Map Description


This innovative new map gives a different perspective to Birmingham, the Black Country and Solihull.  It features 150 miles of traffic free walking and cycling paths along canals, rivers, and through the 8000 acres of parks of the Birmingham plateau.  Every canal bridge and every lock is either numbered or named so that you know exactly where you are when you are exploring the regions network of canals.

Following two years of research it is designed to appeal to a wide range of users who wish to explore the area and its fascinating industrial legacy.

Full coloured at 1:30,000 it is ideal for tourists and all leisure users, as well as boaters who wish to explore the region away from the canals.  Award winning cartography is supplemented by information panels and photographs.

Walking: The detailed Birmingham City Plan at 1:15,000 is designed for exploring Birmingham city centre canals on foot, and locating tourist attractions, art galleries, museums, and shops.

Cycling: Locations of 22 new bike hire centres and 5 Brompton Docks.

Canals: Birmingham Old Main Line (Brindley Canal), Birmingham New Main Line (Telford Canal), Birmingham and Fazeley Canal, Grand Union Canal, Worcester and Birmingham Canal, Tame Valley Canal, Warwick Junction Canal, Digbeth Branch Canal, Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, Dudley No. 2 Canal, Walsall Canal, Rushall Canal, Wednesbury Canal, Wednesbury Old Canal, and Wednesbury Oak Loop.

Rivers and Streams: River Tame, River Rea, River Cole, River Blythe, Bourn Brook, Chad Brook, Merritts Brook, Chinn Brook, Hol Brook, Hawthorne Brook, Plants Brook, Wash Brook, Hockley Brook, Welches Brook, Stonehouse Brook, Griffins Brook, Callow Brook, Spark Brook, Hatchford Brook, Westley Brook.

Water Mills: Over 90 former sites are listed together with explanations of the different uses.

Tourist Information: Over 100 heritage sites and places of interest, railway stations, nature reserves, parks, gardens and open areas, churches, national cycle routes, long distance paths, pubs, shops, and public toilets.

History: Descriptive panels provide the background to 5000 years of Birmingham History, with details of the Romans, the migration of Anglo Saxon tribes, the Norman Conquest, the English Civil War, the Quakers, the Lunar Society, Water Mills, Steam Engines, the Industrial Revolution, and how Birmingham influenced JRR Tolkien, the author of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings.

The Mining and Manufacturing District Map of 1836 gives the background to the geography that spurred the building of over 160 miles of canals in the area. There are articles on the canals and the engineers who built them. 

 Price £5.99

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Guidepost also offer a laminated version at £12.99

Laminated maps are produced by taking the paper map, encapsulating it between two sheets of plastic film, then re-folding it along the original lines.The resulting map is tearproof, waterproof and has a write-on, wipe-off surface.

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 Heron Maps, PO Box 3008, Reading, RG1 9RU. Tel: 07890 268550

ISBN-13: 9781908851161

contact:                                                  © 2015 Roy Watson