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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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two volunteers with shopping trollies that have been removed from the canal
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task party - 21-12-21
John Bradley Works Footbridge
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Branch Meeting
Birstall Lock
Bee near a plant
Burslem Branch Canal Trent & Mersey Canal Conservation Area
Crown Wharf planning protection for heritage
Aberdulais Aqueduct waterways heritage at risk from climate change
cheering group of wrg volunteers in hi viz and hard hats
Peaceful scene on the river Cam
Nofolk crab boat going through Castle Mills Lock on the River Foss
new signage
Hammersmith Bridge with boats underneath
Hammersmith Bridge waterways heritage structure at risk
Volunteer wearing a pink top holding uprooted himalayan balsam
Worcester Cathdral overlooking the River Severn
Hammersmith Bridge waterways heritage structure at risk
freight barge on the Aire & Calder
scraping paving
Boat cruising through the pool past moored boats at Little Venice
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
Excavator carrying out groundwork
A section of the Wilts & Berks canal in water
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.
Boats at Springfield Basin on the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation.
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.
Gronwen Wharf on the Montgomery Canal
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.
Boat cruising at Kempston Mill on the River Great Ouse.
Boats at Saul Junction on the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.
Alveston Weir in Warwickshire on the River Avon.
Automatic Weir, River Chelmer
Boats cruising in Handsacre on the Trent & Mersey Canal
a family walking alongside a canal
A moored boat near bridge 88 near Fradley Junction on the Coventry Canal
Clayton Le Moors, Leeds & Liverpool Canal by Pauline McGill
Barton Swingbridge crosses the Manchester Ship Canal - Graham and Marilyn Speechley - 2004
Derelict and overgrown Frodsham Lock
Bridge 25, Middlewich Branch
Overgrown locks at Hanwell on the Grand Union Canal
Waterworks River Path, Bowback Rivers
volunteer on a work boat
volunteer on a work boat
volunteer on a work boat
volunteer on a work boat
volunteer on a work boat
volunteer on a work boat
volunteer on a work boat
volunteer on a work boat
volunteer on a work boat
volunteer on a work boat
volunteer on a work boat
volunteer on a work boat
IWA Chelmsford Branch Litter Pick, January 2020