See the Canals Differently

Pearson's Canal Companions

About the Guides

An Introduction

A good guide book should fulfil three functions:

  1. Make you want to visit the places it describes
  2. Interpret the lie of the land when you get there
  3. Provide a lasting souvenir of your journeys

Immediately recognisable by their colourful 'canal art' inspired covers, Pearson's Canal Companions have been providing satisfaction on all three counts - and more besides - for over thirty years.

Designed to appeal to boaters, walkers, cyclists – and other, less readily pigeon-holed members of society - this independently produced series of guide books prides itself on being as accurate and up to date as possible, with a sprinkling of entertainment thrown in for good measure.

Each of the ten titles in the series covers approximately two hundred miles of inland waterways - overlapping occasionally for the benefit of users - and between them they describe the bulk of the network from the Kennet & Avon in the south to the Leeds & Liverpool in the north.

Canal Route Map

UK canal system map

The Canal Companion Series

Trade Distributors and Retail Stockists

The Canal Companions are widely available throughout the inland waterways from boatyards, hire bases, chandlers, craft and gift shops and from many outlets by post such as the Canal Bookshop, Audlem; and the Canal Shop, Northants. Other outlets include Amazon, Stanfords and Waterstones.


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