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Chard Canal

Now derelict, the Chard Canal was a tub boat canal that linked the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal to Chard in Somerset.

Things to do nearby

Facts & Stats

13.5 miles


1 lock

Plus 4 inclined planes, 4 aqueducts and 3 tunnels


Year opened

Waterway notes


Download IWA West Country Branch’s Guide to selected parts of the Chard Canal

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.