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Where to Photograph Major Canal Features

We are attempting to list all places where photographers can photograph major canal features within the UK. This is the start of a list that will both grow over time and hopefully we will be able to add more columns or information.

Where the names in the first column is hyperlinked this links to a Location page with more information on this site and over time more of these will be added, we will be delighted if some of you would like to also produce location pages.

Canal Feature

Canal/Near

County

NGR

Website
Link

Notes

Almond Aqueduct

Union Canal nr Burnside

West Lothian

NT104707

Wikipedia

Geograph

Aqueduct over the River Almond

Anderton Boat Lift

Trent & Mersey Canal

Cheshire

SJ647753

Wikipedia

 

Avon Aqueduct

Union Canal,

Linlithgow

West Lothian

NS970764

Wikipedia

Geograph

Scotland's longest and tallest aqueduct

Avoncliff Aqueduct

Kennet and Avon Canal

Wiltshire

ST803601

Wikipedia

Geograph

 

Barton Swing Aqueduct

Bridgewater Canal

Lancashire

SJ767976

Wikipedia

Geograph

Carries one canal over another; swings to let large vessels pass below.

Bath Locks

Kennet and Avon Canal

Somerset

ST756643

Wikipedia

A flight of six locks, in a quite ornate setting and including the UK's second deepest lock two pumping stations and several Grade II listed buildings.

Bingley Five Rise Locks

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Yorkshire

SE107399

Wikipedia

These staircase locks are the steepest flight of locks in the UK, with a gradient of about 1:5

Bingley Three Rise Locks

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Yorkshire

 

Wikipedia

 

Bonnington Aqueduct

Union Canal

Midlothian

NT116710

Wikipedia

Geograph

 

Bow Locks

River Lee Navigation

Middlesex

TQ383824

Wikipedia

These locks are bidirectional to connect to the tidal Bow Creek.

Caen Hill Locks

Devizes Locks Gallery

Kennet and Avon Canal Devizes

Wiltshire

ST978614

Wikipedia

A flight of 29 locks, 16 of which form an impressively steep flight in a straight line up the hillside

Chirk Aqueduct

Llangollen Canal

Denbighshire

SJ286373

Wikipedia

Geograph

Aqueduct leads to tunnel

Clifton Aqueduct

Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal

Lancashire

SD790034

Wikipedia

Geograph

Grade II

Combe Hay Caisson Lock

 

Somerset

 

Wikipedia

Boat lift

Cosgrove Aqueduct

Grand Union Canal

Northamptonshire

SP799418

Wikipedia

Geograph

Built to replace an earlier aqueduct which collapsed

Dundas Aqueduct

Kennet and Avon Canal

Wiltshire

ST784625

Wikipedia

Geograph

Designed in a classical style, this is now a Scheduled Ancient Monument

Engine Arm

Birmingham Canal Navigations

Staffordshire

SP022889

Wikipedia

Geograph

Cast by Horseley Ironworks

Ewood Aqueduct

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Lancashire

SD675264

Wikipedia

Geograph

 

Falkirk Helix

Forth & Clyde Canal

Stirlingshire

 

Wikipedia

Boat lift

Falkirk Wheel 

Falkirk Wheel Gallery

Union Canal

Stirlingshire

NS852801

Wikipedia

Boat lift

Fourteen Locks

Monmouthshire Canal near Newport

Monmouthshire

ST282885

Own

Wikipedia

A dramatic flight of narrow and very deep locks featuring a unique and complex series of interdependent pounds.

Foxton Inclined Plane            

Grand Union Canal

Leicestershire

SP691896

Wikipedia

 

Foxton Locks

Grand Union Canal

Market Harborough

Leicestershire

SP691896

Wikipedia

Two "staircases", each of five locks.

Greenbank Aqueduct

Union Canal

Stirlingshire

NS860790

Geograph

near Falkirk Wheel

Hay Inclined Plane            

Hay Inclined Plane Gallery

Shropshire Canal at Ironbridge

Shropshire

SJ694027

Wikipedia

 

King's Norton Stop Lock

Stratford-upon-Avon Canal

Worcestershire

SP055794

Wikipedia

A stop lock with two guillotine gates.

Lichfield Canal Aqueduct

Lichfield Canal

Staffordshire

SK066064

Wikipedia

Geograph

A modern construction for a canal under restoration.

Lune Aqueduct

Lancaster Canal

Lancashire

SD483639

Wikipedia

Geograph

Grade II

Marple Aqueduct

Peak Forest Canal

Cheshire

SJ954900

Wikipedia

Geograph

A Scheduled Ancient Monument

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct Gallery

Llangollen Canal

Denbighshire

SJ269420

Wikipedia

Geograph

A cast iron trough 1,007 feet long supported 126 feet above the river by 19 masonry piers.

Prestolee Aqueduct

Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal

Lancashire

SD750063

Wikipedia

Geograph

Grade II

Scott Russell Aqueduct

Union Canal

West Lothian

NT183706

Wikipedia

Geograph

Passes over the A720 Edinburgh Bypass

Semington  Aqueduct

Kennet and Avon Canal

Wiltshire

ST899609

Wikipedia

Geograph

Older version over a brook

Semington Aqueduct (New)

Kennet and Avon Canal

Wiltshire

ST899609

Wikipedia

Geograph

Modern aqueduct opened in 2004

Slateford Aqueduct

Union Canal

Edinburgh

NT218700

Wikipedia

Geograph

 

Stanley Ferry Aqueduct

Aire and Calder Navigation

Yorkshire

SE354230

Wikipedia

Geograph

One of the earliest compression arch suspended-deck bridges in the world

Store Street Aqueduct

Ashton Canal

Lancashire

SJ849981

Wikipedia

Geograph

Built on a skew of 45 degrees across the highway, and believed to be the first of its kind in Great Britain.

Tardebigge Locks

Worcester and Birmingham Canal Bromsgrove

Worcestershire

SO973681

Wikipedia

Longest flight in the UK. 30 locks rising 67m.

The Underground Incline

 

Lancashire

 

Wikipedia

 

Tuel Lane Lock

Rochdale Canal

Yorkshire

 

Wikipedia

Deepest lock in the United Kingdom, with a fall of 19' 8"

Watford Locks

Grand Union Canal

Northamptonshire

SP592688

Wikipedia

A staircase of four locks, within an overall flight of seven

See Also:

Major Canals and Waterways

Canal Tunnels

Lock Flights and Staircases

Canals in England  

Canals in Wales 

Canals in Scotland 

Canals in Northern Ireland 

Non Navigable and Lost Canals


This list will continue to grow as we come across new places. REMEMBER if know of somewhere that you feel is a good place please let us know.

 


By: Keith Park and Tracey Park Section: Canal and Waterway Section Key:     
Page Ref: canals_major_features Topic: Canals & Waterways  Last Updated: 05/2009
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