Canal Maps & Guides

UK Canal Maps & Holiday Cruising Guides


Cruising guides & maps for popular UK canals and other navigable inland waterways.

Our canal route maps cover the most popular English, Welsh and Scottish cruising canals and navigations. Click on the canal name or any any route on the map opposite to see the cruising guide & route map.


Choosing your holiday route can be difficult, there's so much choice! So we've created holiday guides covering the most popular routes, designed to give you the 'flavour' of each canal or river. Each canal holiday guide has a map showing the route of the canal or navigable river and a description of what there is to see plus a little of its history. We give approximate distances and cruising times, and you can see junctions with other waterways.


We also have advice to help you choose your route. Do you want a busy holiday or a quiet one, lots of countryside and villages, or lots of things to do? Our full section of Canal Holiday Frequently Asked Questions offers lots more canal holiday information and useful advice, especially if you haven't had a canal holiday before.


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Under each canal map are tabs which you can click to find more information.

On the canal maps you can click on these icons to get more information

Click to see hire firm details
Boatyards and marinas
Day out attractions, boat trips, museums

You can also click on nearby canals to enjoy virtual cruises around the waterways system!

All canal pages have a blue box like this which tells you whether the canal is a narrow canal or 'broad' canal, how long it is and how many locks there are.

Many canal pages have a green box which tells you if this canal is part of a 'Cruising Ring', which other canals are in the Ring and roughly how long the Ring takes to cruise.

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