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Waterways > 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.
Ellesmere Port Holiday Inn
Ashby de la Zouch
The Boat Inn, Stoke Bruerne
East Cottingwith, near York
Little Lever, Bolton
Little Venice (W9 2PF and W2 6NE)
Silver Propeller Challenge
The Suffolk River Stour
Access for all
Mile End, East London
IWA Chester & Merseyside Branch
IWA Chiltern Branch
IWA Northampton Branch
IWA East Yorkshire Branch
Spalding or Crowland
Robertsbridge, East Sussex
IWA Birmingham, Black Country & Worcestershire Branch
IWA West London Branch
Brierley Hill, West Midlands
IWA Lancashire & Cumbria Branch
Marsden Moor, near Huddersfield
Froghall, near Cheadle, Staffordshire
Bilston, West Midlands
IWA Oxfordshire Branch
IWA Kent & East Sussex Branch
IWA Milton Keynes Branch
IWA Great Ouse Branch
IWA Chelmsford Branch
IWA North & East London Branch
Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation
IWA West Riding Branch
IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch
IWA West Country Branch
IWA South London Branch
IWA Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Branch
IWA North Riding Branch
IWA Lincolnshire Branch
IWA Lichfield Branch
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.
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.
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.
The UK’s canals and navigable rivers are managed by navigation authorities
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