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Stamford Canal

The Stamford Canal was the first modern canal in England. It linked Stamford in Lincolnshire to the River Welland.

Facts & Stats



Original length of the canal.

12 locks

Originally along the navigation, although only one remains intact.


Year opened

From Stamford to Market Deeping

The Stamford Canal was part of the Welland Navigation. It was built 100 years before the start of the Industrial Revolution.

Plans for the Boston to Peterborough Wetland Corridor project include a new link between the Welland and the River Nene. This new link would provide an opportunity to bring a section of the Stamford Canal back to life.

Waterway notes

Restoration Group

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.