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Grantham Canal

The Grantham Canal, authorised under a 1793 Act, opened in 1797 and ran from the river Trent at Nottingham to Grantham.  The canal was built to serve agricultural communities and, eclipsed by rail and road competition closed in 1936.  It is now being restored.

Grantham Canal Map

Facts & Stats

33 miles


The length of the Grantham Canal.

18 locks


Year closed

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.