Coolcanals: Waterways Directory & Information Guide. Waterside Walks & Cycling, Boating & Holidays in the Waterways Outdoors

 
 

What the press say about us


Country Living June 2011   Walk magazine Ramblers June 2011   Waterways World June 2011   Country Walking June 2011   NFU Countryside May 2011   Canal Boat May2011   Towpath Talk April 2011   Daily Telegraph 2010 & 2011
"Cool Canals is a stirring reminder of just how much more to canals there is than canals..."
Daily Telegraph
 
 
Britain's canals, a national treasure in 100 must-see objects - Published July 2012
 
“From Britain's last unpowered narrow boat to canal side tea shops, this book celebrates the gems that could have been lost forever.”
Best of British January 2013
 
“...a fascinating selection.”
This England Winter 2012
 
“When Robert Aickman, founder of the Inland Waterways Association, named his Seven Wonders of the Waterways, I don't think he could ever imagine that, 60 years later, sumptuous titles like this would be looking at a hundred such wonders, or 'must-see objects'. ...the book soon won me over with its large colour photographs and well-researched and well-written text...”
Waterways World October 2012
 
“...a must-have addition to any waterways lover's bookshelf or coffee table...”
Towpath Talk newspaper August 2012
 
“Martine and Phillippa are an inspiration, we have loved all their earlier books and this book is another triumph for them, celebrating all that is great about our waterways. Beautifully illustrated and full of fascinating information, if you are looking for a guide to wonderful special outings either by boat, or walking along the towpath let this magical book be your guide! Highly Recommended!
Hot Brands Cool Places August 2012 (See whole review here)
Britain's Great Waterways Outdoors - Published March 2011
 
“Another sumptuous title from the Coolcanals team, this time a chunky and colourful guide to our inland waterways.”
Walk (Ramblers' Association) magazine Summer 2011
 
RECOMMENDED
Country Living magazine June 2011
 
“...something of a 'magnum opus'.
...this is a thoroughly entertaining book, and practical too for anyone planning a holiday or day out on the waterways. It offers excellent value at £19.95”
Waterways World magazine June 2011
 
“...this book is for anyone who likes the great outdoors and wants to explore further.
...It is extremely informative and is written with a true passion for our waterways throughout the UK.”
NFU Countryside magazine May 2011
 
“A rather different slant from most canal guides...
...this is very much a guide for all visitors - not just those afloat.”
Canal Boat magazine May 2011
 
“THE best guide books come from first-hand experience and Britain's Great Waterways Outdoors, the latest from publisher Coolcanals, comes with a wealth of knowledge, experience and love of the waterways.
...The book is excellent, the photography stunning.”
Towpath Talk newspaper April 2011
 
TIP OF THE WEEK
Independent Travel online March 2011
Cool canals Weekend Walks - Published March 2010
 
“a brilliant selection...
...celebrates not just the walks, but the history, wildlife, pubs and teashops along the way. It's written with a real sense of fun, packed with both nice-to-know and need-to-know information.”
Country Walking magazine June 2010 (See whole feature here)
 
“a charming new book, packed with evocative photographs, showcasing the best canalside walks in Britain...
...To experience the life of a canal is to escape the world of airports and motorways and reconnect with a world in which nothing moves faster than a duck.”
Daily Telegraph April 2010 (See whole review here)
 
“We really enjoyed the first book by Phillippa and Martine (Cool Canals-The Guide) and these latest two handy sized guides are equally inspired....
...More than anything these two delightful guides are full of character and charm making them a perfect companion for weekend walks and holidays. We love them, they really are a guide to 'Cool Places' and we highly recommend them!”
Hot Brands Cool Places March 2010 (See whole review here)
Cool canals Pub Days Out - Published March 2010
 
“We really enjoyed the first book by Phillippa and Martine (Cool Canals-The Guide) and these latest two handy sized guides are equally inspired....
...More than anything these two delightful guides are full of character and charm making them a perfect companion for weekend walks and holidays. We love them, they really are a guide to 'Cool Places' and we highly recommend them!”
Hot Brands Cool Places March 2010 (See whole review here)
Cool canals The Guide - Published March 2009
 
“With its evocative photographs, ...'Cool Canals' is a stirring reminder of just how much more to canals there is than canals...
...Perhaps, in their paean to canals, these two wacky, counter-cultural women really have captured something of the Zeitgeist. Coolness isn't a fast car any more. It isn't a crowded cocktail bar. It certainly isn't a Caribbean beach, rubber-necking at celebrities. It is knowing when to slow down, take time out, commune with nature, savour pleasures too precious to be rushed. ”
Daily Telegraph 5 September 2009 (See whole feature here)
 
“...this original and imaginative introduction to Britain's canal network is packed with ideas for inspiring days out.”
WALK (Ramblers' Association) Autumn 2009 (See whole review here)
 
“Whether you're after an active day out or just fancy a spot of 'gongoozling' (canal watching) from the comfort of a waterside inn, Cool Canals is a charming, beautifully illustrated introduction to life in the slow lane.”
CARAVAN CLUB Editor's Review July 2009 (See whole review here)
 
“As well as an inspiring story behind the publication, this book is an absolute delight...
...Highly Recommended as an essential guide, with beautiful photography and a great first publication.”
Hot Brands Cool Places July 2009 (See the whole review here)
 
“The book reminds me in its style of the highly popular Mr & Mrs Smith 'Hip Hotels' guides - it's well laid out with superb photography...
...'Cool canals' will open many fascinating, inspirational doors”
Canals & Rivers July 2009 (See the whole review here)
 
“...a splendid publication...
Don't plan a day out or holiday on the canals without getting hold of a copy!”

Waterways World June 2009 (See the whole review here)
 
“A genuine new player is always welcome and I think this company may have produced a guide that absolutely presses all the right buttons”
Travel Bookseller Feb 2009

 
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