n.b. Whisper

UK Inland Waterways Links

This list of (predominantly) UK Inland Waterways links has been painstakingly compiled over a number of years. I hope you find it of use or interest! I try to keep the links up to date and weed out the dead ones, but you know how it is! Caveat Emptor! {Note: Web site revamped in May 2012 - all dead links removed, but I have no time to update and expand}

George's: Canal Boating in the U.K. and Europe The premier site for the UK Inland Waterways Internet community. Go here if you wish to join the Canals mailing list. Many of the links on this page are also reproduced there (George and I have exchanged bookmarks on a few occasions!).

'Gateways' and other pages of links to Waterways sites...

Canal Junction - the comprehensive canal guide and business directory An attractive and well-designed gateway to canals and businesses associated with them.
The UK Waterways Network Home of the mailing lists and web ring, amongst other things...
Tourist Net UK - Boating Specific boating information for tourists
Links to" Boaty " Sites Not just Inland Waterways...
U.K Canals A site dedicated to the canals and inland waterways of the UK
MyNarrowboat.com A web gateway to narrowboat-related info
The Mother of All Maritime Links US- and Marine-oriented, but lots of good links...
EuropeAfloat UK canals pages

Web sites or pages relating to specific UK Waterways...

English Rivers...

Lisa Osta's Virtual River Thames
The Thames Path
Severn boating page
River Thames on Wikipedia

English Canals...

Huddersfield Narrow Canal
Ashton Canal
Peak Forest Canal
Rochdale Canal
The Pennine Waterways
Wey & Arun Canal Trust (WeySouth)
Ashton Canal, Macclesfield Canal and Peak Forest Canal
The Droitwich Canals Trust
Driffield Navigation
Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust
The Somersetshire Coal Canal
The Lancaster Canal History and Information
The Lapal Canal Restoration & Preservation Project
Wilts and Berks Canal
The Grantham Canal A promising restoration project
Grantham Canal Official Website And another..!
Barnsley, Dearne & Dove Canals Trust Yorkshire's missing links



Waterway Restoration/Recovery...

Waterway Recovery Group Red T-shirts and Wellies! The stormtroopers of the Waterways restoration movement.
Waterway Recovery Group BITM The Bit In The Middle!
Kescrg (Volunteers Restoring Canals) The Kent & East Sussex Canal Restoration Group

Organisations covering the Waterways...

British Waterways The Goverment Agency responsible for most of the canals and some of the river navigations.
Environment Agency The Government Agency responsible for certain river navigations and environmental issues in general. You'll have a hard time finding any navigation-related information here!
Residential Boat Owners Association Campaigning group on behalf of those people who live aboard.
National Association of Boat Owners Campaigning group for private owners.
Steam Boat Association of Great Britain
Waterways Liaison Service On-Line An information exchange and point of contact for Waterways groups.
Flexible Mooring Concept A commercial venture arranging mooring swaps (for a fee).
The Classic Motor Boat Association of Great Britain
The Canal Shop
Boat Safe Boating Courses, Boating Tips, Boating Safety, Boating Contests
Southampton Canal Society
British Marine Industries Federation The umbrella trade body for the marine industry
The Pirate Castle Charity with its own narrowboats for youth parties etc
Boatlaunch Launch site guide for the slipways of the UK
The Peter Le Marchant Trust Day trips and holidays for disabled and seriously ill people - based in Loughborough.

IWA & Branches...

IWA Ipswich Branch
The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland Our cousins in the Emerald Isle.

Boat Clubs...

The Thames Vintage Boat Club
Cutweb Internet Boating Club The first virtual boat club, formed by members of the Blacksheep canals mailing list and uk.rec.waterways, to which it is gatewayed. A member of the AWCC.
Wilderness Boat Owners Club
Great Ouse Boating Association of England
The Tuesday Night Club
The Camden Canals & Narrowboat Association Community narrowboat Tarporley
Norman Boats Appreciation Society Calling all Norman cabin cruiser owners....


The National Waterways Museum Gloucester Docks
The Inland Waterways Heritage Network A directory of waterways-related museums.
River and Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames
Black Country Living Museum Strong canals content, as you might expect.
Museum of the Broads, Stalham Isolated from the main Inland Waterways network, but inland waterways nonetheless.
London Canal Museum
Standedge Visitor Centre on the newly restored Huddersfield Narrow Canal

Places connected with Inland Waterways...

Whitchurch-on-Thames My (former) home village...


The 'South Midland Water Transport Limited' Canal Carrying pages Keeping carrying alive, apparently profitably!
President The best known steam powered narrowboat of them all!
The Steamboat Association of Great Britain
Oxford PHAB on the narrowboat Venturer Social organisation for mixed able-bodied and dis-abled groups.
South Staffordshire Narrowboat Co. Ltd A charity with it's own trip boat, Earnest Thomas
The Humber Keel & Sloop Preservation Society Ancient sailing craft, still operating...
Fulbourne Historic working boat and unofficial flagship of the WRG :-)

Shows, Events, Festivals...

Thames Traditional Boat Rally

Shared Ownership, Timeshare, etc...

Jemima D Narrowboat Co-operative A "private" boat-share
Canaltime RCI timeshare...
Carefree Cruising Shared ownership

Waterways-related Entertainment...



Narrowcraft Limited:-Narrowboats & Canals
Heart of England Marinas at Alvecote on the Coventry Canal
Sawley Marina on the Trent
Concoform Marine on the Grand Union at Weedon

Maps, Route Planning, etc...

Elstead Maps Waterways maps & guides - buy online!
Britain's Waterways Covering every canal & river navigation in the UK
BW Stoppage Board
Tides and Currents calculator This one's for Windows...
Canal Route Planner on the web...
Oxford Canal Plan of 1771 from the rootsweb archive
Coventry Canal Plan of 1771, also from the rootsweb archive

Engineering, (both boats and waterways)...

Anderton Boat Lift Nearing full restoration...


Recreational Craft Directive or RCD The RCD which all new boats must conform to from 16th June 1998.


The Waterways Book Service Inland Waterways and boating books.

Waterside Pubs...

Boat Brokerage...

High Line Yachting Ltd & Boatmans Cabin Co
Andy Burnett Narrowboat Brokerage
Harral Brokerage Services
Walton Marine Brokerage
Lancaster Canal Boat Sales
Whilton Marina
Boatshop24 Boats and Yachts for sale
Venetian Marina Used and New Narrowboats for sale in Cheshire


Leawood Pump The preserved steam-pump on the Cromford Canal.
Lost Labours - The Stourport - Leominster Canal Some stunning photographs...
The Virtual Waterways Archive


Boat Builders, Boat Equipment...


Tradline Ropes & Fenders Braunston
Brenmarl Narrowboat Brassware & Chandlery Saul, Gloucestershire
The Canal Shop, Whilton Locks
Trafalgar Marine Rope, Fenders, Dayboat Hire, Peak Forest Canal, opposite New Mills Marina (bridge 28)


Engine Database - Suitable narrowboat engines
Beta Marine Diesel Engine Specifications
De-Bug TM for Boats Diesel-based micro-organisms - a likely story!
Zemar Marine fuel cells

Heating, cooking...

Kabola Heating Systems
Oil Stoves - Harworth Heating

Electrical, Generators...

Heart Interface/Xantrex Battery charger controller and inverter.
Whispergen Near silent power based on the Sterling Engine.
Fischer Panda UK Generators
Mobile Inverters for cars, etc
Battery Business Directory Extensive listing of battery types, suppliers, etc
Sterling Power Everything you ever wanted to know about boat electrics...
LED lighting for Boats & Motorhomes from Baddie the Pirate (a live-aboard boater)

Water systems...

General Ecology water filters & purifiers
Marine Sanitation

Boat Builders...

John White narrowboat builder
Liverpool Boat Co

Boat Maintenance...

Boat Maintenance Services Maintenance & BSS examinations - Lower Heyford, S. Oxford Canal.
Chertsey Meads Marine Boatyard and repair service on the lower Thames.


CoverIt Custom Canopies
Phil Speight Canal Boat Painter
Andy Russell Canal Boat Painter
Ocean Air - Blinds for Boats
Newton Crum Boat Insurance Broker for all types of pleasure craft
Lifejackets and Buoyancy Aids UK by mail order
More lifejackets at the Marine Warehouse
The Vintage Paint Company for specialist paints...
Michele Field Artist specialising in Canals and Waterways
Narrowboat Surveys


In the News...

BBC News | UK | Canal boat dead named The sad story of the L&L 'disaster' at Stegneck Lock
Canals Making a comeback BBC News story
Facelift for neglected canals BBC News story
On The Waterfront Guardian newspaper story
Canal age dawns anew in the UK BBC News report
Three Hurt in Boat Blast BBC News report


Canalia On-line waterways magazine.
Narrowboatworld On-line waterways magazine

On TV...

Hiring boats for a holiday or a short trip...

Index of all boats for rent or hire in the UK Not just narrowboats...

Trip Boats...

Lady Florence - Brunch Cruises On the rivers Alde and Ore.
Thames Luxury Charters

Hotel Boats...

H & H Narrowboat Hotels

Holiday Hire Boats (in no particular order)...

Alvechurch Boat Centres
Canal Boat Holidays in the UK - widest choice of routes and narrowboats
Drifters Leisure Limited
The Blue Riband Club A group of up-market hire operators
Latelink boating holidays Last minute deals

Single operators...
Narrowboat Savanna Canal Boat Holiday Rentals, Guildford
Andersen Boats in Middlewich, Cheshire
Bridgewater Boats
Calcutt Boats Ltd
Galleon Marine holidays narrowboat hire on the Basingstoke canal
Middlewich Narrowboats Canal Holidays & Vacations
Shire Cruisers
Weltonfield Narrowboats
Pennine Cruisers
Silsden Boats on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Countrywide Cruisers on the Shropshire Union Canal
Rose Narrowboats on the N. Oxford Canal
Starline Narrowboats at Upton-on-Severn
Valley Cruises on the Coventry Canal
Moonraker Narrowboat Company on the western Kennet & Avon Canal
Blackwater Boats on the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation
Chertsey Meads Marine on the Thames
Canalboat Holidays Ltd on the Grand Union at Weedon
Marine Cruises Montgomery Canal

Non-Boating stuff...

UK Waterside Property
Towpath Action Group Campaigning group for towpath users.
Institute Of Hydrology Everything you ever wanted to know about water...
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
The Institute of Freshwater Ecology
Charter of uk.rec.waterways What's permitted and what's not on uk.rec.waterways.
Television Transmitter Information Extremely useful for adjusting the TV aerial in an unfamiliar location!

The UK Inland Waterways scene on the Internet revolves around the canals mailing list and the newsgroup uk.rec.waterways which used to be gatewayed, but sadly not anymore. Over the past few years the people involved have organised some local and national/international get-togethers, termed GIGs (for Great Internet Get-together).

Mailing list / Newsgroup GIGs...

A number of individuals (both mailing list / newsgroup members and others) have set up their own web pages to celebrate their love of waterways, their boats or their recent trips, etc.

People's Pages...

Individuals Trips, Diaries, etc...

Canal Holiday, 1998 A group aboard an Alvechurch hire boat for a week.
September 1994 Narrowboat Trip Group hiring from Anglo-welsh at Wootton Wawen.

Individuals Pages...

Robin Cocker's new narrowboat Uisce
Dave Hockin's n.b. Hailey Wood and n.b. Sorrel
Andrew Denny's n.b. Granny Buttons
The confusion.org Narrowboat Pages - Ben Jameson
Reliance - Mike Thomas Life on the Thames in a Humber Keel.
Touch and Tell Michael Cobbs Narrowboat
The Andrew Dyke Pages N.b. One Moore, Lord Toulouse etc.
Michael Clarke
Tony Clayton's Home Page and his boat Linton
n.b. Swallow Part-owned by Richard Boyles
n.b. Elektra Harry Whitfield's PropGen powered boat with a rather familiar feel... :-)
n.b. Lancer
Wayne's Dawncraft Renovating a 22ft Dawncraft