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Hertford Union Canal

The Hertford Union Canal is just 2km long running through Hackney in East London

Map of the Hertford Union Canal

IWA London Walks guide, Charlie Forman
Limehouse Basin

Facts & Stats

3 locks

The Hertford Union Canal has 3 locks

2 miles

The navigable length of the canal is just two miles.


The year the canal was opened

Waterway Notes

Waterway news

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.