Popular guide covering the canals and waterways between Birmingham and the River Medway. Colour Ordnance Survey(R) maps clearly show locks, towpaths and boating facilities. There are also comprehensive navigational notes as well as descriptions of the towns and villages, pubs and restaurants alongside the waterways. In print for over 30 years, the Collins/Nicholson guides to the waterways have always been a vital part of journeys along Britain's canals and rivers. They are designed for anyone and everyone with an interest in Britain's inland waterways -- from experienced boaters to those planning their first boat trip, as well as walkers, cyclists and visitors. The Ordnance Survey (R) Maps have added information showing: / Locks, bridges, tunnels, aqueducts, winding holes and towpaths. / Waterpoints, sanitary stations, pump out facilities and refuse disposal. / Boatyards, pubs, restaurants and local shops. / Mile markers and milestones (distance in miles and number of locks to strategic points along the waterways). Text includes: / The history and background to each canal. / Local services and places of interest, pubs and restaurants and NEW for this edition: postcodes added for each place. / Opportunities for walking and cycling. / NEW for this edition: notes on wildlife to be found along the waterways. Comprehensive navigational notes include: / Maximum dimensions and low bridges. / Mileages, advice and potential hazards. / Navigation authorities and contact details. Waterways covered in this guide -- Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation, Grand Union Canal, Lee & Stort Navigations, River Medway, Oxford Canal, River Thames. / Comprehensive, detailed information for boaters and anyone interested in Britain's canals and rivers. / Maps and text revised via extensive on-the-ground research. / NEW key to map pages, postcodes, waterway wildlife. / Page redesign: makes the guides even easier to use. / Half the country's population live within five miles of a canal or river; 11 million people regularly visit the inland waterways every year. / More than 32,000 registered boats are on the inland waterways.