Coolcanals: Waterways Directory & Information Guide. Waterside Walks & Cycling, Boating & Holidays in the Waterways Outdoors



Narrow canals were built for narrowboats, and these aptly-named romantic boats are the real reason that over 2,000 miles of canal have remained navigable and virtually unchanged for more than 200 years. Before the invention of the engine, horses walked the towpaths, pulling boats laden with cargo. The hard labour of the past has become the treasure of Britain's heritage today.
But leisure boating on the canals isn't only about narrowboats. It's cruisers, canoes, rowing boats, barges, anything that'll float.
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