My highway! The canals of the United Kingdom are a major part of the network of inland waterways in the United Kingdom. They have a colourful history, from use for irrigation and transport, through becoming the focus of the Industrial Revolution, to today's role for recreational boating.

By boat, travel narrow English canals built in the late century. I've had many a happy Canal Boat holiday

Narrowboating on the Llangollen Canal

Ten great journeys in the UK

Wales Travel Inspiration - Narrowboating on the Llangollen Canal - Llangollen lies near the western extreme of one of the most beautiful and popular canal journeys in Wales; some would argue it’s the best in Britain.

Shropshire Union Canal

photography & reflections - PHabulous - Ancient Bridge, Shropshire, England - photo via allyours

Springtime on the Erewash Canal Derbyshire

The Infinite Gallery : Springtime on the Erewash Canal - Derbyshire - England

Shropshire Union Canal at Norbury Junction, Staffordshire

Shropshire Union Canal at Norbury Junction, Staffordshire, England Lovely place to start a journey north or south. A week in May in 2013 was heavenly.

Expert leggers Daniel Jinks and Ernest Wood. The two men demonstrate the process of 'legging' through Barnton Tunnel on the Trent and Mersey Canal. Early canal tunnels had no tow-paths, so to propel the boat through the tunnel two people had to lay on their backs on the boat, and push the boat along using their feet on wall of the tunnel. The Barnton Tunnel was over 500 yards long.

Daniel Jinks and Ernest Wood 'legging' through Barnton Tunnel on the Trent and Mersey Canal. The Barnton Tunnel was over 500 yards long.

Five Rise Locks, Bingley, West Yorkshire, England

Five Rise Locks, Bingley, West Yorkshire, England. Where my Grandma lived

Delph Locks or the Delph Nine are a series of eight (originally nine) narrow canal locks on the Dudley Canal

A sequence of nine locks on the Dudley Canal, this is a very pretty scene and shows how people with a canal boats travel.

Caen Hill Locks, Devizes by Devizes Lion, via Flickr. From Wikipedia: "Caen Hill Locks are a flight of [29] locks on the Kennet and Avon Canal, between Rowde and Devizes in Wiltshire England." More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caen_Hill_Locks

Caen Hill Locks, Devizes a flight of 29 locks on the Kennet and Avon Canal, between Rowde and Devizes in Wiltshire England.


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