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Around Britain by Canal (ePub)

1,000 Miles of Waterways

British History Transport History Canals

By Anthony Burton
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
File Size: 36.1 MB (.epub)
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9781473893252
Published: 15th August 2018

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This is the story of a thousand mile-long trip around England by canal. At times the journey took the author out into the beautiful countryside, and elsewhere the canal crept round the edge of old industrial towns.

It is a journey that proved full of surprises, delights and rich variety, as the book clearly demonstrates. The book illustrates the great contrasts between travelling on the wide tidal waters of the River Trent and being overtaken by sea-going cargo ships, to meadnering along the sinuous curves of the Oxford Canal. The Leeds & Liverpool Canal brought magnificent moorland scenery and the drama of the great five-lock staircase at Bingley. London was seen from two very different perspectives. Travelling past the elegant houses of Little Venice and Regents Park and then turning back along the Thames to float past the Houses of Parliament. The author finds as much pleasure in the hidden corners of Birmingham as in the rural beauties of Shropshire.

The book has become regarded as a classic of canal travel, and is reissued with previously unpublished colour photographs taken by Phillip Lloyd, who shared the trip with the author.

The volume is well-written; the author a raconteur of some ability and the result is a delightful ‘wander’ along largely-neglected paths.

Keith Rimmer, NZ Crown Mines

A lovely travel book.

Four Shires magazine, November 2018

It remains a good read about canal travel at the time and may well inspire current day travellers to explore Britain's waterways, which is no bad thing.

Best of British, October 2018 – reviewed by David Brown

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 Anthony Burton

About Anthony Burton

Anthony Burton has been a professional writer and broadcaster for over forty years, during which time he has largely concentrated on the history of industry and transport. His books include The Canal Builders, recently reprinted in its fifth edition, and The Railway Builders. He has written a biography of the great steam pioneer Richard Trevithick and is currently writing the story of railway engineer Joseph Locke. He has worked as writer and presenter on a number of TV programmes for all main channels, including documentaries on the National Railway Museum, the Great Western Railway, the locomotive trials at Rainhill and the Great Dorset Steam Fair.

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