Canals and Waterways
Welcome to Canals & Waterways, the website dedicated to the history and routes of
Britain's Inland Waterways. Almost every British canal, whether navigable, derelict or under restoration is
described here. Many river navigation's (including all of the Norfolk Broads waterways) are also
WHAT YOU WILL FIND
Each page contains a chronological history of the waterway in question, tracing its roots
from its initial promotion through to c2000. Also the Canals and Waterways History page dispalys a complete
Chronology of worldwide canals and waterways created by man.
Each waterway also has a detailed description of its route. Where possible, we have included up to
date instructions on where to find interesting features along the waterway. Brief descriptions on how to reach
these features are often included.
The route descriptions are of most use to walkers, cyclists and people who generally enjoy
scrambling along muddy footpaths for entertainment!
Most canals have towpaths but a lot of rivers have no path at all or have paths which are severed
in places. whenever possible, walking details will be also detailed.
WHERE DOES THE INFORMATION COME
The content of this website's content copyright belongs to
Peter Hardcastle. All the information is the result of a great research and
work for more than 10 years.
See here more about
Peter Hardcastle and Canal Routes website history.
The main reference books used for researching the historical
information are: Charles Hadfield's Canals of Great Britain and Ronald
Russell's Lost Canals of Great Britain though many other sources of
information are also used. More recent information comes from various books,
leaflets and the canal press.
Route descriptions of completely lost canals come from
Ronald Russell's Lost Canals of Great Britain.