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Top 100 Sites
See also Individual Waterways and Boat Clubs
American Canal Society: Covers the USA with links to other canal societies in the States and some outside.
The Aylesbury Canal Society: Formed in 1971 to promote the use of the arm and to run the basin moorings, the Society has gained an enviable reputation for welcoming visitors.
Barnsley, Dearne & Dove Canals Trust:: Helping to restore the canals
The Basingstoke Canal Authority: Guardians of the Basingstoke Canal.
The Basingstoke Canal Society: As the guardian of the Basingstoke Canal, the Society promotes and campaigns for the sustainable future of the Canal as a navigation. Through the John Pinkerton Canal Cruises operation, it also raises money which is used to fund maintenance and improvement works undertaken by Society voluntary work parties.
Beverley Beck Boating Association: The Association's main purpose is to provide, promote and support safe maritime activities while encouraging much greater use and care of the Beck and our waterways.
Birmingham Canal Navigations Society: A mix of pages about the BCN and the BCN Society.
The Broads Society: Promote the future well-being of the Broads area, and provide a focus for all who are interested in the region
The Buckingham Canal Society: Restoring the Buckingham and Old Stratford arms of the Grand Union Canal.
Bude Canal and Harbour Society: Information about the history of the Bude Canal, its present state and future plans
Calder Navigation Society: The society was formed in 1969 as an association of Boaters, Ramblers and others who are interested in the preservation and development of the Calder & Hebble Navigation, the Huddersfield Broad Canal, the Wakefield Branch of the Aire & Calder Navigation, and other associated waterways.
Chelmer Canal Trust: Formerly the Friends of the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation. A voluntary group whose main aims are to preserve the waterway from Chelmsford to the sea.
The Chesterfield Canal Trust: Dedicated to the promotion and restoration of the Chesterfield Canal and run boat trips on the canal.
Chichester Ship Canal Trust: The Trust aim to preserve, maintain and improve the navigation between Chichester and the harbour.
The Cotswold Canals Trust: Restoring the Stroudwater and Thames & Severn Canals.
The Coventry Canal Society: Includes an art trail along the canal.
Derby & Sandiacre Canal Society: Has a mission to fully restore the Derby Canal as close as possible to the original route.
The Dorset & Somerset Canal: A canal that was only partly completed and was abandoned around 1803.
Droitwich Canals Trust: Completing the Mid-Worcestershire Ring.
East Anglian Waterways Association: For fifty years the East Anglian Waterways Association has been campaigning for the preservation, restoration and good management of all inland and tidal waterways in East Anglia.
The Forth and Clyde Canal Society: Formed in 1980 to campaign for the canal's restoration.
The Friends of the Cromford Canal: An organisation whose aim is to see the restoration of the historic Cromford Canal.
The Grand Western Canal Trust: The Grand Western Canal Trust was established in 1988 to preserve and enhance this unique waterway for the enjoyment of all users.
The Great Ouse Boating Association: Providing facilities for, and representing, boaters using the Great Ouse and its tributaries.
Hereford & Gloucester Canal Trust: Aim to fully restore the 34 miles of canal and locks which will once again link Hereford with Ledbury.
The Huddersfield Canal Society.: The history of the canal and the 25 year restoration campaign and volunteer activities
The Humber Keel & Sloop Preservation Society: The Society operate the Humber Keel 'Comrade' and Humber Sloop 'Amy Howson' from South Ferriby. Both vessels sail but not on a commercial basis
Inland Waterways Association of Ireland: For boating people, anglers, archaeologists and nature lovers.
The Inland Waterways Protection Society Ltd: The Society, formed in 1958, campaigns for the Inland Waterways of Great Britain. The Society has a long lease of Bugsworth Canal Basin.
IWA Cambridge Branch: The Branch was formed in the early 1970s and furthers the interests and aims of the Association on the river Great Ouse and its navigable tributaries.
IWA Chiltern Branch : The Inland Waterways Association branch covering the Aylesbury Arm and adjacent parts of the Grand Union main line.
IWA Ipswich Branch: The site of the Inland Waterways Association Ipswich Branch.
IWA London Region: The site of the Inland Waterways Association London Region.
IWA Milton Keynes Branch : The Inland Waterways Association branch covering the parts of the Grand Union main line.
IWA Peterborough Branch: All the news and events of the Peterborough Branch of the Inland Waterways Association.
Kennet & Avon Canal Trust: Official Website
Kent & East Sussex Canal Restoration Group: Provides volunteers to help restore canals and waterways throughout Britain.
The Lancaster Canal Trust: The Lanky - the website of the Trust. The Trust also run Boat trips on the canal.
The Leeds & Liverpool Canal Society: Helping to ensure the survival of the unique traditions of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.
Lichfield & Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust: Campaigns for the restoration of the Lichfield Canal, and the Hatherton Canal through Cannock.
Linlithgow Union Canal Society: Linlithgow is on the Edinburgh & Glasgow Union Canal which is 31½ miles long and links the centre of Edinburgh to the Forth & Clyde Canal at Falkirk.
Louth Navigation Trust: The Trust seeks to enhance the Louth Navigation canal corridor, by undertaking sustainable heritage programmes of canal and building restoration.
The Macclesfield Canal Society:
Manchester & Stockport Canal Society : The society was formed on the 3rd February 2004 for the sole purpose of restoring the Stockport Arm of the Ashton canal to its head of navigation in Stockport
Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal Society: Aims to preserve the line of the canal, restore all parts of the canal which remain in water, and eventualy restore the whole canal.
Melton & Oakham Waterways Society: Campaign and actively work for the preservation of the River Wreake (Melton Mowbray Navigation) and Oakham Canal.
Monmouthshire Brecon & Abergavenny Canals Trust:
Montgomery Waterway Restoration Trust: Friends of the Montgomery Canal.
Neath and Tennant Canals Trust: A non-profit making organisation dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the Neath and Tennant Canals in South Wales.
The Newbury Working Party Group: Currently working on the Wey & Arun, Hereford and Gloucester Canals, and the Basingstoke Canal.
North Walsham & Dilham Canal Trust: Restoring the North Walsham & Dilham Canal
The Packet Boat Duchess-Countess Project: A project to re-create the canal packet-boat "Duchess Countess" as a true replica.
Pike Bridge Project: A project that is being organised by the Cotswold Canals Trust as part of its contribution to the restoration of the Stroudwater Navigation and the Thames & Severn Canal.
The River Gipping Trust: The River Gipping Trust is preserving the historic Ipswich and Stowmarket Navigation by restoring the navigation structures of the River Gipping from the docks in Ipswich to Stowmarket and caring for the flora and fauna of the Gipping Valley.
The River Stour Trust: The Trust, a registered charity, was formed in 1968 to protect the right of navigation on the River Stour (Suffolk).
River Weaver Navigation Society: Improving facilities for boaters, walkers, horse riders, cyclists and anglers as well as preserving its history and wildlife.
Runcorn Locks Restoration Society: The Society plans to restore the line of 10 locks from the Bridgewater Canal to the River Mersey.
The Saltisford Canal Trust: This arm is all that remains of the Warwick terminus of the Warwick and Birmingham Canal. Restored from dereliction between 1982 and 1988 by the Trust.
Sankey Canal Restoration Society: Information about the work of the society.
Scottish Inland Waterways Association: The Voice of Scotland's Canals
The Shropshire Union Canal Society: The Society was formed in 1968 to promote interest in the past, present and future of 158 miles of canal comprising the main line and branches.
The Shropshire Union Fly-boat Restoration Society: Formed in 1988 to focus on regenerating the traditional horse drawn Shropshire Union Fly-boats of the Northwest.
Sleaford Navigation Trust: The aim of the Trust is to restore the Navigation to full working order.
The Somersetshire Coal Canal Society: The Society is aimed at those people who are interested in finding out more about the history of the canal, preserving what is still there and walking the parts that are still accessible to the public.
The Somersetshire Coal Canal: Books, events, membership, news, a short history and walking the canal.
The Southampton Canal Society:
Stafford Riverway Link: Incorporating the Stafford Branch Navigation Heritage Trust. Aiming to restore the link Stafford to the Staffs & Worcs Canal.
The Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal Society: Formed in 1959 the society aims to further the development and use of the canal
Stratford & Warwick Waterways Trust: The Trust work towards achieving the extension of navigation on the River Avon from Stratford-upon-Avon to beyond Warwick to join the Grand Union canal.
The Stratford upon Avon Canal Society: Promoting the fullest use, maintenance and improvement of all Inland Waterways of Great Britain, and in particular the Stratford upon Avon Canal.
The Sussex Ouse Restoration Trust: Promoting conservation, restoration of navigation above Lewes, protection of the river's banks and wildlife, and educational and leisure use.
Swansea Canal Society: Aim is to restore the derelict Swansea Canal to a navigable standard and to improve the environment of the canal for the benefit of its flora and fauna.
Thames and Medway Canal Association: Halting the deterioration of the canal and promoting its use as a multipurpose amenity.
Trent & Mersey Canal Society: The only user group interested solely in the whole 94 miles of the Trent and Mersey Canal.
The Wendover Arm Trust: Supporting the restoration of the Wendover Arm of the Grand Union Canal.
West Vale Branch of the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust: Covers the stretch of the Wilts & Berks Canal that passes through the following parishes - South Marston, Bourton, Shrivenham, Ashbury, Longcot, Woolstone, Baulking and Uffington
The Wey & Arun Canal: Restoring the Wey & Arun Canal.
The Wilts & Berks Canal: Updates on restoration.
Wooden Canal Boat Society: Dedicated to saving, restoring and using some of the old wooden working boats of Britain's canals.
Worcester and Birmingham Canal Society: Well presented and interesting canal society pages.
Links to other websites can also be seen in the following formats:-
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Links in Website Address (URL) order.
Links in Name Order.