Find out about the navigable canals and rivers near you – and the waterways events, activities and groups happening
Our waterways heritage is what makes Britain’s canals and rivers special and it must be actively protected – through the local planning system and sufficient funding – for the future.
Waterways affected by HS2
We’re campaigning to protect canals and rivers from the damaging effects of HS2, especially where the tranquillity of the waterways is under threat.
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.
Restoring the UK’s blue infrastructure – our inherited network of navigable canals and rivers – is good for people and places.
The government needs to intervene at the earliest possible opportunity to save this vital sector of the British economy and what could be a core element of the British stay-at-home leisure and holiday sectors in the coming years.
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.
There were once 7,000 miles of canals and navigable rivers in mainland Britain. Today 5000 are navigable, with 2700 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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LOVE YOUR WATERWAYS
Together we can protect and restore the waterways; Britain's 7,000 miles of canals and navigable rivers need your help.
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