The canals of the united kingdom are a major part of the network of inland waterways in the united kingdom. Searchable map for uk canal networks across the country find information on caledonian kennet and avon canal and regents canal from canal boat magazine.
A brief historical overview of the uk canal system the uk has an extensive network of inland waterways of which our canals form a major part.
British canal network. The uk was the first country to develop a nationwide canal network. 1993 vhs on the history of canals in great britain. They supported the industries that allowed the country to become the world s first industrial power and created the wealth that led to the british empire in the victorian era.
Despite a period of abandonment today the canal system in the united kingdom is again in increasing use with abandoned and derelict canals being reopened and the construction of some new routes. The map here is colour coded to indicate which is which. The canals were built because they offered the most economic and reliable way to transport.
The network consists of both broad and narrow canals and rivers. The lines in red are broad canals with locks over seven feet wide. It is a bit dated in its style and incidental music lol but still an enjoyable little program with some.
They have a colourful history from use for irrigation and transport through becoming the focus of the industrial revolution to today s role of recreational boating. The purple lines are narrow canals with seven feet wide locks and the blue lines are navigable river. Zoom in to the map to see more information about an area including nearby facilities on and by the water.
Download a map of navigable waterways in england wales. Canal networks in the south of the uk information and navigation guides for waterways gloucester sharpness and basingstoke canal from canal boat magazine. Whilst we think mainly of their construction during the industrial revolution canals had also been created for irrigation and transportation.
The canals caused a great change in the economy of britain. Our canal river network across england and wales our 2 000 miles of canals and rivers flow through cities past homes alongside offices and out into glorious countryside bringing wellbeing opportunities to millions. Canals and rivers in england and wales map pdf 7mb individual waterways.
This inland waterways route map reproduced by kind permission of waterways world gives you a useful overview of the inland waterways system. An interactive map of the canals rivers navigations and waterways of the uk. Map of uk waterways.
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