Gloucester and Sharpness Canal

The 16-mile Gloucester and Sharpness Canal connects Gloucester to Sharpness where the canal meets the estuary of the River Severn. Built as a bypass to allow cargo ships to avoid the traitorous section of the River Severn, it is a historic canal. In the late 1700’s the section of the…

Fossdyke Navigation

One of Britain's oldest canals dating back to 120AD, the Fossdyke Navigation in Lincolnshire links the River Witham to the River Trent. It carves a flat, straight path through the Lincolnshire countryside, perfect for a Sunday stroll style paddle. The Fossdyke navigation is 11 miles long with just 1 lock.…

Forty Foot Drain

The Forty Foot Drain in Cambridgeshire is an artificial drainage river in Cambridgeshire. It is also known as Vermuyden's Drain Located in the Fens, in a relatively flat and exposed part of the country, it is only 10 miles long. Stretching between Wells Bridge, where it joins the River Nene,…

Exeter Ship Canal

A canal ahead of its time, the Exeter Ship Canal was one of the first artificially built canals in the UK. It dates back to 1566 and links the River Exe at Turf Lock to the Exeter Quay. It was built to bypass weirs that had been erected on the…

Erewash Canal

The Erewash canal is a great way to explore the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire countryside in a unique way. As you paddle along you will glide right through the heart of the DH Lawrence countryside. You paddle through a range of habitats perfect for nature lovers. The canal begins in Langley…

Dudley Canal

An eclectic mix of canal, the Dudley Canal has three striking features. Firstly, the canal is actually split into two parts. Secondly, it features the famous Dudley tunnel. Dudley's No1 Canal is 4.6 miles in length with 12 locks along it. This part of the canal joins the Stourbridge Canal…

Droitwich Canal

The Droitwich canal is little over 7 miles in length and has 16 locks along the route. The number of locks along this short canal can make an interesting set of portages for paddlers! Great for building upper body strength. A thriving and peaceful canal with a strong canal boat…

Cromford Canal

The 14.5 mile Cromford Canal is a wildlife paradise to paddle along. It starts at Cromford in the shadow of an old cotton mill once owned and run by Richard Arkwright. It once ran all the way south to Ambergate where it met the Erewash Canal and filtered through to…

Coventry Canal

Running for 38 miles in the West Midlands, the Coventry Canal is one of the great survivors of the canal network. After heavy bombing during the blitz, it almost didn’t survive. In fact, if it wasn’t for a group of hard working volunteers, the canal would have been lost  years…

Chesterfield Canal

Known locally as ‘Cuckoo Dyke,’ the 46-mile Chesterfield canal is a lush, green haven for wildlife travelling through Derbyshire into the Lincolnshire countryside. It has 65 locks. Although most of it is navigable, Tapton Lock on the edge of Chesterfield, is cut off from the main canal. The eastern part…

Caldon Canal

The 18-mile Caldon canal stretches from the heart of Stoke-on-Trent into the Staffordshire countryside. It provides a welcome escape and a blue gym escape from busy city life. The canal has a total of 17 locks along its route, but most of these are grouped into sections of 3 or…

Calder and Hebble Navigation

Once a key cog in the industrial revolution wheel, the now rural, peaceful Calder & Hebble Navigation is a real northern treat. The navigation connects the towns of Sowerby Bridge and Brighouse with the city of Wakefield. No longer commercial, this mainly rural canal is open to everyone to enjoy…

Burwell Lode

Burwell Lode runs from the village of Burwell and joins Reach Lode less than 1 mile from the River Cam. A lode is a short, straight stretch of water, normally connecting a village to a major river. They are often described as dykes although they were built for navigation and…

Bridgwater and Taunton Canal

.The Bridgwater and Taunton Canal is a canal in South West England. It links the two towns of Bridgwater and Taunton and measures 14.5 miles long and has 7 locks. Built in 1827, the grand idea for the canal to be part of a plan to link the Bristol and…

Bridgewater Canal

People often call the Bridgewater Canal the first true canal in Britain. And, just to be clear, it is nowhere near the town of Bridgewater in Somerset. This North-East canal links Runcorn to Leigh along a 39-mile stretch. It provides a brilliant day out for walkers to cyclists, anglers, paddlers…

Birmingham Canal Navigations

Birmingham Canal Navigations. There are over 100 miles of canal in Birmingham. So, if you live in the city or surrounding area, there is no excuse to not get out on the water. It’s one of the most accessible cities by water in the UK! Find our routes below: Navigations,…

Birmingham and Wolverhampton Canal

The Birmingham and Wolverhampton Canal, known as the Old Main Line, is a 14 mile long stretch of canal. It links Birmingham with Wolverhampton, with the help of 24 locks. A historically rich stretch to paddle along, it takes you through the heart of the Black Country. As you paddle…

Birmingham and Fazeley Canal

The Birmingham and Fazeley canal is rather typical of many canals. It speaks the language of the industrial revolution and keeps the yesteryear heritage alive. The canal is 15 miles long, has a whopping 38 locks along it, and links to the Coventry Canal at Tamworth. It then climbs its…

Basingstoke Canal

As with many canals, despite their industrial uses in the past, they are now havens rich in wildlife. The Basingstoke canal is certainly no different. The Basingstoke Canal runs for 32 miles from West Byfleet in Surrey to Greywell in Hampshire.  It is perfect for paddlers who want an easy…

Ashton Canal

Travelling right to the heart of Manchester, this stretch of the Ashton Canal climbs 18 locks along it’s 6.8 miles from Ashton-under-Lyne to the city centre. A largely industrial stretch, it’s a wonder you can paddle along it at all. In fact, if a group of volunteers hadn’t clubbed together…

Ashby Canal

The Ashby Canal, (or Ashby-de-la-Zouch canal officially, despite never quite reaching the town) is a canal that keeps on giving in terms of flora, fauna and history! Along it’s 22 mile stretch there are no locks, which means no portages along this beautiful stretch either… another win.  So what makes…

Aire and Calder Navigation

As with many canals, the Aire and Calder navigation has a strong industrial heritage. This once heavily commercial waterway running from Leeds to Goole was once a hustling bustling industrial revolution super-highway. Flowing to the River Ouse at Google, the canal once carried millions of tonnes of cloth, coal and…