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.

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.

Narrowboating on the Llangollen Canal

Ten great journeys in the UK

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.

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.

Narrowboat on one of England's many beautiful canals, a great way to experience peace and relaxation on holiday.

Narrowboat on one of England's many beautiful canals, a great way to experience peace and relaxation on holiday.

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

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

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 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


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UK, Wales, Denbighshire, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct on Shropshire Union Canal

Ten great journeys in the UK

UK, Wales, Denbighshire, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct on Shropshire Union Canal

my husband's dream vacation is to rent a canal boat (or long boat) and travel the canals of England. That does NOT sound fun to me (unless we had a driver!)  Yorkshire, UK.

my husband's dream vacation is to rent a canal boat (or long boat) and travel the canals of England. That does NOT sound fun to me (unless we had a driver!) Yorkshire, UK.

Wales Travel Inspiration - NARROWBOATS ON LLANGOLLEN CANAL CROSSING THE PONTCYSYLLTE AQUEDUCT

Wales Travel Inspiration - NARROWBOATS ON LLANGOLLEN CANAL CROSSING THE PONTCYSYLLTE AQUEDUCT

GREAT CANALBOAT GUIDE!- A Shire Cruisers narrowboat holiday above Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, on the Rochdale Canal

GREAT CANALBOAT GUIDE!- A Shire Cruisers narrowboat holiday above Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, on the Rochdale Canal

A map of English canals. You can rent canal boats for a meandering vacation through the canals.

A map of English canals. You can rent canal boats for a meandering vacation through the canals.

The pens for boats to moor at the top of Caen Hill Locks, on the Kennet & Avon Canal, near Devizes, Wiltshire

The pens for boats to moor at the top of Caen Hill Locks, on the Kennet & Avon Canal, near Devizes, Wiltshire

Floating along canals can be exhilarating, relaxing and good therapy.

Floating along canals can be exhilarating, relaxing and good therapy.

Canal Boats on the Shropshire Union Canal at Brewood, Staffordshire, England.

Canal Boats on the Shropshire Union Canal at Brewood, Staffordshire, England.

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