A couple of years ago (gee, has it been that long?) we pointed out Nick’s Canal Route Planner. A recent comment points out the new site, which I have enjoyed looking around.


Not only do they seem to have a detailed route planning tool, there is also an extensive gallery of British canal pictures, and (for the boat-builders/designers among us) a very neat, interactive narrowboat layout tool.

Narrowboats are great for an amateur doing interior design, since they are much more "house-like" than many boats. A constant width, fairly square cross section, and extensible to various lenghts, you have a lot of lee-way on interior layout. This tool let’s you drag and drop various common interior features together into your plan, then download the PDF of your masterpiece.

Welcome to a site that is dedicated to the canals and narrow boats in the United Kingdom. This is a new site offering access to a huge database of canal related information.

The canal planner alone uses more than 10,000 canal points digitised from the Google maps of our canal network; these are used to produce a personalized downloadable PDF document of your planned canal journey.

Nick’s Canal Route Planner – Canalplan AC

>>> Nick’s Canal Route Planner – Canalplan AC

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.


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