Jason King over on the Bristol Fashion: life afloat site points out this great U.K. canal cruise planning software… worth a look if you are going to be using those waterways, or just want to dream about it 🙂
Welcome to Nick’s Canal Route Planner – Canalplan AC. A comprehensive guide to the UK’s inland waterways, it plans journeys, calculates the length (distance, number of locks, time taken etc) of your trip and shows gazetteer information on places along the way (pubs, shops and museums). Canalside events you might pass are listed. If you have never used the software before, I recommend that you read the introduction before going any further.