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Stainforth & Keadby Canal

Linking the Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation with the River Trent, the Stainforth & Keadby Canal offers a pleasant cruise through quiet countryside.

Stainforth & Keadby Canal

Length14.9 miles

Maximum boat dimensions

Length18.8m 61ft 8"
Width5.2m 17ft 1"
Draught2.22m 7ft 3"
Headroom3.3m 10ft 10"

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Today, boaters find that rural surroundings and a combination of swing and lift bridges add interest to their very straight voyage across country. You're guaranteed to meet an angler or two on your travels – several stretches of the Stainforth & Keadby Canal are popular coarse fisheries.

The Stainforth & Keadby Canal is now often thought of as part of the Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation.

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