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Frequently Ask Questions - Maximum length and width of Narrowboat on each Canal

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Wed Apr 27, 2016 at 12:54pm

As a narrow boat broker Venetian Marina always get asked about the maximum sized boat that someone can have in order to do the whole of the Inland Waterways in England and Wales.  This is why we have decided to add details of canals, rivers, and the maximum dimension of the vessel. I have included some historical and abandoned canals for your interest.

Happy cruising.

Canal

Length

Locks

Max boat length (ft)

Width (ft)

Where

Year opened

Year abandoned

Year restored

Aire and Calder Navigation

34mi (55km)

12

200

20

NE

1704

 

 

Andover Canal

22mi (35km)

24

65

8.5

S

1794

1859

 

Ashby-de-la-Zouch Canal

22mi (35km)

0

72

7

M

1804

1918, 1966

 

Ashton Canal

6mi (10km)

18

70

7

NW

1796

1961

1974

Barnsley Canal

14.5mi (23km)

15

84

14

NW

1799

1893, 1946

in process

Basingstoke Canal

32mi (51km)

29

68

13

S

1794

1910

1991

Beverley Beck

0.5mi (1km)

1

65

17.5

NE

1744

 

 

Birmingham and Warwick Junction Canal

2.5mi (4km)

6

70

7

M

1844

 

 

Birmingham Canal Navigations

29.8mi (48km)

34

70

7

M

1772-1794

 

 

Birmingham and Fazeley Canal

20.5mi (33km)

44

70

7

M

1789

 

 

Blyth Navigation

7mi (11km)

6

50

14

EA

1761

1911

 

Bridgewater Canal

40mi (64km)

0

72

14.75

NW

1761

 

 

Bridgwater and Taunton Canal, Somerset

14.5mi (23km)

6

50

9.83

SW

1827

1907

1994

Bude Canal

35mi (56km)

2

20

5.5

SW

1823

1891

 

Calder and Hebble Navigation

21.5mi (35km)

38

55

14

NE

1794

 

 

Caldon Canal

18mi (29km)

17

72

7

NM

1779

 

 

Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation

13.8mi (22km)

13

60

16

EA

1797

 

 

Chesterfield Canal

45.5mi (73km), now 31.5mi (51km)

62

72

7

NE

1777

1907 part

 

Chichester Canal

4.5mi (7km)

3

85

18

S

1822

1906

 

Coventry Canal

32.5mi (52km)

13

72

7

M

1769, 1788

 

 

Dearne and Dove Canal

9.8mi (16km)

19

58

14.83

NE

1804

1961

 

Derby Canal

14mi (23km)

17

72

14

NE

1796

 

 

Derby and Sandiacre Canal

14.5mi (23km)

9

72

14

NE

1793

1964

 

Digbeth Branch Canal

1.25mi (2.0km)

6

72

7

M

1799

 

 

Driffield Navigation, East Yorkshire

11mi (18km)

6

61

14.5

NE

1767

1955 (part)

 

Droitwich Canal

7.3mi (12km)

15

71.5

7.08

M

1771,1854

1939

2011

Dudley Cana

10.3mi (17km)

 

 

 

M

1770,1792

1948

1973 (part)

Erewash Cana

11.8mi (19km)

14

78

12.5

NE

1779

1962 (part)

 

Exeter Canal

5.2mi (8km)

2

122

26.25

SW

1563

 

 

Fairbottom Branch Canal

1mi (2km)

0

 

 

NW

1792

1932

 

Foss Dyke

11.3mi (18km)

1

74.5

15.17

E

1121

 

 

Gloucester and Sharpness Canal

16.5mi (27km)

2

240

30

SW

1826

 

 

Grand Junction CanaL

129.4mi (208km)

90

72

14.7

M

1800,1805

 

 

Grand Union CanaL

286.3mi (461km)

236

72

14

M

1927

 

 

Grand Union Canal (old)

24.3mi (39km)

17

72

7

EM

1814

 

 

Grand Western Canal

10.5mi (17km)

0

 

 

SW

1838

 

 

Grantham Canal

33mi (53km)

18

75

14

EM

1797

1936

 

Hatherton Canal

4mi (6km)

8

70

7

NM

1860

1955

 

Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal

34mi (55km)

22

70

7

W

1798,1845

1881

 

Hertford Union CanaL

1.3mi (2km)

3

78

14.5

SE

1830

 

 

Hollinwood Branch Canal

4.5mi (7km)

4

70

7

NW

1792

1932

 

Huddersfield Broad Canal

3.8mi (6km)

9

57.5

14.17

NE

1780

 

 

Huddersfield Narrow Canal

19.9mi (32km)

74

70

7

NE

1811

 

 

Ipswich and Stowmarket Navigation

15.9mi (26km)

15

55

14

EA

1793

1934

 

Islington Branch Canal

0.6mi (1km)

0

 

 

NW

1801

1952

 

Kennet and Avon Canal

86.5mi (139km)

105

70

12.5

SW

1727,1810

(1950)]

1990

Lancaster Canal

60.9mi (98km)

14

72

14.5

NW

1797, 1825

1955

2002 (part)

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

142.6mi (229km)

105

62

14

NE,NW

1816

 

 

Leicestershire and Northamptonshire Union Canal

48mi (77km)

22

72

13

EM

1807

 

 

Lichfield Canal

7mi (11km)

30

70

7

M

1797

1955

 

Limehouse Cut

2mi (3km)

0

88

19

SE

1766

 

 

Llangollen Canal

46.3mi (75km)

21

70’

6.83

W

1808

 

 

Louth Navigation

11.8mi (19km)

8

72

15

NE

1770

1924

 

Lydney Canal

1mi (2km)

1

100

24

SW

1821

1977

2005 (part)

Macclesfield Canal

26.3mi (42km)

13

70

7

NW

1831

 

 

Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal

12.9mi (21km)

17

68

14.17

NW

1797,1808

1941,1961

 

Manchester Ship Canal

37.4mi (60km)

5

600

65

NW

1894

 

 

Market Weighton Canal

9.5mi (15km)

1

70

14.83

NE

1782

1971

 

Melton Mowbray Navigation

11mi (18km)

12

 

 

EM

1797

1877

 

Middle Level Navigations

90mi (145km)

7

80

11

E

1608-1832

 

 

Montgomery Canal

33mi (53km)

24

70

6.83

W

1821

1944

1996 (part)

New Junction Canal

5.5mi (9km)

1

215

22.5

NE

1905

 

 

North Walsham & Dilham Canal

7.3mi (12km)

4

50

12.33

EA

1826

1927 (part)

 

Nottingham Canal

14.7mi (24km)]

18

81

14.5

NE

1796

1937 (part)

 

Oxford Canal

78mi (126km)

43

70

6.83

M

1774, 1790

 

 

Peak Forest Canal

14.8mi (24km)

16

70

7

NW

1805

1960

1974

Pocklington Canal

9.5mi (15km)

9

57

14.25

NE

1818

1932

 

Regent's Canal

8.6mi (14km)

13

72

14.5

SE

1820

 

 

Ribble Link

3mi (5km)

9

62

10.5

NW

2002

 

 

Ripon Canal

2.5mi (4km)

3

57

14.25

NE

1773

1906

1996

River Soar Navigation

21.9mi (35km)

18

72

13

EM

1794

 

 

River Lee Navigation

29.1mi (47km)

22

85

16

SE

1577, 1769

 

 

Rochdale Canal

32mi (51km)

91

74

14.17

NW

1800

 

 

Royal Military Canal

19mi (31km)

0

 

 

SE

1804

 

 

Sankey Canal

15.2mi (24km)

11

72

13.83

NW

1757

1963

 

Selby Canal

6mi (10km)

2

78.5

16.5

NE

1776

 

 

Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation

28mi (45km)

24

61.5

15.25

NE

1802

 

 

Shrewsbury Canal

25mi (40km)

34

81

7

W

1797

1944

 

Shropshire Union Canal

76.5mi (123km)

51

72]

7

NM

1835

 

 

Sleaford Navigation

12.5mi (20km)

7

70

15

NE

1794

1940

 

Somerset Coal Canal

18mi (29km)

 

 

 

SW

1802

1898

1986 (part)

Southwick Ship Canal

1.75mi (2.8km)

1

240

40

SE

1855

 

 

Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal

46.1mi (74km)

43

70

7

NM

1772

 

 

Stainforth and Keadby Canal

14.9mi (24km)

3

61.67

17

NE

1802

 

 

Stockport Branch Canal

4.9mi (8km)

0

 

 

NW

1797

1962

 

Stort Navigation

13.8mi (22km)

15

86

13.25

SE

1769

 

 

Stourbridge Canal

7.8mi (13km)

21

70

7

M

1779

 

 

Stratford-upon-Avon Canal

25.5mi (41km)

56

70

7

M

1802, 1816

 

 

Stroudwater Canal

8mi (13km)

13

70

15.5

SW

1779

 

 

Tame Valley Canal

8.5mi (14km)

13

72

7

M

1844

 

 

Thames and Medway Canal

6.5mi (10km)

1

24.5

6.5

SE

1824

1935

 

Thames and Severn Canal

28.8mi (46km)

44

74

12.75

SW

1789

1933

 

Trent and Mersey Canal

93.4mi (150km)

76

72

7

NE

1777

 

 

Uttoxeter Canal

13mi (21km)

19

 

 

NM

1811

1849

2005 (part)

Walsall Canal

9.6mi (15km)

16

72

7

M

1785-1841

 

 

Wardle Canal

0.1mi (0.2km)

1

 

 

NM

1829

 

 

Warwick and Napton Canal

14.2mi (23km)

25

72

7

M

1794

 

 

Warwick and Birmingham Canal

24.3mi (39km)

28

70

7

M

1794

 

 

Wednesbury Old Canal

4.4mi (7km)

3

70

7

M

1769

1955 (part)

 

Wey and Arun Junction Canal

23mi (37km)

26

68

11.5

S

1816

1871

 

Wey and Godalming Navigations

19.5mi (31km)

16

72

13.83

S

1651, 1760

 

 

Wilts and Berks Canal

52.5mi (84km)

42

72

7

SW

1810

1914

1995 (part)

Worcester and Birmingham Canal

30mi (48km)

58

71.5

7

M

1815

 

 

Wyrley and Essington Canal

 

 

23.5mi (38km)

39

70

7

M

1797

1900 (part)

 

 

 

We hope you find the above information interesting and useful.  Happy cruising from the team at Venetian Marina.

 

 

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