The History Anorak

The History Anorak

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Giveaway - canal books

Hello all

I'm assuming if you read this blog you have an interest in history. Well, I've been clearing out the bookshelves (it has to be done!) and sorted out these two that I'm offering as a giveaway.

Canal Walks South, 1994 Sutton Publishing 178 pp featuring a number of canalside walks across the south of England, and a small patch of Wales. Everywhere from Bude to Rye; Kennet & Avon Canal to Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation. Each one has a history of the area and details of things to look out for along the way.  Some are quite long (14 miles plus) but you don't have to do them all at once. In fact you don't have to do them at all. The book is a good read in itself, if you are interested in transport and trade history.

The Grand Union Canal Walk, 1997, Aurum Press. 168 pp including maps. This one covers the length of the Grand Union Canal from Paddington to Birmingham. Again you've got history as well as a geographical description of what you'll find along the way. It's broken up into short lengths, and there are even options for very short, circular walks along the route.  Lots of lovely colour illustrations for browsing at home.

All you have to do is add a comment to this post telling me which book you'd like and why. On November 21 I will choose two winners to receive the book of their choice. UK only, I'm afraid. It costs too much to post books overseas!


  1. I am not entering as I am not a canal walker, but this is a very lovely offer of yours. I hope that you get more entries!

    1. Thank you. I'd like them to go to someone who'd find a use for them! Canal walking can be fun though.

  2. It feels very cheeky on my first visit to your blog but I would definitely be interested in the second one... Sounds just the sort of challenge I like!

  3. We have such a lot of books at home, it's full till the ceiling ! Now I read e-books that doesn't take space !

  4. That's a great, and generous, idea HA.I can't bear to part with books, though Mrs B does encourage the occasional cull - so I have to hide those old Ladybird books. I like the idea of canal walking, but am a terrible swimmer :-)

  5. Good idea for trimming down the book cases. WE have to do that here, too. I'm in the U.S. so don't qualify for the giveaway!


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