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 Compare that with printed books that start to go out of date the day they go to the printers – which could be several months or even years out of date when you buy them – and where you have to pay full price again for the next issue which will already be a few months out of date by the time its printed again.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