Macclesfield Canal

A mostly green, lush, rural canal, the Macclesfield canal runs for 26 miles connecting the Peak Forest Canal to the Trent & Mersey Canal. Be aware! If you’re planning to connect to the Peak Forest Canal as you’ll be met with the flight of locks known as Marple Lock. 16…

Haddiscoe Cut

A canal in the Norfolk Broads, the Haddiscoe Cut is a short, straight paddle straight canal. It literally 'cuts' through the Broads countryside and links the River Yare to the River Waveney. Originally, the canal was built to reduce journey times between Lowestoft to Norwich. As you paddle along the…

Kennet and Avon Canal

The Kennet and Avon canal passes through lovely countryside and small villages, and at 87 miles long with 105 locks along the route, it’s the perfect canal for those who like a multi-day adventure, or just a really challenging paddle! The Kennet and Avon canal crosses from Reading to Bristol.…

Huddersfield Narrow Canal

A paddle through the pennines! The Huddersfield Narrow Canal is one of those places you HAVE to paddle if you’re into dramatic scenery. Cutting through the rugged hills of the pennies, and weaving through wooded countryside and past historic mills. The canal is a ‘must’ for canal boaters and should…

Grantham Canal

The Grantham canal is under reconstruction. Nature has reclaimed most of it rendering much of the original route unpaddleable. The Canal & River Trust is currently working on restoring parts of the waterway.

Huddersfield Broad Canal

The Huddersfield Broad Canal is a 3.7 mile stretch of canal maintained by the Canal & River Trust. The canal has a total of 9 locks along the route. At one end it links the Calder and Hebble Navigation to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal. From there it then continues through…

Lancaster Canal

Opening in 1819 the Lancaster canal is a 41 mile stretch of canal in the North West of England. If you’re looking for a place to paddle which requires no portages and pretty scenery, the Lancaster Canal is your best friend, as over the whole of the 41 miles, there…

Manchester Ship Canal

Small crafts are not usually permitted on the Manchester Ship Canal. It is still used as a busy shipping canal and large commercial barges and small cruise ships are common along the route. A licence is required to paddle here but it is not included in British Canoeing membership. Please…

Grand Western Canal

An opportunity to paddle through beautiful Devonshire countryside with no locks or portages. The Grand Western Canal was born of an idea to link the Bristol and English Channels. Never entirely completed it was instead used to supply limestone and coal to lime kilns. Although spring fed there is no…

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

One of the most successful canals of its time, the Leeds and Liverpool Canal was very much used as a cargo carrying canal right up until its last haul in 1972. Because of this, the canal is in pretty good nick when it comes to paddling along it. It stretches…

Llangollen canal

The Llangollen Canal is an impressive stretch of canal and will tick many boxes with paddlers. It’s 46 miles in length, making it great for multi-day trips should you wish. It’s cross country, with the canal crossing the England/Wales border. Furthermore, it starts just west of Crewe where it meets…

Nottingham and Beeston Canal

The Nottingham and Beeston Canal is a relatively short paddle at just 2.5 miles long with 3 locks. The canal flows straight through the city of Nottingham, directly under the towering, old British Waterways building, past the court system and past the very popular waterfront venue where you’ll notice hundreds…

Rochdale Canal

Restored and reopened by volunteers in 2002, the Rochdale canal links Manchester to Sowerby Bridge on a cross-Pennine route. The canal stretches 32 miles in total, with a whopping 91 locks on the stretch… but the steep climb of the canal is worth it for the views, so we’re told!…

Ripon Canal

A short canal at just 2.3 miles long, the Ripon Canal in Yorkshire begins on the outskirts of Ripon and flows into the River Ure at Oxclose Lock. From here you can join the flow of the river and paddle all the way to the River Ouse at York if…

Rushall Canal

Did you know? Birmingham has more waterways than Venice. When you start to study the map around Birmingham on the PaddlePoints site you’ll see that to be true! Birmingham is literally bursting with canals all ready for you to explore. The Rushall Canal is one of the Birmingham canal navigations,…

Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

A hidden gem and a wildlife haven… we don’t use these two phrases lightly! But the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal is truly deserving of such praise. A tranquil, beautiful 35 mile long stretch, reaching from Brecon to Sebastopol follows the line of the Usk Valley through the well-known Brecon Beacons…

Peak Forest Canal

Described as one of the most scenic canals in the country, the Peak Forest canal is 15 miles of paddle-heaven. It flows past mill workers cottages, lush woodland and open meadows. The canal is a route popular with nature lovers for its variety of flora and fauna along the route.…

Pocklington Canal

There aren’t many sections of the canal that can boast as much wildlife as this one. For good reason, the Pocklington Canal is popular with wildlife lovers from across the country. And over this relatively short canal, it packs a huge wildlife punch. Measuring just 9.5 miles in length and…

Reach Lode

The Reache Lode is located in Cambridgeshire. It is one of the many ‘lodes’ in the area that eventually connect to the River Great Ouse before joining The Wash at Kings Lynn. First, the Reach Lode joins the River Cam at Upware though, before joining with a few of the…

New Junction Canal

The New Junction Canal in Yorkshire is a 5.5 mile long canal with just 1 lock at Sykehouse Bridge. Why ‘new canal?’ Well, the New Junction Canal is only actually around 100 years old, dating back to 1905. It was built to carry freight and still does that job to…