There appears to be two main players in the canal guide game. When we did our hire in 2007 we bought both guides for the Grand Union Canal - Nicholson and Pearson. The Nicholson guide seemed to be more comprehensive and had much more detailed maps of the towns and their streets. The descriptions and explanations were great. But, we found the little Pearson book easier to read the map at a glance. It's larger and the icons for services etc were larger too. We especially noticed this as the weather was very sunny and with the booklet perched on the roof the larger map was easier to look at than the smaller print on the Nicholson.
I'm itching to order more of them so we can read about all the different places but there may well be updates by the time we get there and we'd rather have the most recent when the time comes to go cruising. So I guess we'll just have to keep looking at the ones we have. Hmmm.. might be worth a look on Ebay. Maybe someone is selling off their old editions.
We'd love to know your opinions on these guides. Which do you prefer and why?