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-rings on the home page also give access to many sites with a waterways content.

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Main Waterways Links
Inland Waterways Association 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 National co-ordinating body for voluntary labour on restoration the inland waterways of Britain.
George's: Canal Boating in the U.K. and Europe This 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 Canal Museum This site provides an introduction to the original canal museum at Stoke Bruerne.
National Waterways Museum This site provides an introduction to the excellent museum at Ellesmere Port - sometimes known as the Boat Museum.
Gloucester Waterways Museum This site provides an introduction to the waterways museum at Gloucester Docks - formerly known as The National Waterways Museum.
Canal & River Trust 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.


The following links are to sites about 'nearby' waterways:

Local Waterway Links
Basingstoke Canal:
Basingstoke Canal Society (formerly Surrey & Hampshire CS)
Basingstoke Canal Authority
A beautiful canal in west Surrey and northern Hampshire.
Chichester Canal A canal under restoration joining the West Sussex city to the sea. The canal formerly formed part of the Portsmouth & Arundel Canal.
Cotswold Canals A 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 Project As an addition to information on our site about the Itchen Navigation, this site gives details and news of the completed project to conserve the waterway.
Kennet & Avon Canal This navigable waterway runs across southern England linking Bristol to the Thames at Reading.
Somersetshire Coal Canal The Somersetshire Coal Canal was built to carry coal from the Paulton and Radstock coal fields near Bath to the Kennet and Avon Canal.
Sussex Ouse The River Ouse in Sussex was once navigable from the sea for over 20 miles. The Suussex Ouse Restoration Trust is presenting a case for making the river a priceless asset to its surrounding communities.
Titchfield Canal This site about landmarks around the Solent has a number of pages of relevance to Titchfield and its canal. However, research in the last few years would seem to throw considerable doubt upon the idea of this ever being a navigable waterway.
Wey & Arun Canal The Wey & Arun Canal runs through Surrey and West Sussex and when restored will link the River Wey with the south coast.
Wilts & Berks Canal A 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 Junction Canal 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.
Canal Media The UK Inland Waterways Internet Guide (although the site does not seem to have been updated since 2004).
The Canal Shop Company Secure online shop for growing range of books, videos, brass plaques and other canal and inland waterway related items. Also includes a comprehensive waterways website directory.
Jim Shead's Waterways Information Over 600 pages on navigable rivers and canals, tables of distances, history, photographs, bibliography, videos, glossary, articles, features, etc.
Leeds & Liverpool Canal Society A comprehensive series of pages all about the 127-mile waterway linking Lancashire and Yorkshire.
NB Whisper There's information here on the technical and interior design of narrow boat Whisper, plus links to a number of other waterways-related sites.
River Itchen A learning resource covering various aspects of the River Itchen including the Navigation. (This site seems to be no longer available.)
Shrewsbury & Newport Canals Trust The work of the Trust to promote restoration of the canal line from Norbury Junction to Shrewsbury; including information on the canals themselves.
Southern E-Group Within more than 650 pages, this site contains much information concerning the Southern Railway, it's predecessors and successors.
UK Canals Network This site aims to bring you complete listings of all canal and river side services in the United Kingdom, also information for boaters and other waterway users, and links to everything canals.
Waterways Directory Is 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.

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