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Oakham Canal

The Oakham Canal opened in 1802, connecting Oakham to the Melton Mowbray Navigation, and thence to the connected canal network via the River Soar.  The Canal was originally a great commercial success, but was bought out by the Midland Railway Company in 1847, and closed so that its line could be used for a railway between Syston and Peterborough.

Map showing the Oakham Canal

Facts & Stats

16 miles


Original length of the Oakham Canal.

19 locks


Year opened

The canal closed in 1847.

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.