HERTFORDSHIRE’S HISTORIC INLAND WATERWAY
There’s no shortage of books dealing with the Grand Union Canal, but this one takes a different approach, concentrating entirely on the 14 miles from Batchworth to Berkhamsted comprising most of the canal’s Hertfordshire length. The book follows the route northwards in pictures, many of them historic views in some cases matched with modern ones, and extended captions describing many facets of the history of the canal and its surroundings. Some are familiar; some less so: from Walkers boat-builders and the area’s paper-making industry to the filming of the comedy The Bargee and the one-time canalside home of former TV chef Fanny Craddock. Take a copy with you to enliven your next cruise along the route.
Hertfordshire’sHistoricInlandWaterway, John Cooper, Amberley, amberley,com, £14.99, 978-1-4456-5297-9