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Waterways Directory

Our Waterways Directory is a comprehensive and detailed directory of all the canals and navigable rivers in mainland Britain. This includes waterways that were once navigable and are either under restoration or derelict.

Waterways Directory

There were once 7,000 miles of canals and navigable rivers in mainland Britain. Today 5,000 are navigable, with 500 miles under active restoration.

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 by email.

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Social venue TheBoat
Task Party 5th Nov 23
Volunteer Stone Walling
Task Party
task party March 22
Painting a lock
task party March 22
Task Party 5th Nov 23
Volunteer, around M1 bridge
Volunteers at Work
Volunteer, around M1 bridge
TP 18 May
Wootton Brook Towpath upgrade
Volunteers working on the Wey &Arun canal restoration
Annual Dinner 2023
Loughborough Mooring Rings Location
Himalayan Balsam flower
gasholder development, Regent's Canal
Salterhebble Lock Cottage (Iain Duncan)
Limehouse Basin
Volunteers at Dukinfield
Historic green steel girder bridge over the river
John Bradley Works Footbridge
Birstall Lock
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
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