canal Maps
Worcester & Birmingham Canal Maps

Avon Ring Maps
Birmingham Mini Ring Maps
Black Country Ring Maps
Cheshire Ring Maps
East Midlands (Leicester) Ring Maps
Four Counties Ring Maps
Mid Worcestershire (Droitwich) Ring Maps
South Pennine Ring Maps
Stourport Ring Maps
Warwickshire Ring Maps

A few other maps have minor updates too.  My website has a full list of the current maps issued.

 

Barnsley and Dearne & Dove Canals

The Barnsley and Dearne & Dove Canals are derelict, with plans for restoration.  Together they will form a through route between the Aire & Calder Navigation and the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation.

Overview map of the Barnsley and Dearne & Dove Canals
Overview map of the Barnsley and Dearne & Dove Canals

There are two branches, the Elsecar Branch and the Worsbrough Branch, both from the Dearne & Dove Canal. With help from members of the Barnsley, Dearne & Dove Canals Trust I’ve produced the next maps in my series, covering these canals.  Like all my maps for restoration projects, these are free to download.

Barnsley and Dearne & Dove Canals detailed map
Barnsley and Dearne & Dove Canals detailed map

The maps show the original route with the proposed restoration route clearly marked to show where they differ.  Much of the Barnsley Canal route is still available, but it will require some new sections such as at Walton (shown above) where the original route has been built over. Much of the route of the Dearne & Dove Canal has been lost to modern developments, meaning most of the route will be on new alignments, although the Elsecar and Worsbrough Branches are largely intact.

Barnsley and Dearne & Dove maps front cover
Barnsley and Dearne & Dove maps front cover

I’ve produced one map covering both the Barnsley and Dearne & Dove Canals.  It’s available to download in the usual Acrobat (pdf) and Memory-Map (qct) formats.  There’s a choice for the Acrobat (pdf) format

  • Single page Great for viewing on screen but too large to print
  • Seven individual pages Great for printing A4 (or A5 if your eyesight is good enough)

Visit the Barnsley and Dearne & Dove Canals map page on my website to download the free maps. Eagle-eyed readers may spot there are discrepancies in the levels, particularly for the Elsecar and Worsbrough Branches between the old and new alignments as the old and new lock depths don’t match.  I’m waiting for clarification about this.

Map Updates – November 2015 – Issue 44

I’ve just published the monthly update to my maps for November 2015 and the England & Wales map is now as Issue 44.

Many of the changes are small, but important to those involved.  One example is completion of the next section of the Ashby Canal through Bridge 62 to a new winding hole.

> Extract from Ashby Canal Map
Extract from Ashby Canal Map

This is a short winding hole, being 15.2m (50′) long and, like all winding holes less than full length for the canal, is carefully marked as such on the maps.

Those maps with significant changes this month are listed here.

England & Wales Waterway Map

Ashby Canal Map (the restoration section is free to download)
Cotswold Canals Map (free to download)
Wilts & Berks Canal Map (free to download)

There are a few others, like the Grand Union Canal Map, which have minor updates too.

Thank you to all those who have let me know about updates they have found.  I can’t check every mile of every canal personally each month, and feedback is important to help me keep the maps up to date.

Map Updates – December 2015 – Issue 45

I’ve just released the December batch of map updates, bringing them up to issue 45.  Over forty maps have been updated, although many of the changes are very minor but I like to keep them up to date.  Even a very minor change could be important to somebody.

> Extract from Lapal Canal Map
Extract from Lapal Canal Map

You can see a full list of the issued maps and those with significant changes are: Birmingham Canal Navigations Caldon Canal Chesterfield Canal (Restoration Section Free) Lapal Canal (Free) River Trent Shropshire Union Canal Trent & Mersey Canal Four Counties Ring Black Country Ring Remember, you can update your map to the latest version – free during the first year and a small charge after that.  You can also upgrade to a larger map.  Just email paul@waterwayroutes.co.uk with details of your existing maps for a no obligation quote. There’s still time to order for Christmas, as the last posting day is Monday 21st, but please order before noon to ensure I have time to get it into the post box.  The England & Wales Cruising Maps are proving very popular this year.

> Coverage of the England & Wales Canal and River Map
Coverage of the England & Wales Canal and River Maps

 

Map Updates – January 2016 – Issue 46

The January 2016 monthly updates for my maps are now available on my website.

Extract from Bridgewater Canal Map
Extract from Bridgewater Canal Map

You can see a full list of the issued maps and those with significant changes are:

Remember, you can update your map to the latest version – free during the first year and a small charge after that.  You can also upgrade to a larger map.  Just email paul@waterwayroutes.co.uk with details of your existing maps for a no obligation quote.

Map Updates – February 2016 – Issue 47

The February 2016 monthly updates for my maps are now available on my website.

Map extract showing Barton Lift Bridge
Map extract showing Barton Lift Bridge

You can see a full list of the issued maps and those with significant changes are:

Remember, you can update your map to the latest version – free during the first year and a small charge after that.  You can also upgrade to a larger map.  Just email paul@waterwayroutes.co.uk with details of your existing maps for a no obligation quote.

Map Updates – March 2016 – Issue 48

I’m pleased to announce the March 2016 updates to my cruising maps are now available.

Extract from Trent & Mersey Canal Map
Extract from Trent & Mersey Canal Map

You can see a full list of the latest issue of the maps, but those with significant changes this month are:-

Remember, you can update your map to the latest version – free during the first year and a small charge after that.  You can also upgrade to a larger map.  Just email paul@waterwayroutes.co.uk with details of your existing maps for a no obligation quote.

Map Updates – April 2016 – Issue 49

I’m pleased to announce the April 2016 updates to my cruising maps are now available.

Extract from Cotswold Canals Map
Extract from Cotswold Canals Map

You can see a full list of the latest issue of the maps, but those with significant changes this month are:-

Remember, you can update your map to the latest version – free during the first year and a small charge after that.  You can also upgrade to a larger map.  Just email paul@waterwayroutes.co.uk with details of your existing maps for a no obligation quote.

Map Updates – May 2016 – Issue 50

I’m pleased to announce the May 2016 updates to my cruising maps are now available.

Extract from Warwickshire Ring Cruising Map.
Extract from Warwickshire Ring Cruising Map.

All of the maps have been updated this month, to include the latest Ordnance Survey (OS) background maps. Most have updates to the waterway features too.

I started making monthly updates available shortly after releasing the first maps and I’m pleased to say we’ve reached our 50th monthly issue.

Remember, you can update your map to the latest version – free during the first year (initial map plus 11 monthly updates) and a small charge after that.  You can also upgrade to a larger map.  Just email paul@waterwayroutes.co.uk with details of your existing map(s) for a no obligation quote.