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 Compare that with printed books that start to go out of date the day they go to the printers – which could be several months or even years out of date when you buy them – and where you have to pay full price again for the next issue which will already be a few months out of date by the time its printed again.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


Selly Oak Junction

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Selly Oak Junction
Selly Oak Junction

The Dudley No 2 Canal once came through the building site to meet the Worcester & Birmingham Canal near the centre of the photo.  The Worcester & Birmingham Canal runs between Birmingham (to the right) and Worcester (to the left).

The Lapal Canal is will restore through navigation using approximately the line of the Dudley No 2 Canal. The building works in the photo include creation of the first section of the Lapal Canal as an integral part of the work.  The Lapal Canal will run a little further south than the original alignment, nearer to the blue and grey buildings seen in the background.

Waterway and Kilometerage LAPAL 00.000.01
OS Grid Reference SP 04401 82805
Date and Time 151204 081759
Copyright © Paul Balmer

Selly Oak Junction

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Selly Oak Junction
Selly Oak Junction

Looking north, along the Worcester & Birmingham Canal towards Birmingham from Bristol Road Bridge 80.

The Dudley No 2 Canal once came in from the left, approximately where the raised section of towpath is, near the pylon.  The Lapal Canal will soon provide an alternative route with the new junction a little nearer to the camera, close to this end of the straight section of towpath.  The canal will be widened a little to the right to make turning at the junction easier, and creating a new winding point.

Waterway and Kilometerage LAPAL 00.000.03
OS Grid Reference SP 04356 82707
Date and Time 151204 130402
Copyright © Paul Balmer