Severn and Avon: Mid-Worcestershire Ring and Cotswold Canals (Pearson) 2020 edition


This Canal Companion covers the Severn and Avon, as well as the Mid-Worcestershire Ring and Cotswold Canals. 

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2020 edition – published July 2020

Following on from the Stourport Ring, this is the second of a new generation of Canal Companions, much expanded in page-count and presented in fully bound format with individually sewn sections for added durability ‘in the field’. Taking its cue from Meg Gregory’s lovely front cover roundel of May Hill, the waterways included in this Severn & Avon guide include the rivers Severn and Avon; the Stratford-on-Avon, Worcester & Birmingham, Droitwich, Grand Union (Birmingham to Braunston), and Gloucester & Sharpness canals, which, taken together, provide full coverage of the popular Avon and Mid-Worcestershire ‘rings’. Also featured are the the emerging Cotswold Canals, subject of an ongoing restoration programme.

Each of the titles in the Pearson’s Canal Companions series covers a popular route or area with large scale and highly detailed maps accompanied by a wide ranging commentary, descriptions of waterside towns and villages, and itemised listings on eating and drinking, shopping, visitor centres, public transport and boating facilities. Of particular use to walkers and cyclists is the classification of towpath conditions into three grades. Considerable coverage is given to items of industrial archaeological interest.