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Hire companies sometimes 'issue' maps. Worth checking. Anyway, there are two popular choices. Nicholson and Pearsons. Both are very good. WH Smith is a good source. Chandlers and Amazon.

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Hi, welcome to the forum.

It all depends what information you want to focus on ….. locks …. history …. shops …… pubs …… sanitary and rubbish points ……. where everybody congregates …….. where you can be alone without being bothered by anyone.

 

So shoving your question into Google you get ….. A slice of this

Others will come along now and tell you what they recommend based on what they like to focus on. 

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3 hours ago, Nightwatch said:

Hire companies sometimes 'issue' maps. Worth checking. Anyway, there are two popular choices. Nicholson and Pearsons. Both are very good. WH Smith is a good source. Chandlers and Amazon.

Nichollsons are based on Ordnance Survey maps and are very factual.

 

Pearsons have less formal maps and whimsical descriptive prose.

 

Both are equally accurate so choose to suit your preferred style.

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3 hours ago, cuthound said:

 

Nichollsons are based on Ordnance Survey maps and are very factual.

 

Pearsons have less formal maps and whimsical descriptive prose.

 

Both are equally accurate so choose to suit your preferred style.

I buy both, one can never have too much journey information. The older Pearsons are utterly charming with beautiful line drawings and although out of date regarding canalside buildings and amenities, they give an idea of what is was like when canals were so much freer for travel, and as such make a trip more memorable. Catching glimpses of things still standing is comforting in a vastly different world now from then. 

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Nicholsons are probably more accessible to the newcomer as the mapping is conventional.

 

Pearsons mapping is logical in its way but completely different to OS maps and road atlases and therefore can be hard to fathom. On the other hand the guides are delightful and entertaining, where Nicholsons are dry and factual.

No single guide from either publisher covers all your routes from Anderton so you're best to sort you route out before picking your guide.

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i’ll just chuck another hat in the ring, Waterway Routes, we find them excellent for knowing what services are coming up or moorings en route. we use them in combination with a Nicholsons so we can see where pubs used to be :(

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15 minutes ago, Hudds Lad said:

...with a Nicholsons so we can see where pubs used to be :(

Ain't that the truth! 

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Nicholsons on Amazon were cheaper than we could buy them wholesale direct from Nicholsons!

I like OS maps so they are my preferred map.  Pearsons however do show visitor moorings which might be more useful to a hirer.

 

ETA: Do check that you get an up-to-date copy, some bookshops have very out-of-date ones, especially Pearsons (check website for latest publication dates).  Nicholsons come out every three years, but don't rely on them for pub information, even if relatively new.

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Thanks to everyone who has replied after looking at various options we will probably be on the trent and mersey and the macclesfield. The north west and pennines from Nicholson would appear to cover that area. Information we need locks,water points, eating places,winding holes,shops within walking distance etc.

Any other suggestions please.

 

Regards

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9 minutes ago, hugh dumbarton said:

Thanks to everyone who has replied after looking at various options we will probably be on the trent and mersey and the macclesfield. The north west and pennines from Nicholson would appear to cover that area. Information we need locks,water points, eating places,winding holes,shops within walking distance etc.

Any other suggestions please.

 

Regards

 

Although no longer maintained and thus potentially some info is out of date, the free downloadable first mate guides are excellent.

 

http://www.firstmateguides.co.uk

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On 14/03/2019 at 17:56, cuthound said:

 

Nichollsons are based on Ordnance Survey maps and are very factual.

 

Pearsons have less formal maps and whimsical descriptive prose.

 

Both are equally INaccurate so choose to suit your preferred style.

Just corrected that for you! Water points and so on are often either present but not shown, or vice versa - (certainly on Nicholsons) for example.

 

Another useful source of info is crt's own website with map - though again not wholly accurate .

 

On another point - have you seen the prices? I'm saving nearly three grand a week! https://www.hoseasons.co.uk/boat-holidays/anderton-marina-and001/?clickcd=50124&s_kwcid=AL!2504!10!79920784498505!79920812200826&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=Anderton+Marina&utm_campaign=M-HB-050-AND001-Anderton+Marina&ef_id=Wj6JkwAAAKC_5Tfn:20190316141606:s

 

 

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20 hours ago, hugh dumbarton said:

Thanks to everyone who has replied after looking at various options we will probably be on the trent and mersey and the macclesfield. The north west and pennines from Nicholson would appear to cover that area. Information we need locks,water points, eating places,winding holes,shops within walking distance etc.

Any other suggestions please.

 

Regards

Pearsons Canal Companion Cheshire ring covers your intended route. Each page on Pearsons gives you the time taken, distance & no. of locks so are handy to work out your daily timings.    https://www.worldofbooks.com/en-gb/books/michael-pearson/pearson-s-canal-companion-cheshire-ring-south-pennine-ring-10th-edition-pearson/GOR006238642?keyword=&gclid=CjwKCAjwvbLkBRBbEiwAChbckU9JyW4Frin0q7Mjg3ZWjji2s_vNDcJ-7M2MOqcR2D-k9kXtKP5tChoCdhoQAvD_BwE

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Just to add that you can usually pick up all these guides cheap as chips secondhand on Fleabay -  and the canals don’t change much 😂

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15 minutes ago, starman said:

Just to add that you can usually pick up all these guides cheap as chips secondhand on Fleabay -  and the canals don’t change much 😂

That's true - the "interesting local pub with a real fire" remains as just closed as it was in the earlier editions too! :D

 

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On 16/03/2019 at 14:32, IanD said:

If you have a phone with data, opencanalmap is good too.

It also has the advantages of showing where you are, and being easily zoomable in and out so you can see lots of detail or an overall route.

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On 15/03/2019 at 08:46, Hudds Lad said:

i’ll just chuck another hat in the ring, Waterway Routes, we find them excellent for knowing what services are coming up or moorings en route. we use them in combination with a Nicholsons so we can see where pubs used to be :(

We use Waterway Routes too. I run it on an old Samsung tablet which has built in gps so shows you exactly where you are. The cruising info is very accurate and up to date. For pubs, shops etc. we use google maps.

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