Historical Information

A survey was made in 1793 but the war with France eight years later led to the building of the canal as a means of avoiding privateers. By the time the canal was built, the war was over, but with the spectacular scenery, the canal was popular for pleasure cruising and it provided the safe passage it had originally been intended to during the First World War.

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See also:

Waterways A-Z
Map of UK Waterways

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