The Grand Union Canal in England and it's variety of Canal Arms and Branches.

Starting (or ending) in the centre of Birmingham and providing a continuous route for narrowboats, cyclist and walkers through to West London, the Grand Union Canal is the longest canal in the United Kingdom. The topics below show just about all of the bridges which pass over the canal and at least one photo of every lock - all with their respective numbers. Interestingly the bridge and lock numbering system restarts at Braunston (where the canal meets the beautiful Oxford Canal), so the Grand Union Canal has a sort of north and south concept. There are several Canal Arms and Branches which flow off from the Grand Union Canal plus the long Leicester Canal Section - photos from all of these plus bits of information about them are also shown on our topics below.

All our topics about following along the Grand Union Canal on it's journey from Birmingham to London:

The numbering sytem for Bridges and Locks on the Grand Union Canal at Braunston now re-start at 001

The beautiful Leicester Section of The Grand Union Canal including Foxton Locks and The Welford Branch.

Canal Arms attached to the Grand Union Canal Main Line in England.


What are Canals? Definition of a Canal, an Engine Arm and a Feeder Arm from a "waterways" point of view.

Canals are artificial i.e. man-made waterways i.e. they were dug out to create navigable routes for boats - in days past and particularly before the advent of the railways, an enormous amount of cargo was carried around the country on these canals. The longest canal in England is The Grand Union Canal which runs from Birmingham to London. In some cases a canal was constructed to connect with navigable rivers to create a through route - for instance the Kennet and Avon Canal has a section of canal between those two rivers and this provides a through route from The Thames at Reading to Bristol Docks. Feeder Arms (Engine Arms) are usually short sections of waterway which provide a water source from reservoirs to a canal i.e. they are not usually navigable. There are exceptions - The Wendover Arm in Buckinghamshire was originally constructed to be a Feeder Arm however was then upgraded and also used as a navigable Canal Arm for a while.

We also have websites about several other canals and rivers in England which may be of interest.

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