Collins / Nicholson Waterways Guides
Popular guides covering the canals and waterways of Great Britain. View Collins Maps
GEO Projects Inland Waterways Maps
Folded maps with detailed street plans covering the waterways of Great Britain. View GEO Maps
Pearson's Canal Companions
"Pearson's Canal Companions" have achieved cult status with canal users of all kinds. These lively, colourful and committed books are generally regarded as the most detailed, informative and down-right entertaining guides to the inland waterways. View Pearson's Maps
HOW DO CANAL LOCKS WORK?
A lock allows you to go up or down hills on the canal. You cruise into the lock, close the gates behind you so that you're in a sealed area of water. You then open 'paddles' which let water trickle into the lock, raising the water (and your boat) to the higher level. Only then can you open the top gates and cruise out. Read our Locks article.
IS THERE A STEERING WHEEL?
There's no steering wheel on a narrow boat - instead you steer from the rear of the boat using a 'tiller'. It's a pole-like handle that is attached to the rudder. Push it to the right and the boat will slowly turn to the left, push it to the left and you'll turn to the right.