An Illustrated Guide to Britain’s Stunning Waterways
The Times Waterways of Britain (out now, RRP £30), is a beautiful and highly illustrated hardback guide to the navigable waterways of Britain, written by Jonathan Mosse. It is packed with maps of the canals drawn from the extensive Collins archives, as well as over 300 wonderful contemporary photographs of scenes along the waterways.
Regarded as the ‘quickest way of slowing down’, the canals and rivers of Britain evoke a bygone era when life moved at a more leisurely pace. This books aims to introduce its readers to many of the waterway wonders that can be found in Britain today.
• Features a timeline of important waterway developments from early beginnings through to the present day – with a look towards the future.
• Offers an insight into the sometimes hidden wealth of waterway features and heritage.
• Illustrated with mapping, archive and over 300 contemporary photographs.
• Facts and figures for selected waterways.
• Highlights cities, towns and places of interest.
• Introduces the diverse wildlife to be found along the waterways.
• Suggests ways to explore the waterways further.
The Times Waterways of Britain provides readers with a well-rounded view of the contemporary inland waterways system: highlighting cities, towns and places of interest; providing selected facts and figures; introducing the diverse wildlife to be found along the waterways and offering an insight into the sometimes hidden wealth of waterway features and heritage.
This beautiful coffee table book delves into the history of the waterways, with a timeline of important waterway developments from early beginnings through to the present day. It also takes a look towards possible future developments and suggests ways for readers to explore the waterways further.
The Times Waterways of Britain would be an ideal gift for those people who are already canal and river enthusiasts, as well as for those interested in learning more about the wonderful inland waterways that wind their way through the British countryside.
Did you know?
·British Waterways maintains an incredible 2,200 miles of inland waterways in Britain.
·The Leeds and Liverpool Canal is the longest continuous canal in Britain built by a single company, totalling 127 ¾ miles, excluding the Rufford and Leigh branches, which are both 7 ¼ miles.
·The Leeds and Liverpool Canal has an impressive 91 locks, 14 aqueducts and 2 tunnels.
·The Fossdyke (also known as The Foss Dyke), built by the Romans in around 120AD, is seen as the oldest artificially constructed waterway in the country which is still navigable.
·The Standedge tunnel, on The Huddersfield Narrow Canal, is the highest, deepest and longest canal tunnel in the country. It measures 3.24 miles and is located deep in the Pennines between Marsden and Diggle.
Jonathan Mosse – Biography
Born in Oxford in 1948, Jonathan was brought up in rural Yorkshire and later in mid-Wales. He inherited a love of the countryside from his father, a land agent, and spent many years as a teacher in agricultural education after training as a farm manager. Jonathan has researched and written the Nicholson Waterways Guide for over 20 years, having developed a fascination for Britain’s inland waterways while teaching, and currently has the pleasure of living on a 60ft narrowboat, moored on the Forth & Clyde Canal, near Glasgow.