Waterways Links

This page does not attempt to give links to all the sites with a waterway interest - there are others who are far more capable. However, you might wish to try some (or all) of these to whet your appetite. Of course, the web-ring on the home page also gives access to many sites with a waterways content.

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Main Waterways Links
Inland Waterways Association (IWA)This is the national body that fights for the future of our inland waterways system at both a local and national level.
Waterway Recovery Group (WRG)National co-ordinating body for voluntary labour on restoration the inland waterways of Britain.
National Association of Boat Owners (NABO)NABO is dedicated to promoting the interests of private boaters on Britain’s canals and rivers and lakes.
Historic Narrow Boat Club (HNBC)HNBC is dedicated to preserving the working heritage of UK canals, from the boats themselves to the details of the waterways on which they travel.
Canal & River Trust (CRT)The Canal & River Trust is the charitable body that now runs a large part of the waterways system in this country having taken over from British Waterways. As well as highlighting the Trust, this site includes ideas for days out by the water and the facility to book hotels, cottages and boating holidays.
Environment Agency (EA)This site provides access to various boating facilities and information, primarily with the Environment Agency as a navigation authority, through this government website.
The Canal MuseumThis site provides an introduction to the original canal museum at Stoke Bruerne run by CRT.
National Waterways MuseumThis site provides an introduction to the excellent museum at Ellesmere Port - sometimes known as the Boat Museum and run by CRT.
Gloucester Waterways Museum and DocksThis site provides an introduction to the waterways museum at Gloucester Docks - formerly known as The National Waterways Museum and run by CRT.
George's: Canal Boating in the U.K. and EuropeThis comprehensive site is an introduction for those unfamiliar with the pleasures of canal and waterway cruising, as well as a resource for the more experienced enthusiast.


The following links are to sites about ‘nearby’ waterways within about 50 miles of Southampton:

‘Local’ Waterways Links
Basingstoke Canal Society (formerly Surrey & Hampshire CS)As the guardian of the beautiful Basingstoke Canal, the Society promotes and campaigns for the sustainable future of the Canal as a navigation.
Basingstoke Canal AuthorityThe authority was set up in 1992 to manage the Basingstoke Canal on behalf of its joint owners: Hampshire and Surrey County Councils.
Chichester CanalA canal under restoration joining the West Sussex city to the sea. The canal formerly formed part of the Portsmouth & Arundel Canal.
Cotswold CanalsA little further afield, but the Stroudwater Navigation and the Thames & Severn Canals are now to be fully restored, work having recently started.
Itchen Navigation Heritage Trail ProjectAs an addition to information on our site about the Itchen Navigation, this site set up by the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust used to give details and news of the completed project to conserve the waterway but seems to be no longer available.
Kennet & Avon CanalThis navigable waterway runs across southern England linking Bristol to the Thames at Reading.
Somersetshire Coal CanalThe Somersetshire Coal Canal was built to carry coal from the Paulton and Radstock coal fields near Bath to the Kennet and Avon Canal.
Sussex OuseThe River Ouse in Sussex was once navigable from the sea for over 20 miles. The Sussex Ouse Restoration Trust is presenting a case for making the river a priceless asset to its surrounding communities.
Wey & Arun CanalThe Wey & Arun Canal runs through Surrey and West Sussex and when restored will once again link the River Wey with the south coast.
Wilts & Berks CanalA canal under restoration which runs from the Kennet & Avon Canal near Melksham through Swindon to the River Thames at Abingdon. The prospects for large scale restoration seem to be improving.


In addition to some of the above, the following sites have links to this site. Whilst not all these are waterways sites, you should visit them to reward them for linking to us! You should find something of interest on all these sites:

Sites that link to this site
Canal JunctionCanal Junction, the most comprehensive canal holidays guide and canal boat owner directory. Canal maps, canal holidays info, advice plus hundreds of links to canal companies.
Jim Shead's Waterways InformationOver 600 pages on navigable rivers and canals, tables of distances, history, photographs, bibliography, videos, glossary, articles, features, etc.
Leeds & Liverpool Canal SocietyA comprehensive series of pages all about the 127-mile waterway linking Lancashire and Yorkshire.
NB WhisperThere's information here on the technical and interior design of narrow boat Whisper, plus links to a number of other waterways-related sites.
Shrewsbury & Newport Canals TrustThe work of the Trust to promote restoration of the canal line from Norbury Junction to Shrewsbury; including information on the canals themselves.
Southern E-GroupWithin more than 650 pages, this site contains much information concerning the Southern Railway, it's predecessors and successors.
Waterways DirectoryIs the comprehensive directory for all UK Inland Waterways related businesses, clubs, societies and organisations. Every entry has a web site link where available, plus a digital map and email address to help you quickly locate and contact any directory listing.