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Barnsley Canal and Dearne & Dove Canal

The Barnsley Canal and the Dearne & Dove Canal were built separately, but together provided a connection from the Aire & Calder Navigation through to the Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation.  Both canals were closed shortly after World War II and have been the subject of restoration proposals.  The Dearne & Dove Canal has arms to Worsborough and Elsecar.


Facts & Stats

14.5 miles


The length of the Barnsley Canal.

10 miles


The length of the main line of the Dearne and Dove Canal.  The two branches were just over 2 miles each.

17 locks

Barnsley Canal

There are 19 locks on the main line of the Dearne & Dove Canal, 6 locks on the Elsecar Branch and none on the Worsborough Branch.

Waterway notes

Maximum Boat Sizes

The maximum boat size that navigated the Barnsley Canal was:

  • length: 84′ 0″ (25.60 metres)
  • beam: 14′ 0″ (4.27 metres)

The maximum boat size that navigated the Dearne and Dove Canal was:

  • length: 58′ 0″ (17.68 metres)
  • beam: 14′ 10″ (4.52 metres)


Waterway underfunding

Hundreds of miles of waterways – along with their unique heritage and habitats – are currently starved of funding and rely on constant lobbying by us to safeguard their future.

Sustainable Boating

We want boating on canals and rivers to be more sustainable and – even though the current overall contribution to UK carbon emissions is very small – we want to help reduce emissions on the waterways.

Waterways Heritage at Risk

Britain’s canals and rivers are a unique, living heritage. But that heritage is at risk – from urban development, lack of protection, loss of skills and knowledge and climate change.

You can help Save Waterways Heritage.

Waterway restoration

Restoring the UK’s blue infrastructure – our inherited network of navigable canals and rivers – is good for people and places.