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.

Find out more about the campaign to restore the Droitwich Canals.

See also:

Benefits
Current restoration
Proposed restoration
Resources
Technical Documents

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