Britain's main navigable waterways

Click the links below to see details for the individual waterways. Information includes navigation authorities, maximum size of boat, services, attractions, historical information and other useful information.

Many of these waterways have been abandoned and subsequently restored.

A
Aire & Calder Navigation
River Ancholme
Ashby Canal
Ashton Canal
Avon Navigation (Warwickshire)

B
Basingstoke Canal

Birmingham Canal
Birmingham & Fazeley Canal
Bridgewater Canal

Bridgwater & Taunton Canal
Bristol Avon Navigation

C
Calder & Hebble Navigation
Caldon Canal
Caledonian Canal
River Cam

Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation
Chesterfield Canal
Coventry Canal
Crinan Canal

D
River Dee
Droitwich Canals
Dudley Canals

E
Erewash Canal

F
Forth & Clyde Canal
Fossdyke & Witham navigations

G
Gloucester & Sharpness Canal
Grand Union Canal - London to Braunston 
Grand Union Canal - Braunston to Birmingham
Grand Union Canal - Leicester Line 
Great Ouse Navigation
Grand Western Canal

H
River Hamble
Hertford Union Canal (included with Regent's Canal information)
Huddersfield Broad Canal
Huddersfield Narrow Canal
River Hull and Driffield Navigation

I
River Idle

K
Kennet & Avon Canal

L
Lancaster Canal
Lee & Stort navigations
Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Llangollen Canal

M
Macclesfield Canal
Manchester Ship Canal
River Medway
Middle Level Navigations
Monmouthshire, Brecon & Abergavenny Canals
Montgomery Canal

N
River Nene
Norfolk & Suffolk Broads

O
Oxford Canal

P
Peak Forest Canal
Pocklington Canal

R
Regents Canal
Ripon Canal and River Ure
Rochdale Canal
Rushall Canal

S
Selby Canal
River Severn
Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation
Shropshire Union Canal
Sleaford Navigation

River Soar Navigation
Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal
Stourbridge Canal
Stratford-on-Avon Canal

T
Tame Valley Canal
River Tees 
River Thames (Tidal Navigation - Port of London Authority)
River Thames (Non-tidal Navigation - Environment Agency)
River Trent
Trent and Mersey Canal

U
Union Canal

W
Walsall Canal
River Weaver Navigation

River Welland and River Glen
Wey & Godalming Navigations
Witham Navigable Drains
Worcester & Birmingham Canal
Wyrley & Essington Canal 

Y
Yorkshire Ouse Navigation

Did You Know?

IWA was founded in 1946 and since then hundreds of miles of the UK’s canals and river navigations have been gradually brought back to life. Find out more about waterways restoration.

Download a map of navigable waterways in England and Wales: This inland waterways route map, reproduced by kind permission of Waterways World, gives you a useful overview of the inland waterways system. Canals and Rivers in England and Wales Map (PDF 7MB)