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Salisbury & Southampton Canal

The Salisbury and Southampton Canal was planned to be a 13-mile long canal from Redbridge to Salisbury. It would connect with the Andover Canal near Mottisfont and to the River Itchen, via another section through Southampton.

Salisbury & Southampton Canal Map

Facts & Stats


Date planned

James Brindley announced the idea of the Salisbury & Southampton Canal in 1763, although it was not until 1795 that the canal was authorised.

13 miles


Intended length of the Salisbury & Southampton Canal.


Date closed

Waterway notes

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.