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UK Canal Map

Our UK canal map shows all the navigable British waterways. It includes all the rivers and canals in England, Wales and Scotland that are suitable for boating along.

UK Canal Map

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Task Party 5th Nov 23
Task Party 5th Nov 23
Task Party
Painting a lock
Tonbridge "Great Bridge"
Heritage guided walk
Three Men on The BCN
March 2024 AGM
curious cuts
Himalayan Balsam flower
Les Etheridge
gasholder development, Regent's Canal
Loughborough Mooring Rings Location
Salterhebble Lock Cottage (Iain Duncan)
Limehouse Basin
Volunteers at Dukinfield
Historic green steel girder bridge over the river
John Bradley Works Footbridge
Birstall Lock
Boats cruising on the Coventry Canal in the North of Nuneaton
Gronwen Wharf on the Montgomery Canal
Burslem Branch Canal Trent & Mersey Canal Conservation Area
Crown Wharf planning protection for heritage
Aberdulais Aqueduct waterways heritage at risk from climate change
Nofolk crab boat going through Castle Mills Lock on the River Foss
new signage
Hammersmith Bridge with boats underneath
Volunteer wearing a pink top holding uprooted himalayan balsam
Worcester Cathdral overlooking the River Severn
scraping paving
Boats in Bowling Basin, Forth & Clyde Canal
Volunteer strimming vegetation along the Northampton Arm
Work Party Volunteer
IWA London Walks guide, Charlie Forman
Camden Lock, Regent's Canal
Tree planting team, Wendover Arm
Moored boats at Snarestone Wharf on the Ashby Canal
Limehouse Basin
Rubbish in workboat on the Grand Union Canal
Project team at Wappenshall Basin
Hurleston lock flight
Moored boats on Snarestone Wharf Ashby Canal.
Nofolk crab boat going through Castle Mills Lock on the River Foss
Kayaks at Lowdwells lock on the Grand Western Canal.
Moored boats and rowers at Exeter basin on the Exeter Ship canal.
Moored boats at the Bridgwater docks on the Bridgwater and Taunton canal.
Junction bridge at Brockmoor on the Stourbridge Canal.
Narrowboats at South Kyme winding hole on the Sleaford Navigation.
Straddle Warehouse at Sheffield Basin on the Sheffield & Tinsley Canal.
A narrowboat at Ripon Basin on the Ripon Canal.
Campaign cruise at Welches Dam on the Old Bedford River.
Reaching Horseway Lock by dinghy on the Middle Level Navigation.
Boats at Liverpool Docks on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
A boat cruising at Wendover Arm on the Grand Union Canal.
A boat festival at Slough Arm on the Grand Union Canal.
Boats at Saul Junction on the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.
A boat leaving Langley Mill Basin on the Erewash Canal
Alveston Weir in Warwickshire on the River Avon.
Springfield Basin, Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation
Automatic Weir, River Chelmer
Derelict and overgrown Frodsham Lock
Bridge 25, Middlewich Branch
Waterworks River Path, Bowback Rivers
Work Party Volunteer
Canoeists in a lock with building and people around
Canal hire boat on canal in front of house



British waterways map

All the British waterways that are suitable for boating on are plotted on our UK canal map. This includes canals and navigable rivers.

Also on our UK canal map are many of the waterways that were used for boating on in the past. Some of these canals are being restored, whilst others are derelict.

How many miles of canals are there in the UK?

There are 5,000 miles of canals and rivers that are navigable in Britain. 2,700 miles of UK canals and rivers are connected up to form a waterways network.

Waterways Directory

There were once 7,000 miles of canals and navigable rivers in mainland Britain. Today 5,000 are navigable, with 2,700 of those miles forming the connected waterways system of England and Wales.

You can find information about all the navigation authorities, and more facts and figures about the waterways, by signing up to receive a copy of our Waterway Directory.

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