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The Kennet & Avon Canal: A User's Guide (4th edition)

Niall Allsop

Paperback; 64 pages; 76 photos; 38 maps

The heart of this book, now in its 4th edition, is formed by 30 pages each containing a two-colour map, covering the whole waterway from Bristol and the River Avon, along the Kennet & Avon Canal, and onto the Kennet Navigation as far as its junction with the Thames. Each map page has a general introduction; points of interest; information on shops, pubs, etc.; navigation hints and details of boatyards and marinas; details of restoration; and information for walkers. There are also sections covering navigation from Sharpness to Avonmouth; practical advice about boating on canals; and six circular walks, each with its own map.

The Kennet & Avon Canal: A Journey from Newbury to Bath in 1964

John Russell

Paperback; 136 pages; 130 b/w photos; 2 maps; 7 line drawings

Starting out from Newbury one frosty October morning in 1964, John Russell planned to photograph and describe every work of architectural interest along the length of the Kennet & Avon Canal. Eight rolls of film and four days later, he arrived in Bath, saddle-sore and sated with canal scenery. A further trip in 1965 resulted in a total of over 400 photographs. Here is a selection of those images, following the course of the canal and reflecting its delightful character. In many cases the photographs are of considerable historical interest as restoration was then only a distant dream, nearly 50 years ago, when the often derelict remains of the canal were far removed from their present state.

The Somersetshire Coal Canal: A Second Pictorial Journey

Roger Halse

Paperback; 56 pages; 64 b/w photos

The previous volume of old photographs of this delightful short canal (now out of print) brought together what was then considered the finest range of photographs of the canal. Eleven years on, further research by the author and others has, remarkably, unearthed a large number of hitherto unseen images and many of these are included in this new journey down the canal.

Among them were the glass plates of the professional photographer George Love Dafnis. He ventured out of Bath to the picturesque villages and countryside surrounding it and found in the Midford and Cam valleys to the south of the city the course of this abandoned and derelict canal, shortly before it became a victim of development through the construction of a railway. A number of the images within this book actually show the railway construction taking place as well as the canal itself.

This delightful book will appeal to all interested in seeing the canal in its former glory and will entice new readers to discover its beautiful natural and industrial environment for themselves.

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