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Barnsley, Dearne & Dove Canal

The Barnsley Canal starts at Barnsley, South Yorkshire and the Dearne and Dove Canal runs from Swinton to Barnsley.


Facts & Stats

14.5 miles


The length of the Barnsley Canal.

10 miles


The length of the Dearne and Dove Canal.

17 locks

Barnsley Canal

There are 19 locks on the Dearne & Dove Canal.

From Barnsley to Yorkshire

The Barnsley Canal starts at Barnsley, South Yorkshire to a junction with the Aire and Calder Navigation close to Wakefield.  It had 17 locks.  The Dearne and Dove Canal is 10 miles (16.0 km) long and ran from the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation, at Swinton, to Barnsley, Yorkshire. Both Canals are in various ownerships.

Waterway notes

Maximum Boat Sizes

The maximum boat size that navigated the Barnsley Canal was:

  • length: 84′ 0″ (25.60 metres)
  • beam: 14′ 0″ (4.27 metres)

The maximum boat size that navigated the Dearne and Dove Canal was:

  • length: 58′ 0″ (17.68 metres)
  • beam: 14′ 10″ (4.52 metres)


Sustainable boating

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.

Waterways heritage

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.

Waterway restoration

Restoring the UK’s blue infrastructure – our inherited network of navigable canals and rivers – is good for people and places.

Waterway underfunding

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.

Waterway businesses

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.