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This site contains over 200Mb of data, in over 4,000 pages, relating to canals and navigable rivers in the UK. Much of this is details of each individual waterway together with a table of distances for those waterways still in use. There is also a large waterways bibliography in both title and author order. Articles, glossary and over two hundred photographs are among some of the other things you can find here.
For details of the rivers and canals, plus tables of distances for individual navigable waterways, see the Waterways Information Index that lists over 400 waterways each with its own web pages. An alternative route to information on individual waterways is through the Inland Waterways Map of England and Wales covering over 100 rivers and canals in England and Wales with full links to individual information on each navigation. Once you have arrived at an individual waterway page you will find links to all the connecting waterways so that you can follow a planned route through the system, or just wander as the fancy takes you.
There are links from each waterway to the appropriate pages of Priestley's Navigable Rivers & Canals. All 703 pages of this 1831 classic book plus index and preface can be found on the History pages, which also have details of Enginners & Surveyors (by waterway and by name) as well as a large Canal and River Chronology.
I also have a bibliography of over 700 waterways books which have come to my notice over the years. This is a new and out of print list of books relating to UK canals and navigable rivers Now there are also pages to help you buy waterways books from several diferent sources. For full details of the range of book pages available see Books, Please Note I am not offering any books for sale myself but I do provide links to book suppliers.
Did you know that there are over 100 DVD and Videos listed on my pages. If you want to buy any of these there is a link to the IWA shop which stocks most of the videos listed as well as links to Amazon and other video outlets.
For those wanting more information on the craft of the inland waterways my Boats Pages Pages have details of many types of boat used on the canals and rivers from ancient times to the present day. There is also a Boat Listing of individual craft.
If you are looking for Waterways Photographs I have 566 pictures of rivers and canals. These can be viewed either as a Picture index with frames, or in the Gallery, however, if your web browser does not support frames you can use the Picture index without frames.
At present my Waterways Features pages contain Aqueducts, a list of various aqueducts to be found on our canals, Tunnels, two lists covering the navigable and un-navigable canal tunnels, Lock Flights, a list of flights in order of size, the Seven Wonders of the Waterways, descriptions and photographs of each of these engineering wonders and My Holidays on Inland Waterways The Web edition of this book by P Bonthron, with full text and photographs. First published in 1916. The Waterways Chronology of events in year order, and Cruise Logs, of our voyages from 1994 to 2008 can also be found in the Features Section.
The Waterways Glossary contains over 400 terms relating to navigable rivers, canals and the craft that plied them. The glossary is split into the following sections A-D , E-L , M-R , S-Z in alphabetical order of the terms.
There is also a list of articles that includes the 145 articles previously published in Waterways World and Canal & Riverboat.
To help you find even more sites try the 986 Links to other sites. My Personal and Professional details can be viewed and you can get in touch with me by accessing my Contacts Page.
The following pages are intended for the newcomer to the subject who would like to know more about the basics of various aspects of the waterways.
Introducing Canal History A short account of UK navigations from Roman Britain to the years of Canal Mania.
Introducing the Waterways System A description of UK canals and navigable rivers as they are today.
Introducing Canal Boating How to choose a boat, navigation basics, working locks.
Introducing Route Planning Which waterway, Canal Rings, making a timetable.