Our 2,000 miles of canals and rivers play host to over 34,000 boats. These boats are home, holiday and workplace to thousands of people and we’re proud to support this thriving community by safeguarding our waterways.

We support all boaters and holiday makers to make the most of our historic waterways, however long their stay. We believe life is better on and by the water and we’re here to make sure as many people benefit from our waterways as possible.

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In the past, our waterways served as the lifeblood of the country, vital connections for trade between towns and cities. These days the pace is a little slower and our waterways offer a different experience, providing a home to live-aboard boaters, a sanctuary for holidaymakers and a workplace for the many boats selling their wares up and down the country.

Such a diverse range of users means it's a big job to make sure there's fair access and availability for everyone, as well as keeping up with the changing needs of those who visit.

Whatever your reason for stepping aboard you’ll find the information you need to make the most of your time on the canal on these pages.

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