Restored Waterways

Where a waterway was restored in stages, the date shown is when the full length became available for navigation.

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Waterway Miles Kilometres Date reopened
River Ancholme - above Harlem Hill Lock 2.5 4.0 2004
Ashby Canal - Moira Section 0.5 0.8 2005
Ashby Canal - Extension north of Snarestone 0.1 0.2 2010
Ashton Canal 6.7 10.7 1974
Lower Avon (Worcs) 25.9 41.4 1962
Upper Avon (Worcs) 19.6 31.4 1974
Basingstoke Canal - to Greywell Tunnel 30.8 49.3 1991
Birmingham Canal - Old Main Line loops 4.0 6.4 1970s
Birmingham Canal - Ridgeacre Branch 1.5 2.4 1982
Birmingham Canal - Titford Branch 1.8 2.8 1974
Bow Back Rivers and Prescott Sluice 4.0 6.4 2008
Brecon & Abergavenny Canal 33.3 53.6 1970
Bridgewater Canal - Castlefield Basins 0.1 0.2 1988
Bridgewater Canal - Pomona Lock Branch 0.1 0.2 1995
Bridgwater & Taunton Canal 16.0 25.7 1994
Bude Canal - Sea Lock to Falcon Bridge 0.1 0.1 2000
Bude Canal - Falcon Bridge to Helebridge Wharf 2.0 3.2 2009
Caldon Canal - main line 17.5 28.2 1974
Caldon Canal - Leek Branch 2.8 4.5 1974
Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation - Springfield Basin 0.5 0.8 1993
Chesterfield Canal - Worksop to Norwood Tunel 5.6

9.0

2003
Chesterfield Canal - Chesterfield to Staveley 5.0 8.0 1990s
Cromford Canal- extension from Langley Mill 0.2 0.3 1987
Dilham Dyke 0.5 0.8 1972
Droitwich Barge Canal 7.0 11.3 2010
Droitwich Junction Canal 2.0 3.2 2011
Dudley Canal No 1 - Dudley Tunnel and entrances 2.5 4.0 1972
Dudley Canal No 1 - Grazebrook Arm & Pensnett Canal 0.1 0.2 1995
Dudley Canal No 2 - Windmill End to Coombeswood 2.5 4.0 1974
Erewash Canal - Gallows Inn Lock to Langley Mill 5.0 8.0 1973
Forth & Clyde Canal 35.2 56.6 2001
Forty Foot River - Welches Dam to Horseway Lock 2.4 3.9 1991
Grand Union Canal - Lapworth Link 0.1 0.2 1996
Grand Union Canal - Saltisford Arm 0.1 0.2 1984
Grand Union Canal - Welford Arm 1.5 2.4 1969
Grand Union Canal - Wendover Arm - above Tringford 0.5 0.8 2005
Grand Western Canal - Barge 11.0 17.7 1973
Great Ouse - Old West River (Earith to Pope's Corner) 11.5 18.5 1968
Great Ouse - St Ives to Eaton Socon 15.6 25.1 1938
Great Ouse - Eaton Socon to Bedford 15.5 24.9 1978
Great Ouse - Flood Relief Channel (new navigation) 6.5 10.5 2001
Huddersfield Narrow Canal 21.0 33.8 2001
Kennet & Avon Canal - Bath to Hamstead Lock 53.5 86.1 1990
Kennet Navigation - Bulls Lock to Tyle Mill Locks 8.5 13.7 1990
Leeds & Liverpool Canal - Liverpool Link 0.5 0.8 2009
Little Ouse - above Brandon Lock 1.5 2.4 1995
Llangollen Canal - main line 46.0 74.1 1955
Llangollen Canal - Prees Branch 1.5 2.4 1980
Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal - Middlewood Section 0.1 0.2 2009
Middle Level Navigations - Well Creek 5.5 8.9 1975
Monmouthshire Canal - Pontymoile to Pontnewydd 2.2 3.5 1995
Montgomery Canal - Frankton to Maesbury 6.1 9.8 1995
Montgomery Canal - Arddlin to Berriew 11.5 18.5 1980s
Oxford Canal - Old Engine Arm 0.3 0.5 1977
Oxford Canal - Wyken Arm 0.1 0.2 1959
Peak Forest Canal - Marple to Dukinfield 8.0 12.9 1974
Peak Forest Canal - Bugsworth Basin 0.1 0.2 2005
Pocklington Canal - East Cottingwith to Melbourne 4.0 6.4 1986
Ports Creek (part of the Portsmouth & Arundel Canal) 1.0 1.6 1963
Ribble Link (new waterway) 3.5 5.6 2002
Ripon Canal 2.0 3.2 1997
Rochdale Canal - Dukes Lock to Ducie Street 1.2 1.9 1974
Rochdale Canal - Ducie Street to Sowerby Bridge 30.8 49.6 2002
River Severn - Lydney Docks 0.1 0.1 2004
Shannon-Erne Waterways (Ballinamore & Ballyconnell Canal) 7.5 12.1 1994
Sleaford Navigation - River Witham to Coblers Lock 7.6 12.2 1986
South Forty Foot (Black Sluice) Drain - to Donnington Bridge 12.7 20.4 2009
Staffs & Worcs Canal - Hazelstrine Arm 0.2 0.3 1980
Stourbridge Canal - main line 6.5 10.5 1967
Stourbridge Canal - Stourbridge Arm 2.0 3.2 1981
Stratford-on-Avon Canal - southern section 12.5 20.1 1964
River Tyne - Ouseburn (newly impounded) 0.1 0.2 2009
Union Canal 32.0 51.5 2002
Uttoxeter Canal - Froghall Basin and lock 0.1 0.1 2005
Walsall Canal - Walsall Arm 0.1 0.2 1995
River Weaver Navigation - Anderton Boat Lift Branch 0.1 0.1 2002
Wey & Arun Canal - Loxwood to Drundgewick 3.0 4.8 2009
Yorkshire Ouse - Linton Lock Navigation 9.5 15.3 1966

Notes:

1. The Forty Foot River is currently closed east of Horseway Lock.
2. Part of the Ridgeacre Branch was lost to the Black Country Spine Road in 1991.

Before & After

The photos below show the area around Vines Park on the Droitwich Barge Canal, before and after restoration.

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