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Bridgwater & Taunton Canal

The Bridgwater & Taunton Canal runs from Bridgwater Docks to the River Tone at Taunton, though Oakley Lock connecting with the River Parrett is non-operational.

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Facts & Stats

13.5 miles

(21.7km)

The length of the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal

7 locks

1994

Reopened

Following restoration work undertaken by British Waterways and Somersetshire County Council following a long campaign by IWA.

From Bridgwater Docks to the River Tone at Taunton

The Bridgwater & Taunton Canal was originally intended to be part of a scheme to link the Bristol and English channels but most of the route never came to fruition. The canal was used to transport coal and iron from South Wales and to transport agricultural produce out of the area.

After the canal was sold to the Bristol and Exeter Railway, traffic was discouraged and after 1907, the canal was mainly used for water supply. 

The canal was reopened in 1994, following restoration work undertaken by British Waterways (now Canal & River Trust) and Somersetshire County Council following a long campaign by IWA.

Waterway notes

Maximum boat sizes

  • Length: 55′ 2″ (16.8 metres) – Firepool Lock
  • Beam: 12′ 6″ (3.8 metres) – Higher Maunsell Lock
  • Height: 7′ 3″ (2.2 metres) – Huntworth Bridge (No 12) and Obridge Bridge (No 36)
  • Draught: 4′ 6″ (1.36 metres) – cill of Higher Maunsell Lock

Navigation authority

Canal & River Trust