The UK Canal System

The canals in the U.K are a major part of the network of inland waterways.  Originally many routes were used for industrial transport or irrigation, today they are mainly used for recreational purposes such as boating holidays, fishing and some lovely canalside cottages provide perfect family self catering accommodation .  There are around 2,200 miles of  canals and rivers in the UK, many of which are in the care of British Waterways.  Their role is is to protect the historic waterways  to ensure that they can be used by us now and enjoyed by future generations.

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  • Ladyline Hotel Boats at Caen Hill Locks, Wiltshire
  • Ladyline Hotel Boats
  • Bingley Five Rise Locks, Bingley nr Bradford
  • Typical canal boat art as seen on many canal & narrow boats
  • Canal at Hebden Bridge, nr Halifax
  • Leeds & Liverpool canal
  • Narrow boat approaching lock on the Grand Union Canal, Leicester
  • Trevor Lower Mill - beautifully converted to a private house, nr Wrexham
  • Drayton swing bridges
  • New Hilton Hotel in central Manchester by the canal.
  • Narrow boats moored alongside the canal at Shakerstone
  • Narrow boats moored at The Aspley Basin, Huddersfield
  • Rochdale Canal
  • Falkirk Wheel
  • Ladyline Hotel Boats at Caen Flight locks
  • Anderton Boat Lift
  • Snipe & Taurus, Canal Voyagers Hotel Boats in lock
  • Taurus, Hotel Boat
  • Snipe & Taurus Canal Voyagers Hotel Boats
  • Traditional narrowboat moored on UK canal
  • Cambrian Wharf, part of the Birmingham canal system
  • Cohoes, Waterford