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The Waterways of Britain

Discover the Waterways – Rivers, Canals & Streams of Great Britain. Plan a water-side walk, nature trip, staycation or holiday with our curated guide.

Peaceful, beautiful and full of life – Britains waterways are a wonderful place to visit or live. Amongst some of Britains most beautiful and tranquil hidden countryside flow rivers and canals that are guaranteed to take you away from it all.

Rivers and streams or burns and brooks, whatever you call them our waterways are packed with wildlife. Waterways and their basins are vital habitats. From the more common mallard ducks, coots and moorhens and majestic swans to the stunning kingfisher and the rarely seen otters. Butterflies, damsel-flies and dragonflies dot the towpaths and river banks. The water itself provides the perfect environment for fish, animals and plants, such as our native Crayfish.

The UK’s canals remind us of our rich industrial heritage. And now are a place where we can experience or live a more leisurely pace of life. If you’re not on board a colourful narrowboat there is plenty of scope for activity on the canals as well as wildlife spotting. The generally flat and well kept towpaths are perfect for a walk or cycle.


Useful Websites

Canal & River Trust
Charity who looks after and bring to life 2,000 miles of waterways. A goldmine of information helping you enjoy the waterways.

Rivers of the United Kingdom
Index of the longest rivers in the UK with linked pages containing extensive details of each at Wikipedia.

Inland Waterways Association
A membership charity that works to protect and restore the country’s 6,500 miles of canals and rivers.

UK Rivers Network
Helping communities to love and care for their rivers. With news updates, an events diary, river walks and cycle rides, and educational pages.

The Rivers Trust
Works to protect, promote and enhance our river environment, for both people and wildlife. Find your local group.

River Access for All
Group of ordinary canoeists who work to gain recognition that there is, and always has been, a public right of navigation on our rivers.

Canal & River Trust Open Data
Detailing such features as all aqueducts, bridges, canals, weirs, reservoirs and much more…

The River Restoration Centre
Offers technical advice and information on specific projects as well as general river restoration related advice.

Freshwater Habitats Trust
UK based charity working to conserve freshwater wildlife for everyone to enjoy.

Freshwater Biological Association
Advancing understanding and sustainable management of fresh waters. Promoting freshwater biology and the sound and sustainable management of freshwater systems.

Freshwater – The Wildlife Trust
The rain-soaked lands of Britain and Northern Ireland are rich in rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, canals and ditches…

OS Open Rivers
If you need a high-level view of watercourses in Great Britain, OS Open Rivers is for you, and it’s completely free.

Open Canal Map
Open Canal Map comes in three flavors: Google Maps overlay, Android app and iPhone/iPad app.

Scottish Canals
Scottish Canals are in charge of the five canals in Scotland.

Waterfalls of the United Kingdom
This is a links page to the named waterfalls found in the UK, and includes a list of the highest waterfalls.

Waterways News

RSS News / Canal Junction
RSS News / The Inland Waterways Association
RSS News / Freshwater Habitats Trust

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