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Boats cruising in Handsacre on the Trent & Mersey Canal
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a family walking alongside a canal
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A moored boat near bridge 88 near Fradley Junction on the Coventry Canal
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Clayton Le Moors, Leeds & Liverpool Canal by Pauline McGill
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view of a canal through a bridge
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Waterway Directory

There were once 6500 miles of navigable canals and rivers in mainland Britain. Today 4700 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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