Sunday, 13 October 2019

227 - Exciting News and a Cruise to Sale on the Bridgewater Canal

Navigable Waterways Map

Today is an exciting day aboard Narrowboat Perseverance. We have finally launched our map, this is a project we have been working on, on and off, all year. 


To go back to the beginning, it all started last December when we were cruising on the Birmingham Canal Navigations. From the guidebooks and online maps we had to hand we wouldn't work out a sensible route to see them all. This lead to me working on a simplified tube style map that would show all the currently navigable waterways on the BCN. From there we could make sense of the spaghetti of canals and plan our route through them.

I shared the map I made on-line and we had a lot of lovely feedback on it. We also had a few comments suggesting a map of the whole network. I bit of a huge undertaking. I think the first version I attempted had about 60 waterways on it. It took me a while to locate them all, this version has 81, not including all the separate waterways in London and Birmingham. I also found there is not a central directory of them all. The IWA website was really useful, as was the Canal & River Trust website. I am bound to have missed some I'm sure.

So here is the finished version. An A3 Landscape Tube-style map of the Navigable Waterways in England and Wales.

Our friends Annamarie and Kath from the YouTube Channel The Narrowboat Experience lent their support and kindly gave us space on their online shop to list the Map.