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Grand Union, Oxford & the South East No.1 (Nicholson) – NEW EDITION


For all users of Britain’s inland waterways. This established, popular and practical guide covers the canals and waterways between London and Birmingham. This is the new editon, published in 2024.  

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This established, popular and practical Nicholsons No.1 guide covers the canals and waterways between London and Birmingham. Colour Ordnance Survey® 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. 

Waterways covered in the Nicholsons No.1 guide – Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation, Grand Union Canal, Lee & Stort Navigations, River Medway, Oxford Canal, River Thames.

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 ® 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 postcodes for each place. 
  • Opportunities for walking and cycling. 
  • 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.