Every year 10 million people visit our waterways.

Half the population of Britain lives within 5 miles of one of our canals or rivers.

80% of schools are less than 10 miles from one of our waterways.

Every day in the UK 50 million journeys go directly past, over or on a canal.

You can enjoy a wide range of leisure and educational activities on Britain’s inland waterways.

  • We have 25,000 boats on our waterways
  • Our 1,500 miles of towpath are very popular with joggers and walkers
  • 100,000 anglers regularly fish our waters

Many committed volunteers have worked hard to restore waterways that were once abandoned and unusable. You too can help to restore and preserve our network by joining a local waterway society.

Each year 10 million people make approximately 160 million visits to our waterways. Join them and find out that there is a lot more than canals to Britain’s waterways.