We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.


Our canals and rivers are home to over 35,000 boats, which come in all shapes, sizes and colours. We know that this vibrant community of live-aboard boaters, pleasure boaters and traders plays a vital role in our work to bring waterways to life.

Boating on our canals and rivers will transport you back to a time when there was no term for road rage and travelling from Birmingham to London in 12 days was considered hasty. What were once the speedy highways of the 18th Century are now green corridors, connecting communities and enhancing people's lives.

Combining wildlife and history

Boating allows you to appreciate our unique wildlife, while passing through 200-year-old working heritage structures.

However, not everything about boating is shrouded in history. While you can enjoy the novelty of using a historic transport system, passing through locks and over aqueducts built at the height of the industrial revolution, you no longer have to rough it! The vast majority of today’s boats come with running water, sanitation facilities and heating!

Whether you’re a live-aboard boater, thinking about getting a boat of your own or just want to find out more about taking a holiday you’ll be able to find the information you need on these pages.

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